The Independent London Newspaper
26th April 2019

The Xtra Diary

    Amy Tyler: ‘I try to recycle as much as possible and I used the items we recycle

    Amy puts art into recycling

    THE side of a bin van might not be your first choice for hanging your artwork, but tell that to eco-dauber Amy Tyler.
    The 15-year-old from St John’s Wood has just won a competition to have her design, which she hopes will inspire people to recycle, emblazoned on the side of the council’s new fleet of waste trucks (pictured).
    She beat 200 other children to win the “why it’s good to recycle” competition.
    Amy was overjoyed with her victory. “I am so happy that I won.
    I really love drawing and I can’t believe that my design is now going to be seen by loads of people in the West End.
    “My family and I try to recycle as much as possible and I used the items we recycle as my inspiration.”
    The launch of the new truck displaying Amy’s design coincides with the council offering all Westminster residents a service which allows recycling of all paper and cardboard, food tins and drink cans, glass bottles and jars and plastic bottles.

    Henderson draws inspiration from rainy city

    THE only other person Diary knows to call himself a “Citizen of the World” is John Pilger, and he’s not exactly constricted in the ego department.
    So it was with a certain amount of trepidation we met another one, the artist Henderson Cisz, at his latest exhibition at the Whitewall Gallery in St James’s last Thursday evening.
    Thankfully, we found that Brazilian-born Cisz, voted by his peers as “artist of the year,” giving him even more reason to be swollen-headed, was nothing of the sort.
    He happily mingled with guests, most of whom were speechless from admiring his dazzling oil cityscapes.
    In a rather surreal conversation, he told Diary about his fondness for the rain (good thing he moved to London then), saying he liked the “hunched shoulders” and “defensive postures” it creates in its dwellers.

    Big Max! Leading part for young star

    DIARY was delighted that eight-year-old Max Craig was chosen by the famous English National Opera company for the pivotal part of Christ the Child in their production of Handel’s Messiah at the Coliseum this week.
    Max, who attends Christopher Hatton Primary in Holborn, was spotted by a choreographer as he performed in a show at the London Contemporary Dance School, which he attends every Saturday.
    His mother, Hannah Sawtell, told me he was swiftly chosen as the sole child to play Christ during nine performances over two and half weeks, ending today (Friday).
    Ms Sawtell, who lives with Max in the Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury, said the role, which required him to play a “positive, energetic child”, could have been written especially for him.
    “The role works for him because that’s exactly what he is,” she said, adding that it was spookily suitable for him in other ways.
    “I don’t believe in fate, but there are a few strange coincidences,” she added. We live right next to Thomas Coram’s Foundling Hospital, which was funded by Handel.
    “And we live in Handel Street in a building called Foundling Court.”
    Apparently, Max was a big hit with the adult performers, particularly the alto, who knitted him a scarf.

    St Paul’s is the place to be for carols

    WHO would be a vicar at this time of year?
    Well, one man earning his mince pies is Reverend Simon Grigg, rector of St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden, who is about half-way through a carolathon this Christmas.
    The programme kicked off in November and there’s been no let up since.
    Should you be in need of some festive cheer you could do worse than head to down to the piazza of an evening and catch one of the carol services. Forthcoming highlights include the Rainbow Trust Carol Concert at 7pm on Wednesday December16 and the big nine lessons and carols by candlelight on Sunday December 20.
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