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Bankers, did you spend your bonus on a boob job?, The Foreign Desk

Bankers, did you spend your bonus on a boob job?

This week’s award for Best Use of an Eye-Catching Headline in a Press Release goes to the New York area’s oldest plastic surgery practice. Congratulations to the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group. By linking Wall Street, the economy and boobs, the company’s release guarantees to appeal to a cross-section of bloggers, from finance, through health, [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 7:21 pm

Looking back at the Super Bowl, Sport

Looking back at the Super Bowl

Before we turn our attention to a labour dispute between the NFL owners and players that threatens the 2011 season due to a work stoppage and before Aaron Rodgers and the Packers return the Lombardi Trophy to Titletown, USA, take a look at some of these interesting facts and stats from Super Bowl 45:

The [...]

By | Sport | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 5:16 pm

Chapter 3: ‘Marcus Marcus and the Hurting Heart’, Notebook

Chapter 3: ‘Marcus Marcus and the Hurting Heart’

The third chapter to Rab Fulton’s novel ‘Marcus Marcus and the Hurting Heart’, a ghostly murder mystery set in the distant future. Inspired by Sophocles – with a nod to Erle Stanley Gardner and Douglas Adams – it is a tale of treachery and blood…We’ll be posting two chapters of his new novel on the Independent every week

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 5:12 pm

Preventing knife crime, Eagle Eye

Preventing knife crime

Last week, ten youths attacked a member of our staff who was on his way home after delivering workshops for the National Youth Theatre’s social inclusion programme. It was a cruel twist of fate that after working with a young demographic that are at risk of offending, he became the innocent victim of youths carrying out a senseless act of violence, in what appeared to be a gang initiation ritual. He survived to tell the tale, and the ten youths were so well disguised they would escape any recourse and no doubt offend again.

By | Eagle Eye, Notebook | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 2:30 pm

The Solo Voyage Diaries: Back in the mix…, Sport

The Solo Voyage Diaries: Back in the mix…

Yesterday I took the opportunity to get up the mast and cut the trinquette away. It was pretty badly damaged, about two metres of seaming had come undone. There was no way I could have continued with it as it was, so I spent all day yesterday up in the forepeak stitching and taping the sail. Luckily I have enough sail repair tools onboard.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 12:46 pm

Does Cameron have multiculturalist ambitions?, Eagle Eye

Does Cameron have multiculturalist ambitions?

The nature of what David Cameron was arguing in his speech in Munich is problematic. He claims some young Muslim men ‘find it hard to identify with Britain… because we have allowed the weakening of our collective identity’. The doctrine of ‘state of multiculturalism’ is blamed for encouraging culturally different people to live ‘apart from one another and apart from the mainstream’. It is also said to have prevented a vision of society to which these young men can feel attached. Part of the cure is thus said to be ‘a clear sense of national identity that is open to everyone’.

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 12:27 pm

The British Beer Video Blog, Notebook

The British Beer Video Blog

The British Beer Video Blog is a series of online films being produced by award winning brewer Peter Amor in association with Ian Hudson films.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 12:12 pm

The Online House Hunter: What your house is worth, Notebook

The Online House Hunter: What your house is worth

KEY to many house moves is, of course, the price you will pay for your new home – and how much you will achieve for your current one.
Type ‘UK house prices’ into Google and a number of commercial websites come flooding on to your screen. However, most are powered from the same source: the independent [...]

By | Notebook, Property | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 11:50 am

Rank Play-Acting, Eagle Eye

Rank Play-Acting

The irreplaceable Simon Carr is away, so The Independent has had to find some mug to replace him and I was hustled, mock-reluctantly, to his empty chair. I missed a trick in my “sketch” (what an inadequate word that is to describe what Carr does) of David Cameron’s sly triumphalism over Megrahi in the Commons [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 11:07 am

Digital Digest, Digital Digest

Digital Digest

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By | Digital Digest | Tuesday, 8 February 2011 at 10:50 am

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