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Ibet: Galatasary and Chelsea: Game Could Be Tight In Turkey, Notebook

Ibet: Galatasary and Chelsea: Game Could Be Tight In Turkey

Galatasary have kept four clean sheets in their last five games, and at home have only conceded two goals in their last seven games.

By | Notebook, Sport | Tuesday, 25 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Tomato catch-up

Whether you’re intending to grow tomatoes in a greenhouse or outdoors (like me), it is a good idea to start planning the sowing of this wonderful crop that can, if you get it right, keep you going until Christmas.
There are some gardening wimps out there who say you can’t grow tomatoes outdoors in Britain, firstly [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Monday, 24 February 2014 at 9:00 am

Fast fashion, lazy luxury and tenderness: From Milan, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Versace and Jil Sander, Fashion

Fast fashion, lazy luxury and tenderness: From Milan, Moschino, Bottega Veneta, Versace and Jil Sander

Milan fashion week is sometimes a little bit like groundhog day. The same shows are staged in the same showrooms, at the same time, to the same audience. It’s all rather predictable.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 22 February 2014 at 4:21 pm

Ibet: Newcastle struggling to cope with loss of Yohan Cabaye, Football

Ibet: Newcastle struggling to cope with loss of Yohan Cabaye

A difficult Premier League card over the weekend where it’s hard to be confident enough about anything to recommend a solid bet at odds on; and it’s perhaps better to look for some speculative value.

By | Football, Games, Notebook, Sport | Saturday, 22 February 2014 at 11:35 am

Distractions and attractions: all the stage is Prada, in Milan., Fashion

Distractions and attractions: all the stage is Prada, in Milan.

Miuccia Prada is currently fixated on the performative aspect of fashion. Her latest collection was titled simply “Act II”. Or maybe it wasn’t a title, but more a statement of fact. It linked it immediately to the menswear show she presented in January, implying the two are part of a continuum. The clothes links it too, as did the presence of male and female models. That was an element many criticised in her menswear show, complaining there were too many female models in too much of her womenswear pre-collection. If they didn’t say it in print, they certainly expressed it verbally. I wonder if any of that reached the top of that Carsten Höller slide where Miuccia Prada’s office sits? If so, I suspect it would only have inclined her to add more male looks to her ostensibly all-woman show.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 21 February 2014 at 9:10 am

Time for Manchester City to step up to the plate, Football

Time for Manchester City to step up to the plate

Manchester City’s game against Barcelona looks a real blockbuster and the home side does look to have a genuine chance of winning.

By | Football, Notebook, Sport | Thursday, 20 February 2014 at 7:32 pm

Thoughts on Meadham Kirchhoff, couture, and codes., Fashion

Thoughts on Meadham Kirchhoff, couture, and codes.

Edward Meadham once told me he was interested in codes. “The codes of dressing, these languages,” were the words he used. Then we went off on a tangent about Chanel. But that idea of “coding through clothes has stuck with me ever since, whenever looking at a Meadham Kirchhoff collection.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Wednesday, 19 February 2014 at 10:36 pm

Her Outdoors: Time to plant a fruit tree, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Time to plant a fruit tree

Every allotment needs fruit  bushes and trees. Compared to vegetables, fruit is fairly low maintenance – once you sort out the pruning, nourishing with well-rotted manure and netting your harvest to keep the birds off.
I got my first allotment nearly four years ago – actually, about a week before I gave birth to my daughter. [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 at 10:38 pm

Riff versus rip-off: Tom Ford, Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou shine in London, Fashion

Riff versus rip-off: Tom Ford, Christopher Kane and Mary Katrantzou shine in London

Referencing is an odd thing in fashion. After all, there’s virtually nothing that hasn’t been done before when it comes to clothes. It shows: in London, we saw heavy homage paid – read: rip-offs made – to Yohji Yamamoto, Jean Paul Gaultier, John Galliano, and even Valentino. The latter is a sure-fire commercial hit. The former are the latest mood to seize designers, and the all-important stylists who help them pull their collections together. They pull together quite a few collections. Which is perhaps why the results often end up looking old hat. It’s difficult not to start playing fashion train-spotter, trying to pin the collections and editorials down that designers have been referencing. It’s difficult not to the point the finger, to shout it out.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 18 February 2014 at 10:18 am

A cow’s life doesn’t have to end on a dinner plate, Opinion

A cow’s life doesn’t have to end on a dinner plate

DEFRA figures state that in October 158,000 cows were slaughtered in Britain. Let’s not pretend their end was anything but grizzly, terrifying and miserable – but things don’t need to be this way.

By | Opinion | Monday, 17 February 2014 at 6:07 pm

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