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The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber, Eagle Eye

The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber

Great news from my new academic home, King’s College, London.
Sir Michael Barber (pictured), the directing mind behind public service reform in the second term of the Blair government, has agreed to publish his diaries as part of a PhD thesis to be written by one of our stars, Michelle Clement.
Sir Michael, head of the Prime [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 January 2015 at 2:40 pm

No victory lap for George Osborne, Chunomics

No victory lap for George Osborne

Yes, the UK economy has recovered. But the evidence of high fiscal multipliers when interest rates are low and trading partners are also retrenching suggests it would have done better since 2010 without the Chancellor’s front-loaded tax hikes and capital spending cuts.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 7:52 pm

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return, Music

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return

Two and half years ago, Bloc, one of the UK’s best-known alternative electronic music events, suffered a massive blow when their very first London event encountered a disastrous turn of events that led to its cancellation and the company going bankrupt. Since then, the owners Alex Benson and George Hull have slowly but surely worked on reinstating the brand’s status, culminating in the return of their ‘weekender’ this March. I spoke to them about their comeback and that fateful night in July 2012…

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:47 pm

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall’s pick of the pop heroines, Music

Tonight Alive’s Jenna McDougall’s pick of the pop heroines

Tonight Alive frontwoman Jenna McDougall shares her favourite women rockers, and explains why what they stand for strikes a chord with her.

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:36 pm

Children’s book blog – the last post!, Arts

Children’s book blog – the last post!

I’m sorry to report that today will be my last post on the children’s book blog. I’ve had an absolute blast writing it over the past couple of years, but it’s always been a labour of love and real-life work sadly has to take precedence.  But before I go, I’d like to leave you with [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 13 January 2015 at 2:44 pm

A question for Danny Alexander, Chunomics

A question for Danny Alexander

If you object to more cuts “after the books are balanced” why did you not refuse to sign up for budget surpluses in 2018-19 and 2019-20?

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 12 January 2015 at 12:26 pm

London Collections: Men – Machismo, mauve, muddles and messiness, from Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson, Sibling and James Long, Fashion

London Collections: Men – Machismo, mauve, muddles and messiness, from Alexander McQueen, JW Anderson, Sibling and James Long

There could be few more opposing statements on contemporary menswear than those proposed by JW Anderson and Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton on the third day of London Collections: Men. The former focussed on the floppy, the fey, the snake-hipped gender-blending 1970s; the latter on curled-lip, swagger-shouldered military machismo, last seen circa 1870 when Britannia still rules the waves, and the world. Their men were sufficiently removed from each other to seem to come not merely from different wardrobes, but different species.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 11 January 2015 at 11:05 pm

Barking Blondes: Hair of the Dog, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Hair of the Dog

Retailers are constantly in pursuit of THE gadget that will successfully remove dog hair from clothes and furniture. Cleaning up pet fur is big business for the hound pound and choices range from special suction attachments for the domestic vacuum to mittens coated in Velcro!
Living with a dog means letting go of some of those [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 11 January 2015 at 7:25 pm

Footnote on TV debates, Eagle Eye

Footnote on TV debates

Further to my article about the TV debates in today’s Independent on Sunday, there is one possibility I didn’t have space to discuss. This is the much-canvassed “empty chair” tactic, which is that the broadcasters should threaten to go ahead with the debates leaving an empty chair for David Cameron. Either to put pressure on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 11 January 2015 at 3:24 pm

London Collections: Men – economy, and ideas, from Topman Design, Coach and Christopher Shannon, Fashion

London Collections: Men – economy, and ideas, from Topman Design, Coach and Christopher Shannon

It felt like groundhog day as you took your seat in the Topman venue in London’s High Holborn – where the high street behemoth and the various designers it supports has shown since London Collections: Men first launched in 2012 – and watched the boys go wandering by. Not just because of that déjà venue, nor the clothes, which for autumn/winter 2015 were standard seventies-via-nineties-via-last-season stuff jazzed up with psychedelic prints and a heinous passage of tartan. But because, well, we weren’t here all that long ago.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 10 January 2015 at 1:21 am

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