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Her Outdoors: planting potatoes, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: planting potatoes

I’ve been on holiday, but the allotment isn’t taking any down time at the moment – despite some very chilly days last week, buds are bursting on the fruit trees, the spring cabbages under nets are swelling and tiny radish seedlings are getting bigger by the day.
The weeds are also flourishing – my plot is [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Monday, 31 March 2014 at 9:31 am

On the red carpet, finally, something new, courtesy of Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton, Fashion

On the red carpet, finally, something new, courtesy of Nicolas Ghesquiere at Louis Vuitton

I’m not overwhelmingly interested in celebrity dressing. Is anyone, really? The rounds of premieres, awards-shows and television appearances are relentless – every country has its own launch for a film, a television programme, a magazine, a cereal. And every launch has an outfit. Bar a few celebrities with emblematic style (Kate Moss) or hefty endorsement deals (Jennifer Lawrence in Dior, obviously), what they wear is mostly forgettable. Just like so much of fashion today is forgettable. There’s a surfeit of stuff. Most of it is anodyne, rehashed, dull and unnecessary. Why would I be interested in that?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 29 March 2014 at 4:10 pm

Ibet: Stats Point To A Lay Of Arsenal As Manchester City Come To Town, Football

Ibet: Stats Point To A Lay Of Arsenal As Manchester City Come To Town

Arsenal put in a storming end to last season to secure Champions League football but this time around they are losing momentum at just the wrong time.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 4:55 pm

Ultra-marathon man: From Eastern Europe to Western Australia, Notebook

Ultra-marathon man: From Eastern Europe to Western Australia

Since my last blog I’ve made it through Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, marking the end of the European leg of my journey.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 27 March 2014 at 3:48 pm

Ibet: Manchester United’s Record Against Top Half Teams Is Poor, Football

Ibet: Manchester United’s Record Against Top Half Teams Is Poor

I’m against Manchester United in tonight’s Manchester derby. It’s not just a perception that David Moyes’ men are having a rough old time of it against top teams – it’s backed up by the statistics.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at 9:11 am

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf on Oksa Pollock, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf on Oksa Pollock

Hailed by the publishing cognoscenti as ‘the French Harry Potter’, the six books in the Oksa Pollock series have gained millions of teenage fans worldwide. But the books would never have made it into print were it not for the determination of co-authors Anne Plichota and Cendrine Wolf, who self-published the first Oksa installment in 2007.

By | Arts, Notebook | Monday, 24 March 2014 at 12:00 am

What do Raf Simons, Peter Saville and Michael Alig all have in common…?, Fashion

What do Raf Simons, Peter Saville and Michael Alig all have in common…?

Our spring/summer 2014 men’s fashion edition of The Independent magazine – published today – really began a year ago: on the first day of the Paris collections, in the Gagosian gallery in Le Bourget, on the very outskirts (and then some) of the city. Way out there, Raf Simons showed a menswear collection soundtracked and influenced by the late eighties/early nineties house music genre known as Gabba. The collection comprised of sportswear, but not as we’d seen it before: torsos elongated, shorts abbreviated and adidas trainers jacked up on ginormous platform soles like Michael Alig’s Club Kids.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 22 March 2014 at 10:43 am

Ibet: Manchester United to kick on against West Ham, Football

Ibet: Manchester United to kick on against West Ham

Sometimes a single game can turn a season around – look what followed Aston Villa’s 4-1 win against Norwich – and there are reasons for thinking that at a shade of odds on Manchester United are a good bet to beat West Ham on Saturday.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Friday, 21 March 2014 at 5:25 pm

Sate your Need for Speed, Notebook

Sate your Need for Speed

Our inner cave men and women ache for risk, danger and adventure. When we find it, the payoff is a huge, satisfying mood boost. My inner Cave Lady craves adventure. And that’s why I spent last weekend in North Wales.

By | Notebook | Friday, 21 March 2014 at 3:59 pm

World Down Syndrome Day, Notebook

World Down Syndrome Day

Each year the voice of people with Down’s syndrome and those who live and work with them join together to focus attention on what it means to have Down syndrome and how those with the condition play a vital role in communities across the world.

By | Notebook | Friday, 21 March 2014 at 12:49 pm

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