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The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Dakar the hard way, Notebook

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Dakar the hard way

Today started at 4am when my tent was shaken furiously by assistant team manager Justin Birchall. “Get up, the truck’s in trouble, we’re going to RV with it.” One of the curiosities of spending life with a team of ex-military personnel is their reliance on acronyms in place of normal speech. Birchall might be forgiven, except that he’s a civvie volunteer.

By | Notebook | Monday, 20 January 2014 at 1:16 am

Paris menswear autumn/winter 2014: Cashing in at Kenzo, Dior Homme and Hermes, Fashion

Paris menswear autumn/winter 2014: Cashing in at Kenzo, Dior Homme and Hermes

Kenzo chose to show their autumn/winter 2014 collection in the former Crédit Lyonnais headquarters. Symbolic, maybe, because menswear right now symbolises money in the bank for many a multi-billion fashion conglomerate. China is the motivating factor, where menswear sales make up approximately 55% of a luxury goods market set to become the world’s biggest (as compared to 40% on average worldwide). Hence the fact that the winter menswear shows seem bigger, more extravagant and more confident than usual. There’s buoyancy amongst the boys.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 18 January 2014 at 9:13 pm

Plugging in and manning up for Raf Simons and A/W 2014 menswear, Fashion

Plugging in and manning up for Raf Simons and A/W 2014 menswear

Watching the menswear shows online – as I have been doing over these opening four days of the autumn/winter 2014 Paris collections – is very different to observing them in flesh and fabric.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 18 January 2014 at 1:28 pm

The Scott Expedition: 102 years ago Captain Scott and his men reached the South Pole, Notebook

The Scott Expedition: 102 years ago Captain Scott and his men reached the South Pole

By the time you read this it’ll be January 17th, which is the date Captain Scott, along with his companions Bowers, Oates, Wilson and Evans reached the South Pole.

By | Notebook | Friday, 17 January 2014 at 2:41 pm

The Scott Expedition: Two Months on the Ice, Notebook

The Scott Expedition: Two Months on the Ice

Christmas Day marked two months on the ice. Here’s a snapshot into the first 62 days of the Scott Expedition.

By | Notebook | Friday, 17 January 2014 at 2:00 pm

Secondary Breast Cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part three, Health

Secondary Breast Cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part three

Welcome to part three of the ‘Ismena treatment catch up’. I arrive at the Royal Marsden with a smile on my face ready for round three of chemotherapy.

By | Health, Notebook | Friday, 17 January 2014 at 4:00 am

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: A serious injury does not stop extraordinary achievement, Notebook

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: A serious injury does not stop extraordinary achievement

When you’ve spent time with the Race2Recovery team, it becomes easy to forget that the team was inspired by a desire to rehabilitate seriously injured servicemen. Barney Gillespie ceases to be Barney the amputee and becomes Barney the genial Irishman. For me, they’re no longer defined by their injuries, but that isn’t to belittle the impact it continues to have on their lives.

By | Notebook | Friday, 17 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Secondary Breast Cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part two, Notebook

Secondary Breast Cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part two

So here we are, part two of the Treatment Rollercoaster update blog.I’m sorry I didn’t keep you all updated as it went along but it took all my energy to keep upbeat and stoic about everything that was happening.

By | Notebook | Friday, 17 January 2014 at 12:19 am

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Spare a thought for the support crew, Notebook

The Dakar Rally with Race2Recovery: Spare a thought for the support crew

While the Race2Recovery truck does battle with the dunes, it’s worth sparing a thought for the support crew. For them, life on the Dakar isn’t nearly as glamorous as it sounds. For almost three weeks, they must survive a nomadic existence, moving from bivouac to bivouac across vast distances. It’s not just the competitors for whom the Dakar is a test of endurance.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 16 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Are lenders all set for April’s new rules?, Property

Are lenders all set for April’s new rules?

New regulations for the mortgage market are set to come into play on 26 April

By | Property | Wednesday, 15 January 2014 at 12:59 pm

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