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Church’s credit union continues Welby’s ‘war on Wonga’ but more help for all needed, The Money Blog

Church’s credit union continues Welby’s ‘war on Wonga’ but more help for all needed

The church has vowed to help keep vulnerable people out of the clutches of predatory high-cost lenders

By | The Money Blog | Monday, 23 June 2014 at 11:12 am

Catch-Up Service, Eagle Eye

Catch-Up Service

Sphere gives Rowling’s latest the 1,000th “stranger in silhouette” cover. “Gutless, witless, woeful design,” says Jake Goretzki.
Other things I have come across:
• The myth of the “trophy wife”, via Andrew Sullivan.
• I have been waiting for a bit of Blair Revisionism (my interview with Cherwell). Here we have Charles Moore in Saturday’s Telegraph (very fine, apart [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 23 June 2014 at 9:00 am

Sonar’s co-directors on 21 years as Barcelona’s premier electronic music festival, Arts

Sonar’s co-directors on 21 years as Barcelona’s premier electronic music festival

Sonar festival’s co-directors Ricard Robles and Enric Palau speak to Marcus Barnes about the evolution of their project

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 23 June 2014 at 7:00 am

Still waters run deep: Prada bores, but intentionally so, Fashion

Still waters run deep: Prada bores, but intentionally so

Given that shows, by and large, have scaled back from the flashy theatrics and set pieces of past fashion spectaculars, the quarterly reinvention of the Prada show space on Via Foggazarro is hotly anticipated by the fashion world. That’s because everything Miuccia Prada does about, around, before and after a collection is rabidly unpicked, scoured for hidden meaning. This season, Rem Koolhaas’ AMO created a space reminiscent of either a grand ocean liner or a suburban leisure centre, with a suspiciously cobalt-blue pool shimmering bedside thick, chocolate-brown shag carpeting and around the central pillars that are the only constant (they’re supporting, presumably).

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 22 June 2014 at 10:21 pm

Merkel’s Misjudgement, Eagle Eye

Merkel’s Misjudgement

I may have been too harsh on David Cameron in my column for The Independent on Sunday today. I said it did not bode well for his hopes of renegotiating British terms of EU membership that he had misjudged Jean-Claude Juncker’s bid to be president of the European Commission.
Actually, though, it was Angela Merkel who [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 22 June 2014 at 7:26 pm

In Milan, shallow waters, designer islands, and the world of Donatella Versace, Fashion

In Milan, shallow waters, designer islands, and the world of Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace wanted her show to be a celebration of the Versace World. Sounds like a grand statement, but you got it. Versace’s Cuban-tinged collezioni not only felt like a distinct entity from Dolce and Gabbana’s Caprice Espagnole, Neil Barrett’s slick sportswear tinged with Roman classicism, or Stefano Pilati’s serene Ermenegildo Zegna show: it felt a world apart, as did they.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 22 June 2014 at 10:46 am

Her Outdoors: Where there is despair, let there be blueberries, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Where there is despair, let there be blueberries

My Dad, who is also an allotmenteer, said to me the other week: “The thing is about plants, they want to live.” I had been staring downcast at my asparagus beds, in their first season, where nothing was growing. It was the end of May, a time when asparagus – even in the first season [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 7:34 pm

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated, Eagle Eye

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated

Provoked by Mike Smithson and his commenter Edmund in Tokyo, I return to the subject of what would have happened had David Miliband won the Labour leadership in 2010. I have said before that the party would have been in a worse position, because the naive left would have reacted badly to being led by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 6:31 pm

Barking Blondes: Lost dogs, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Lost dogs

the thought of loosing a dog is one that terrifies all dog owners – what what happens when a fear becomes a reality?

By | The Dog Blog | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 8:00 am

The (pre-)spring in JW Anderson’s leap to Loewe, Fashion

The (pre-)spring in JW Anderson’s leap to Loewe

JW Anderson’s pre-collections always bear further examination. That’s because he puts so much into them, these interim collections that have often been confined to pure commerce but which have recently expanded into fully-fledged designer statements. he puts a lot in, and reaps the rewards.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 11:19 pm

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