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Ibet: Irish Punters Deserting Their Eurovision Entry, Music

Ibet: Irish Punters Deserting Their Eurovision Entry

Eurovision 2014 starts today with a series of qualifying heats in Copenhagen, leading to the event proper on Saturday night.

By | Music, Notebook | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 at 6:10 pm

The Met Gala 2014: Putting the “Costume” into “Costume Institute”, Fashion

The Met Gala 2014: Putting the “Costume” into “Costume Institute”

Last night was the Met Gala, celebrating the opening of the exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion. It’s lauded as the east coast equivalent to the Oscars: but compare the Met’s media reach to the Oscars, which pulled in 48 million television viewers from the USA alone, and it pales.

Then again, the Oscars is, ostensibly, about more than just frocks. It’s about prizes, about ambitions thwarted and dreams fulfilled. The Met Gala is about fund-raising. Never forget that. It’s a giant charity lunch, gussied up in fancy clothing. Last year, Gwyneth Paltrow said it “sucked”. Our attention, and the media hullabaloo, is all about the (cat)walk to the event, not the event itself.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 6 May 2014 at 1:34 pm

The “Off season”: Cruising, Youtubing and the interesting boredom of Dior and Louis Vuitton, Fashion

The “Off season”: Cruising, Youtubing and the interesting boredom of Dior and Louis Vuitton

I bet people wonder what fashion editors do during the “off season”: write dodgy novels, maybe? Shop? Painstakingly plan ensembles to be crated and shipped ready for the next round of shows, when said eds are released from their pen, like the rabid hounds that shred unwanted visitors to Mr Burns’ mansion in The Simpsons? Only fashion editors voraciously attack and devour garments, and sometimes designers, rather than intruders.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 25 April 2014 at 9:49 pm

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Matt Haig on Echo Boy, Arts

Children’s Book Blog: Ask the author – Matt Haig on Echo Boy

Matt Haig is best known for his critically-acclaimed adult bestsellers but Echo Boy marks his first foray into young adult literature, and his second into sci-fi.

By | Arts, Notebook | Friday, 25 April 2014 at 12:19 pm

Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty comes home to roost, Fashion

Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty comes home to roost

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum today confirmed that next year they will present the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, a retrospective of the work of the late British fashion designer originally staged by the Costume Institute of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. “Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here,” said Martin Roth, the Director of the V&A. “By staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home.”

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 25 April 2014 at 12:41 am

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up II, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up II

Back in February I wrote about getting my tomato plants outside in the middle of April. True to my word, I tentatively put three outside on the front steps last week, and this week I’ve released more into the outdoors. Here on the steps they will stay, because at the allotment they risk being struck [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 23 April 2014 at 5:02 pm

Ibet: European Cup competitions latest betting, Notebook

Ibet: European Cup competitions latest betting

Chelsea have been given an unlikely chance of another Champions League night of glory

By | Notebook | Friday, 11 April 2014 at 5:02 pm

Wheels: Journeys through Paralympic Sport, Health

Wheels: Journeys through Paralympic Sport

James Moore will chronicle his experiences in wheelchair basketball, highlight any events of note (world/UK championships and the like), and cover some of the big issues facing disability sports

By | Health, Notebook, Sport | Thursday, 10 April 2014 at 12:01 pm

Mount Street: fashion’s new promised land, Fashion

Mount Street: fashion’s new promised land

Last week, Linda Farrow fêted the official opening of their London flagship on Mayfair’s Mount Street with a swanky dinner at the seafood restaurant Scott’s. Scott’s – infamous as the crucible of Highella-gate, but also purveyor of posh nosh in fashionably undersized proportions – is situated directly across the street from Linda Farrow Gallery. Scott’s is flanked by Marc Jacobs, while the Linda Farrow boutique is adjacent to the expansive new Celine store and the double-frontage of Moynat, a 19th century luxury trunk manufacturer relaunched by LVMH in 2010. Down the street, a hoarding advertises the impending opening of a Roksanda Ilincic boutique. Christopher Kane is also set to open imminently. What is it that makes Mount Street so different, so appealing?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 8 April 2014 at 7:07 pm

Ibet: Real Madrid To Get The Job Finished In Dortmund, Football

Ibet: Real Madrid To Get The Job Finished In Dortmund

Dortmund have top scorer Robert Lewandowski back for Real Madrid’s visit but you have to wonder whether the Germans are a little bit out-gunned here.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Monday, 7 April 2014 at 4:07 pm

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