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Her Outdoors: August is here, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: August is here

Last weekend I put down my Japanese razor hoe and went to judge other people’s plots in the finals of Britain’s Best Allotment. The results will be revealed during National Allotment Week next week, so I can’t say too much here, apart from thanking the lovely people who invited me and my fellow judges onto [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 1 August 2015 at 7:59 pm

Bangladesh land swap tonight shows what India can achieve despite China, The Foreign Desk

Bangladesh land swap tonight shows what India can achieve despite China

Of all the visits to 25 foreign countries that Narendra Modi has made since he became India’s prime minister 14 months ago, a recent trip to neighbouring Bangladesh yielded perhaps the most concrete outcome. On a relatively brief weekend visit in June, Modi signed an agreement with Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, for the two countries to swap [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 31 July 2015 at 2:47 pm

Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic

In my last post I wrote about picking the last of the peas and broad beans from the central bed and removing the spent plants. Normally I would cut the plants down to the ground and leave the root systems in place because legumes, particularly the broad beans, develop nodules on the roots of mature [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 7:39 pm

Have the cuts to council budgets really been painless for the public?, Chunomics

Have the cuts to council budgets really been painless for the public?

There have been big cuts in poor areas and lighter cuts in well-off districts. If there was localised dissatisfaction at the impact of these cuts on services a national poll would not necessarily pick it up.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 4:52 pm

Political scandals block the workings of India’s parliament, The Foreign Desk

Political scandals block the workings of India’s parliament

Until a few weeks ago, Shivraj Singh Chauhan was regarded as one of India’s most successful and responsible chief ministers. During the ten years that he has held that post in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, he has transformed its agriculture, cared for the poor and for minority groups such as Muslims, and displayed [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 22 July 2015 at 2:06 pm

Why doesn’t a higher minimum wage help the poor more?, Chunomics

Why doesn’t a higher minimum wage help the poor more?

A surprisingly large share of minimum wage workers are in the top half of the distribution. Indeed, there are more minimum wage earners in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth highest deciles than in the bottom two poorest deciles.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 14 July 2015 at 2:13 pm

In Rome, poetry in motion and couture as sculpture from Valentino and Azzedine Alaïa, Fashion

In Rome, poetry in motion and couture as sculpture from Valentino and Azzedine Alaïa

The moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie, as they say, at the Villa Aurelia in Rome. It wasn’t amore though, it was Valentino. They were throwing a post-show, post-watershed shindig to celebrate their autumn/winter 2015 haute couture collection, which they’d uprooted from Paris to present in the Italian capital of alta moda. Why? Why not?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 13 July 2015 at 12:10 am

Her Outdoors: A squash and some peas, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: A squash and some peas

In gardening, some things are perfectly named – runner beans can run away up the bean poles, say, and there are a whole host of diseases and disorders which have does-what-it-says-on-the-tin names: scab, brown rot and bitter pit alone in apples… But the squash, the autumnal cousin of the courgette, the fancier sister of the [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 10:30 pm

A Budget that makes little economic sense, Eagle Eye

A Budget that makes little economic sense

Moving rapidly to budget surplus makes us more vulnerable to the next crisis by keeping interest rates low.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 7:15 pm

Nightclubbing and the search for a new individuality. Or maybe just fun, at Miu Miu, Fashion

Nightclubbing and the search for a new individuality. Or maybe just fun, at Miu Miu

Identity is important in fashion – especially today, when there are so many clothes that all seem to look the same. The important thing for designers is distinguishing themselves and their wares from the rest of the flock.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 5 July 2015 at 9:59 am

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