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Children’s Book Blog – books for July: Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity, The Moomins and Tape, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – books for July: Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity, The Moomins and Tape

Once a month, Rebecca Davies picks out three of the best children’s books she’s read recently. Her recommendations for July are Eric, the Boy Who Lost His Gravity by Jenni Desmond, The Moomins by Tove Jansson and Tape by Steven Camden.

By | Arts | Monday, 14 July 2014 at 5:36 pm

Dish of the Day: The problem with salt, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: The problem with salt

Salt in a restaurant? Dan Doherty defends it’s place

By | Dish of the Day | Monday, 14 July 2014 at 7:00 am

Barking Blondes: For the chop, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: For the chop

To chop or not to chop, that is the question.

By | The Dog Blog | Saturday, 12 July 2014 at 8:00 am

Honesty and fairness: what finance firms must do to rebuild their reputations and trust, The Money Blog

Honesty and fairness: what finance firms must do to rebuild their reputations and trust

It really is pointless banks making grand claims about trust if they then succeed to batter their reputation again and again

By | The Money Blog | Thursday, 10 July 2014 at 6:49 pm

How a teddy bear haunted my trip to Open’er, Music

How a teddy bear haunted my trip to Open’er

The nineties revival was in full swing at Poland’s Open’er Festival last weekend thanks to Pearl Jam, Faith No More and The Afghan Whigs.

By | Music | Thursday, 10 July 2014 at 1:09 pm

Dish of the Day: The power of front of house, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: The power of front of house

Which is more important: service or food? Dan Doherty lays out the reality

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 5:29 pm

A little bit of history repeating: something old makes something new, at Raf Simons’ Dior and Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel, Fashion

A little bit of history repeating: something old makes something new, at Raf Simons’ Dior and Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel

The much-vaunted and oft-debated “point” of haute couture is tied up in history. Haute couture is living history, less a retrograde throwback and more a direct link to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The latter was when “haute couture” as a term was officially incorporated by Charles Frederick Worth, couturier to Empress Eugenie and most of her court; the former was when the idea of a fashion dictator was pioneered by the first celebrity dress designer, Marie Antoinette’s “Minister of Fashion” Rose Bertin. Those are some heavy antecedents, but they’re ones couturiers often bank on. Buying haute couture is a bit like buying a stake in a past you can never be part of.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 4:24 pm

Iraq’s WMD and the Test of Reasonableness, Eagle Eye

Iraq’s WMD and the Test of Reasonableness

Cross-post by Mugwump.
This 9,000-word article looks at why intelligence services around the world were so sure that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in 2003. I re-post it here because it is an impressive piece of work, bringing together evidence from a wide range of sources.
Photo of soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 8 July 2014 at 1:48 pm

New books tell tales of India’s crony capitalism, defying crony warnings, The Foreign Desk

New books tell tales of India’s crony capitalism, defying crony warnings

In a society ridden with crony capitalism and crony politics, businessmen and politicians inevitably try to stop people writing books that reveal their goings-on. But there is a limit to how much disruption they can achieve.
This has been shown by the recent publication of three books, one of which uncovers many of the secrets of [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 10:34 pm

Those incredible spending cuts continued…, Chunomics

Those incredible spending cuts continued…

The collective day-to-day spending of all those other departments – Business, Home Office, Justice, Environment, Culture etc – would fall from £94.6bn in 2011/12 to just £29.7bn in 2018/19. That’s a real terms cut of 70%.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 7 July 2014 at 2:09 pm

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