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Ibet: Looming Champions League Games Could Influence FA Cup Ties, Notebook

Ibet: Looming Champions League Games Could Influence FA Cup Ties

There are a couple of mouthwatering FA Cup clashes over the weekend, both with interesting sub-plots.

By | Notebook | Saturday, 15 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Her Outdoors: Divide and rule, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Divide and rule

During winter, I have a habit of staring at the blank canvas of soil on many of my allotment beds, peering closely to see if anything is growing.

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 13 February 2014 at 8:57 pm

New York fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014: Marc by Marc Jacobs, by Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley, Fashion

New York fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2014: Marc by Marc Jacobs, by Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley

This season it’s all change at Marc by Marc Jacobs – a name that, incidentally, may be being jettisoned, according to a recent interview with Jacobs himself. Maybe that’s because Marc by Marc Jacobs isn’t by Marc Jacobs anymore. It’s by a British twosome, Katie Hillier and Luella Bartley, creative director and head designer respectively, who were brought on to grab MBMJ by the scruff of its honestly-rather-dull neck and give it a bit of a shake-up.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 11:21 pm

The Scott Expedition: The final steps, Notebook

The Scott Expedition: The final steps

Ben and Tarka officially made the first completion of Scott’s iconic 1,795 mile Terra Nova route from the very coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 4:07 pm

Diverse diversions, from Hood by Air and DKNY, Fashion

Diverse diversions, from Hood by Air and DKNY

Lack of diversity and unrealistic portrayals of women (and men) in fashion are the go-to criticisms levied on the industry. The highest echelons of fashion, sadly, don’t care to respond and when they do, it’s often mere tokenism or poor taste (the “Vogue Black” section of the Vogue Italia website, whilst doubtless well-meaning, is one high-profile example).

New York, with its rich history of welcoming immigrants from the world over, might seem like the perfect setting to bring diversity in fashion to the forefront. Trouble is, the industry here is ruled by status quo – going too far off-piste might jeopardise the all-important bottom line. And we don’t need Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street to tell us that this is a city that is almost defined by its bottom line.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 2:15 pm

Her Outdoors: Planting peas, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Planting peas

In October I sowed some peas (for podding this time, not shoots) in root-trainers – which are great because each root-trainer set contains 32 cells, a lot in a small space, and they encourage longer roots. They are perfect for peas, broad beans and sweet peas which love the length to stretch their legs. I [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 11 February 2014 at 10:54 am

Her Outdoors: Pea shooter, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Pea shooter

The name of this blog might be “Her Outdoors”, but the continuing rain and strong winds make it very difficult to do anything other than get the gardening year started indoors

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 9 February 2014 at 4:21 pm

Altuzarra’s sexuality, Prabal Gurung’s old drapes and fly fishing with Alexander Wang, in New York., Fashion

Altuzarra’s sexuality, Prabal Gurung’s old drapes and fly fishing with Alexander Wang, in New York.

At the Prabal Gurung show, of all places, I ended up discussing Joseph Altuzarra with Natalie Kingham, the international buyer for MatchesFashion.com (as they were recently rebranded).

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 9 February 2014 at 2:16 pm

Amidst the grey slush of NYFW, shining peaks from Jason Wu and Coach, Fashion

Amidst the grey slush of NYFW, shining peaks from Jason Wu and Coach

I’ve just arrived in New York for the latest round of shows. It’s been snowing, in case you haven’t heard.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 8 February 2014 at 4:18 pm

Secondary breast cancer: The sink hole in the road, Health

Secondary breast cancer: The sink hole in the road

It’s fair to say, I’ve had a number of speed bumps in the road of life recently and to be honest I’m a bit bored of them!

By | Health, Notebook | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 4:44 pm

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