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“That leaves me apprehensive”, Eagle Eye

“That leaves me apprehensive”

Nugget from Jim Pickard in the Financial Times (registration):
Katherine Peacock, head of pollsters ComRes, has carried out focus groups where pictures of Mr Miliband are superimposed on 10 Downing Street. “The general reaction is, ‘that leaves me apprehensive, or even a little scared’ or ‘he doesn’t inspire confidence’,” she says. A common reaction is “they [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 13 June 2014 at 11:20 am

Wheels: Journeys through Paralympic Sport, Sport

Wheels: Journeys through Paralympic Sport

Disabled? You should become a paralympian! James Moore discusses the attitude of many in the wake of London’s Paralympics – and what it can mean for a disabled individual

By | Sport, Wheels: Journeys through Paralympic Sport | Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 5:52 pm

Adair Turner: the full transcript, Chunomics

Adair Turner: the full transcript

* Backs a 50p top rate of tax, but not a mansion tax
* Admits that the merger of Lloyds and HBOS during the financial crisis was a mistake
* Treasury resisted pressure from former Bank of England Governor Mervyn King to put more capital into RBS
* Outlines why he disagrees with the present Governor, Mark Carney, on the desirability of rising debt to GDP levels

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 9:56 am

Interview: Pete Tong on Ibiza and the progress of IMS, Arts

Interview: Pete Tong on Ibiza and the progress of IMS

Pete Tong is one of the team behind IMS, Ibiza’s annual electronic music conference which has just had its 7th edition. Of course, he is also the main man at Radio 1, a globe-trotting DJ, a producer, label owner and he’s even been handed an MBE by the Queen. Marcus Barnes caught up with him

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 12 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Is the lake pictured on every iPad secretly cursed?, Eagle Eye

Is the lake pictured on every iPad secretly cursed?

If I had not wound up my series of Questions To Which The Answer Is No (book still available here), this would be a jewel of the collection:
Is the lake pictured on every iPad secretly CURSED by the ghosts of disabled babies who were thrown into its waters because they wouldn’t survive?
To which the answer [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 4:15 pm

Cameron the productivity destroyer, Chunomics

Cameron the productivity destroyer

It’s one-eyed to hype the jobs figures over the past four years without mentioning the fact that output growth has been abysmal.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 2:05 pm

Footballing History, Eagle Eye

Footballing History

There is a nice line in Jim Murphy’s book, The 10 Football Matches That Changed The World … and the One That Didn’t (that was the Christmas game in no-man’s land in 1914) about Tony Blair.
Murphy, now shadow International Development Secretary, tells the story of Blair’s visit to John Burton’s house in Sedgefield, the last [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 10:47 am

Interview: IMS founder Ben Turner sums up this year’s event, Arts

Interview: IMS founder Ben Turner sums up this year’s event

Ben Turner is another member of the team behind Ibiza’s International Music Summit, an electronic music conference that has grown in stature over the years to become one of the most important events of its kind. Marcus Barnes caught Ben at the end of the event to get his thoughts on how this year went…

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 11 June 2014 at 12:00 am

Sidesplitting, Eagle Eye

Sidesplitting

Say what you like about the Daily Mail, but when it does its humorous, sideways look at something, such as a tribute to Rik Mayall, the tears run down one’s face:
The idea of an MP-cum-weapons-dealer was funny in 1987, but it wouldn’t really become believable for another 15 years, until the Blair era.
Christopher Stevens, we [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 6:07 pm

Tracksuits and Trojan Horses: all hail Christopher Shannon’s GQ Fashion Fund win, Fashion

Tracksuits and Trojan Horses: all hail Christopher Shannon’s GQ Fashion Fund win

Last night, Christopher Shannon won the inaugural BFC/GQ Designer Fashion Fund – an injection of £150,000 cash with £50,000 in mentoring, the biggest prize in menswear. It’s the bloke’s counterpart to the Vogue Fashion Fund, a stamp of establishment prestige.

In layman’s terms, Christopher Shannon’s receipt of this award is the equivalent of Conchita Wurst’s Eurovision victory, or England winning the World Cup. Namely, the people’s choice. Lest that sound overtly populist, he’s also the critic’s choice. He’s liked and his collections are lauded.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 10 June 2014 at 12:27 pm

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