From The Little Red Book to the Green Cross Code, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion opens at the British Library exploring state propaganda from all over the world in its many forms

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* 17 May to 17 September 2013

The British Library is delighted to present a major new exhibition examining state propaganda, from its origins in the ancient world up until the present day. With over 200 exhibits on display, ranging from chilling Nazi propaganda to modern day ephemera such as bank notes, badges and even tweets which permeate our everyday lives, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion is the first exhibition to gather such a significant range of international state propaganda in one room, looking at its rationales, methods and effectiveness.

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New & exclusive: The Big Bloom

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With Chelsea Flower Show nearly upon us, I thought you might like the ingenious ‘Big Bloom’ vase . New and exclusive to The Conran Shop, designed by Charlie Guda it combines a test tube with a magnifying lens to show off single blooms – greatly magnifying any flower so you can see the fine intricacies in much greater detail. Whether it’s a rose you’ve received from a loved one or the smallest wild flowers picked on a country walk, the ‘Big Bloom’ vase will make the most of it turning each stem into a work of art. Priced at £29.00.

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Coronation Festival and John Lewis

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John Lewis Oxford Street and Peter Jones will be taking part in the one-off event this summer for holders of Royal Warrants to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation. The event will be held in the Gardens at Buckingham Palace and the two John Lewis shops will be part of the four day celebrations between the 11th and 14th July 2013.

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Plantation Rug Company heads to the Arqiva British Academy Television Awards as SS13 collection launches

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Last night (Sunday 12 May) stars from our screens strutted their stuff on Plantation Rug Company’s red carpet for BAFTA’s Television Awards held at the Royal Festival Hall. Perfect timing for the style conscious company, marking the launch of the new SS13 collection which hits the website and UK retailers on 15 May.