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Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s, Arts

Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s

Cathy MacPhail’s ever-expanding cabinet of book awards is a physical testament to her enduring popularity amongst teenage readers, with the most recent addition being her third Scottish Children’s Book Award. We caught up with her in the midst of launching her latest books, Devil You Know, an action-packed teen thriller with a sensational twist and The Stars Shall Be Bright, a moving story of a family caught up in the consequences of WW1.

By | Arts | Friday, 27 March 2015 at 1:54 pm

That hung parliament scenario in full, Eagle Eye

That hung parliament scenario in full

I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely pointed out that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act meant that votes on a Queen’s Speech (a government’s programme for a new session of Parliament) or a Budget could no longer be declared matters of confidence and therefore could not [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 11:23 am

Lost in the Riots Interview: ‘If you’d told us we’d be going to Europe with this band four times, we would’ve told you to bugger off!’, Arts

Lost in the Riots Interview: ‘If you’d told us we’d be going to Europe with this band four times, we would’ve told you to bugger off!’

Watford based Lost in the Riots have released 2 albums and an EP in their relatively short four year career. Having already played prestigious up and coming festivals such as StrangeForms and ArcTanGent, the post-rock four piece are already making great strides. Remfry Dedman sat down with the band to discuss community, persistent rumours and [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 11:00 am

Her Outdoors: Wasabi and chips, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Wasabi and chips

Even though they take up a lot of space on the allotment, I wouldn’t stop growing potatoes each year for two reasons – first, because the taste is so much better than shop-bought, and second, because they are prolific. Potatoes do need a lot of compost for earthing up, but this just takes some planning [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 8:45 pm

Barking Blondes: ‘Dangerous Dog’ sentencing, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: ‘Dangerous Dog’ sentencing

This week, the Sentencing Council, drafted a new guidance for courts, on  ‘dangerous dogs sentencing’.
Last year we saw the maximum sentencing for an owner, whose dog kills a person, increase from two to 14 years.
The much-anticipated new guidelines, have now been sent to experts for public consultation. They will follow on from the changes made [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 9:15 am

How Marcel Dettmann thought up his compilation, Film

How Marcel Dettmann thought up his compilation

The German techno legend reveals the thinking behind his label’s new release, the snappily titled MDR Compilation.

By | Film | Tuesday, 24 March 2015 at 8:53 am

Dior and I: an artful argument for a new couture, Fashion

Dior and I: an artful argument for a new couture

It’s really difficult to get fashion on film right – because it means so much to the people who love it, and is worthless to those who loathe it. Nothing will change those points of view – not extolling the hours of work poured into intricate clothes, not bandying about awe-inspiring figures about fashion house turnovers, not filming seamstresses weeping with emotion as their work is showcased, or possibly ripped to pieces. I personally fall into the former camp, so no matter how much you question the worth versus the cost or roll your eyes with puritan disgust at the vanity of it all, I won’t be swayed.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 23 March 2015 at 7:22 pm

Rahul Gandhi’s on a trip that maybe shouldn’t end, The Foreign Desk

Rahul Gandhi’s on a trip that maybe shouldn’t end

The Modi government has at last had a couple of parliamentary successes with two urgent pieces of legislation covering auctions of coal and other mining leases being passed on March 20 at the end of the first part of the Budget session. That was the result of political haggling and deal making with opposition parties that [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 23 March 2015 at 9:22 am

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird, Music

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird

I remember hearing ‘Who’s Afraid Of Detroit’ being rinsed by all the dubstep DJs back in the mid-2000s. That track was my introduction to Claude VonStroke, a man who has established his label, dirtybird, as a premier house and techno platform. With a great team of artists at its core, the label has gone from [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 19 March 2015 at 5:07 pm

Her Outdoors: Sowing outdoors, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Sowing outdoors

Yes, spring is stalling and all that warmth we had earlier this month has been replaced by chilly air. But nevertheless, when I put my soil thermometer into my beds this week it read 9.5 C – warm enough to start sowing seeds direct. Woohoo!
I spent four hours at Plot 35a on Monday, and it [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 17 March 2015 at 10:35 pm

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