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Rett Syndrome and me: White picket fences, Health

Rett Syndrome and me: White picket fences

When you’re young, I think you think that by the time you’re, say, 36, you’ll have it all figured out: love, family, money, career, that important fundamental kind of stuff. Not necessarily all perfect, white-picket-fence sorted, but perhaps at least a muddy-brown splintered gate sorted.

By | Health, Notebook | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 4:30 pm

ibet: Cashing out can be clever betting

Betfair’s ‘Belief Barometer’ can monitor the betting behaviour of fans of individual clubs. And the pattern emerging is that fans of both Welsh clubs in the Premier League are losing the faith.

By | Notebook | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 1:00 pm

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the Illustrator – Jane Ray, Notebook

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the Illustrator – Jane Ray

Jane Ray is one of Britain’s foremost children’s book illustrators and a keen storyteller, as Rebecca Davies finds out

By | Notebook | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 9:13 am

Her Outdoors: Buried Treasure, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Buried Treasure

There are lots of advantages of living on a hill. You get to see proper sunsets, even in the crowded skyline of London. In the summer, the front steps of the house become baking hot, making it perfect for growing tomatoes in pots. But there are downsides, shown in the amount of debris that was [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 5 February 2014 at 5:03 pm

Her Outdoors: Frappe latte greenhouses, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Frappe latte greenhouses

Jane Merrick finds a novel method to protect her newly sprouted pak-choi, mizuna and spring cabbages

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 4 February 2014 at 9:15 am

Ultramarathon man: Conquering Europe, Notebook

Ultramarathon man: Conquering Europe

A lot has happened since my last post and there have been a lot of ups and downs in my race against the clock to complete the European leg of my world run.

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 29 January 2014 at 12:49 pm

Couture with clout, by Chanel, Armani, Valentino and Vionnet, Fashion

Couture with clout, by Chanel, Armani, Valentino and Vionnet

The couture schedule, somehow, was packed this past week. Here are a few words on a few shows for the spring/summer 2014 haute couture week, including Vionnet, Chanel, Valentino and Armani.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 23 January 2014 at 5:01 pm

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Reaching the end, Notebook

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Reaching the end

So they did it. On a Chilean mountainside, Daniel ‘Baz’ Whittingham became only the second amputee ever to complete the Dakar Rally, and the first in the truck category. He follows his Race2Recovery team mate, Philip ‘Barney’ Gillespie, who became the first amputee to complete the Dakar last year when he teamed up with Major Matt O’Hare in a Wildcat rally car.

By | Notebook | Monday, 20 January 2014 at 10:39 pm

Couture’s future looks bright: Versace, Dior, Schiaparelli, in Paris, Fashion

Couture’s future looks bright: Versace, Dior, Schiaparelli, in Paris

In less than 24 hours, we’ve had four very, very different interpretations of twenty-first century haute couture. How to reconcile the whimsy of Marco Zanini’s Schiaparelli debut with the hyper-modern aerated layers of Raf Simons’ go-faster Dior? How could you compare the cinched-in, souped-up sexuality of Donatella Versace’s Atelier ode to Grace Jones with Giambattista Valli’s embroidered, gazar-wrapped chocolate-box frocks? Couture is about contrasts. There’s aren’t that many customers out there left, so canny couture houses are appealing to niches with deep, deep pockets.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 20 January 2014 at 8:38 pm

Noble aims, fun and games, and Donatella’s Game of Thrones. Umit Benan, Saint Laurent and Atelier Versace, in Paris., Fashion

Noble aims, fun and games, and Donatella’s Game of Thrones. Umit Benan, Saint Laurent and Atelier Versace, in Paris.

Umit Benan’s ode to Jackie Robinson and Hedi Slimane’s streetwise Saint Laurent close the autumn/winter 2014 menswear season, while Donatella Versace opens the spring couture. Fashion waits for no man, woman, nor Lady Gaga, in Paris.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 20 January 2014 at 12:05 pm

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