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2000Trees Festival: Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow, Arts

2000Trees Festival: Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

2000Trees’ reputation as the ultimate mid-sized festival in the UK is growing with each passing year. Winner of the Best Grass Roots Festival in 2010 and 2013, 2000Trees took over Upcote Farm in Cheltenham for the eighth year running, with the best and most explosive line up since it’s inception in 2007. Remfry Dedman went down to the farm, to soak up the sights, sounds and smells…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 22 July 2014 at 4:02 pm

The Xcerts: ‘Shaking in the Water’ video stream, Arts

The Xcerts: ‘Shaking in the Water’ video stream

The Xcerts, a 3-piece band from Aberdeen/Exeter, are finally gearing up to release material from their much anticipated third studio album due to be released later this year.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 21 July 2014 at 3:41 pm

Fashion’s musical chairs commence anew, as Christophe Lemaire leaves Hermes, Fashion

Fashion’s musical chairs commence anew, as Christophe Lemaire leaves Hermes

Fashion isn’t a house of cards – where one ill-judged manoeuvre brings the whole thing tumbling down – but rather a game of Kerplunk!. Meaning, if you twiddle the wrong bit, it makes a lot of noise and you lose a few of your marbles, but the whole thing doesn’t crash to the ground.

That’s what occurred to me when news broke today of Christophe Lemaire’s mutual parting of ways with the French luxury juggernaut Hermès.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 21 July 2014 at 1:33 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Series special – Amos Tutuola and Jane Austen, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Series special – Amos Tutuola and Jane Austen

Series redesigns are the bread and butter of the publishing world – the decent, honourable job of keeping a backlist visible and afloat. Link an author’s books together in their visual style and, you hope, you will fix their ‘brand’ in the reading public’s mind. Make them beautiful – ‘collectable’, that marvellously meaningless word – [...]

By | Arts | Monday, 21 July 2014 at 11:01 am

Modi and Jaitley have yet to make their mark, The Foreign Desk

Modi and Jaitley have yet to make their mark

The current disillusionment with India’s new government is not surprising given the images built up in the past by prime minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley. Modi, a powerful regional politician, blasted his way to power in a presidential style campaign with the theme that he alone could save India from its declining [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 20 July 2014 at 10:39 am

Her Outdoors: I am a gooseberry fool, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: I am a gooseberry fool

One of the plants I inherited when I took over Plot 35a last year was a gooseberry bush. It was quite straggly and had criss-crossing branches and as a result cropped poorly last summer. The handful of gooseberries it did produce, however, were red, not green, and I later found a faded label revealing it [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 8:16 pm

Voters say women promoted for “presentational reasons”, Eagle Eye

Voters say women promoted for “presentational reasons”

Voters are sceptical about the Government reshuffle, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.
Most people, 56 per cent, said women were promoted for “presentational reasons” and only 24 per cent said women were promoted “on merit”. Overall, only 20 per cent said the reshuffle improved my view of [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 7:30 pm

Interview with Jamie Lenman: “This time, I was 5 years heavier and 5 years more banjo!”, Arts

Interview with Jamie Lenman: “This time, I was 5 years heavier and 5 years more banjo!”

Jamie Lenman is a shining beacon of light for intelligent, truthful underground rock music in the 21st century. Ex-frontman of the much-loved and much-missed Reuben, Jamie has now released Muscle Memory, a double album showcasing his heaviest material to date on disc 1, whilst demonstrating his love for jazz, swing and folk on disc 2. Speaking just hours before an absolutely crushing performance at 2000Trees festival, Jamie spoke to Remfry Dedman about myths, industry and expectation.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 3:00 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.
In addition to asking people how they intend to vote, we asked if people agree or disagreed with the following statements:
Politicians have probably covered up child sex abuse by other senior politicians in the past
Allegations of child sex abuse [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 19 July 2014 at 10:33 am

Changing bosses won’t improve a payday lender’s reputation as they continue to be caught treating borrowers badly, The Money Blog

Changing bosses won’t improve a payday lender’s reputation as they continue to be caught treating borrowers badly

Payday lenders seem to think they can worm their way into our affection. Fat chance!

By | The Money Blog | Wednesday, 16 July 2014 at 3:00 pm

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