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Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

I’ve been sunk a bit deep in Elena Ferrante over the summer, reading the third volume in her ‘Neapolitan novels’ for review in this newspaper, and then taking part in a discussion with other critics at Foxed Books last week to mark the book’s publication – in preparation for which I read the two of [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 19 September 2014 at 11:47 am

India and China agree deals despite border face-off, The Foreign Desk

India and China agree deals despite border face-off

India and China’s leaders have successfully agreed in Delhi on plans for economic and other co-operation despite over 1,000 troops from each side facing off against each other in Ladakh on the two countries’ disputed border, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC), 15,000ft up in the Himalayan mountains,
China is to invest $20bn in [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 5:15 pm

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – volunteering at the Ealing Half Marathon

There are so many races happening all over the UK every weekend and they pretty much rely on the goodwill and enthusiasm of volunteers to keep entry fees at a reasonable level for those of us who want to run. One day I’ll put some real work in, give something back to the running community [...]

By | Notebook | Thursday, 18 September 2014 at 1:56 pm

Pete Tong on being a mentor at the Burn Residency, Music

Pete Tong on being a mentor at the Burn Residency

Pete Tong’s position within the electronic music industry is about as high as one could imagine. Together with his MBE, he hosts two huge radio shows (one in the US and the other here in the UK), is recognised as one of the industry’s key tastemakers and DJs all over the world on a regular [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 at 1:35 pm

Timely pursuits in London, from Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane and Burberry Prorsum, Fashion

Timely pursuits in London, from Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane and Burberry Prorsum

Time is something I’ve been thinking an awful lot about during the London leg of the spring/summer 2015 collections.

Actually, that’s a lie. Because there’s no time to think. Or to eat, breathe, go to the toilet. Those kind of things. It makes you long, a little, for New York, for the wide open spaces of their fashion week calendar (at least, my fashion week calendar). In London, every hour, on the hour, there’s something to see.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 15 September 2014 at 11:06 pm

Scottish independence makes no economic sense whatsoever, Eagle Eye

Scottish independence makes no economic sense whatsoever

The question is whether the citizens of a future Scottish state believe that the apparent emotional and psychological benefits of independence outweigh the years of greater austerity and deflation that they will have to endure to secure the country’s material prosperity.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 15 September 2014 at 3:45 pm

Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger, Music

Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger

With British weather as unpredictable as it is, surely every music festival should have a pirate ship in case of flash flooding?

By | Music | Monday, 15 September 2014 at 11:30 am

The Barking Blondes: Lost Dogs, The Dog Blog

The Barking Blondes: Lost Dogs

Many films and works of fiction have been based on the tear-jerking scenario of a lost dog making its way home.
Well how about this to tug on the old heart strings?
A Labrador cross who covered 120 miles before being reunited with its owner?
Howard Hughes, a reporter from BBC Radio Berkshire, contributed to our dog radio [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 14 September 2014 at 6:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Special 2014, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Special 2014

So we have the shortlist, which leads me naturally to rack up the six books in the running for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and judge them on the purely cosmetic basis of their good looks. In alphabetical order of the authors, then:

First up, Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again At A Decent Hour (links to [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 12 September 2014 at 11:00 am

How Scotland could be better off without its big banks, Chunomics

How Scotland could be better off without its big banks

Scotland’s banks have vast balance sheets, worth more than twelve times the country’s £150bn GDP. The fiscal position of an independent Scotland could look better if they did re-domicile.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Friday, 12 September 2014 at 10:58 am

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