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Barking Blondes:Dogs in Politics, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes:Dogs in Politics

We are all familiar with the image of a campaigning, grinning, politican holding a baby but is the act of humanity quite so strong if the same MP is clutching a dog?
With a general election on the horizon we wonder if a dog owners vote can be swayed by a strategically placed mutt?
The two of [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 26 October 2014 at 6:00 am

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – final race report, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – final race report

The volunteer was insistent. “Hurry, hurry! NO! Don’t sit down! You can’t stop! Keep moving!” I was at the penultimate checkpoint on the UTMB – some 43 hours into the one of the world’s ultimate ultra-marathons and the biggest challenge of my running life. Here I was at La Tete aux Vents, high up in [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 24 October 2014 at 12:56 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Collier Books – great paperback design… and some of the worst Narnia covers I’ve seen

This in lieu of a full post, a favourite cover pulled at random from the shelves: This edition of Stendhal’s A Roman Journal, from Collier Books, published in 1961, the year, so the internet tells me, that the imprint was swallowed up into Macmillan.
Which is a shame, as it’s a charming paperback imprint – still [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 24 October 2014 at 12:18 pm

Pulled Apart By Horses’ European tour diary, Arts

Pulled Apart By Horses’ European tour diary

The Leeds rockers reveal why they think Russell Brand is a good addition to the British political landscape.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 23 October 2014 at 3:09 pm

The Football Lawyer: The career of a Premier League footballer is similar to that of a City professional, Football

The Football Lawyer: The career of a Premier League footballer is similar to that of a City professional

In football, where money talks, there are few pronouncements louder than the salary of a Premier League player.

By | Football, Sport | Thursday, 23 October 2014 at 2:34 pm

Fantastic Man on his return to London, Music

Fantastic Man on his return to London

Mic Newman AKA Fantastic Man hails from Melbourne in Australia, but relocated to Europe a few years ago – starting off in London before heading to Berlin, where he is currently based. He returns to London this coming Sunday for a daytime party called Virtue, so I caught up with him ahead of the event [...]

By | Music | Monday, 20 October 2014 at 5:01 pm

A World Cricket XI for the ages, Sport

A World Cricket XI for the ages

One man’s pursuit of cricketing nerd nirvana: an all-time XI made up of a player from each decade 1910-2010.

By | Sport | Monday, 20 October 2014 at 3:11 pm

Narendra Modi strengthens political grip with Indian state election wins, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi strengthens political grip with Indian state election wins

Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on a ten-year mission to turn India into a successful world power with a strong nationalist base. Today (Oct 19) they have put two more building blocks in place with two state assembly election victories in Maharashtra and Haryana, where they [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 19 October 2014 at 4:14 pm

Barking Blondes: Rescuing from abroad, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Rescuing from abroad

Known as “a nation of animal lovers,” it’s a concern, therefore, that Britain’s animal rescue centres are bursting at the seams. Despite the likes of Paul O’Grady and his successful Battersea Cats and Dogs home series, there are simply not enough homes to go round.
Some of the blame can be linked to the fact that [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 19 October 2014 at 6:00 am

Her Outdoors: this beet’s everything, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: this beet’s everything

The evenings are getting darker, and the seed catalogues are coming through my door at least once a week now. I have to stop myself from over-ordering seeds that I already have. My seeds are organised into drawers, in a slightly obsessive Monica from Friends style, first into plant groups – like roots, brassicas, leaves [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 8:33 pm

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