Is South Sudan’s humanitarian crisis comparable with Rwanda’s – twenty years after the world promised ‘never again’?
Here’s a timely recommendation for any parents looking something fun (and sneakily educational) to do with the kids this Easter holidays: the ‘Discover’ Children’s Story Centre in Stratford, East London.
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opens at London’s Barbican Art gallery this Wednesday, the latest stop in a blockbuster transatlantic tour. The retrospective exhibition has the magnitude of a pop concert staged by Madonna, or Kylie, or Gaga even. That’s no random smattering of stars: they’ve all been dressed by Gaultier, at one time or another.
We were up in North Yorkshire at the weekend. Every morning, a heavy mist hung over the Howardian Hills, refusing to budge until well after lunch. In the morning, it was chilly enough for coats and fleeces, but when the sun broke through it felt as though there was a 10 degree increase in temperature. [...]
Children’s Book Blog – books for April: The Day the Crayons Quit, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig and Grasshopper Jungle
At the start of each month, I pick out three of the best children’s book I’ve been reading recently, from picture books to Young Adult novels, old classics to new favourites. My recommendations for April are The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, The Unbelievable Top Secret Diary of Pig by Emer Stamp and Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.
Sir Alex Ferguson will surely have choked on his Premier Cru when he saw that bookies are offering 13/2 (that’s six and a half to one) about Manchester United winning a game at home
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 [...]
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?
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.
Since my last blog I’ve made it through Romania, Bulgaria and Turkey, marking the end of the European leg of my journey.
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