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Royal Parks Foundation Ultra Marathon – a runner’s tale, Notebook

Royal Parks Foundation Ultra Marathon – a runner’s tale

There are worse New Year’s resolutions to make than deciding to take up running. It was in January 1999 and my very first run, if you discount ten minutes, pounding a treadmill in an air conditioned gym, was in London. I drove to a park with a friend who was an experienced runner and kindly [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 5 January 2015 at 5:06 pm

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014, Music

All Rapped Up: The best US hip-hop of 2014

A somewhat mixed year for US hip-hop, the past 12 months saw many of the genre’s major Stateside stars – Kanye West, Jay-Z, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nas – stay relatively quiet, while the inevitable smattering of disappointments (Rick Ross’s two rather flat albums; a remarkably dull LP from Kendrick affiliate Schoolboy Q) were offset by a stack of solid releases from the usual dependable veterans (Pharaohe Monch, Common and Cormega

By | Music | Monday, 5 January 2015 at 1:07 pm

Her Outdoors at Christmas, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors at Christmas

Christmas is a time for many traditions and one of ours, on Christmas Eve, is to hurry around our local shops picking up all the food we’ve ordered, standing in line outside different stores. We are not the only ones. It is as if a madness has descended and we believe that, from the close [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 27 December 2014 at 8:00 pm

Children’s books for December: Herman’s Letter, The Yeti Files, Greenglass House and Winter Damage, Arts

Children’s books for December: Herman’s Letter, The Yeti Files, Greenglass House and Winter Damage

Christmas is upon us, so here are four snowy stories for cosy fireside reading…

PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: Herman’s Letter by Tom Percival
This heart-warming tale of long-distance friendship is perfect if you have a little one whose best friend is moving away. This is precisely what happens to Herman, the bear in [...]

By | Arts | Saturday, 27 December 2014 at 3:16 pm

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label, Music

Kim Ann Foxman on Maya, New York and her new label

Kim Ann Foxman is one of those ladies who knows exactly how to rock a party. Her combination of old and new school grooves, New York attitude and a general positive outlook makes her one of those enchanting selectors who always gets a great response from the dance floor. She’s appearing at Maya Jane [...]

By | Music | Friday, 26 December 2014 at 12:57 pm

Why we’re still feeling the economic pain despite the recovery, Chunomics

Why we’re still feeling the economic pain despite the recovery

Here’s why, despite the fact that the economy is growing relatively strongly and the cost of living is falling, many people still feel worse off than they did six years ago.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 at 4:54 pm

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene, Music

Premiesku: Romania’s finest on the progression of their country’s scene

Premiesku is a three-man outfit made up of Romanian duo Livio & Roby and their friend George G. As a trio they get together in the studio to produce house and techno music with a very distinct flavour, while also refining their live show, which works around three racks of modified equipment. They’ve had a [...]

By | Music | Tuesday, 23 December 2014 at 4:24 pm

Labour’s cuts really would be less deep, Chunomics

Labour’s cuts really would be less deep

Disregard the conventional wisdom. The Coalition’s penciled-in plans entail considerably more austerity than Labour’s do.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 22 December 2014 at 1:47 pm

Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalists undermine his reforms agenda, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalists undermine his reforms agenda

An essential skill for being a successful head of government is to manage the troublemakers in your own party. David Cameron is failing to do that now with the anti-European Union wing of Britain’s Conservative Party, but Tony Blair did it successfully in the late-1990s when he curbed the power of trade unions and left-wingers [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 22 December 2014 at 11:51 am

Barking Blondes: A dog’s take on Christmas, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: A dog’s take on Christmas

The family mutt is inquisitive and eager to be part of the festive activities. How shocked, we were then, to hear one owner confess that she locks her labrador away in the utility room on Christmas Day. We assume this was to remove him from annoying  the visitors and to prevent the chaos around tempting [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Monday, 22 December 2014 at 9:59 am

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