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Her Outdoors: salad leaves and flowers, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: salad leaves and flowers

The people who had my plot before me created an intricate design, like an old-fashioned potager, that I have tried to stick to. I’ll admit it would have been easier to get a wheelbarrow down a central path with equal-sized beds either side. But this maze-like design makes it look bigger and is also more [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 4:55 pm

Police Second, Eagle Eye

Police Second

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has just addressed the second-most ferocious trade union in the western world, the Police Federation. The most ferocious is of course the British Medical Association, and the Federation has suffered a bit of a setback recently in its handling of the Andrew Mitchell Gategate.
All praise to May, therefore, for taking [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 2:59 pm

ComRes “Battlebus” poll for The Independent points to Cameron holding on as PM next year, Eagle Eye

ComRes “Battlebus” poll for The Independent points to Cameron holding on as PM next year

In The Independent tomorrow, ComRes launches a new “Battlebus” poll in 40 of the most marginal Conservative-Labour seats.
The figures are:
Con  33% (-4)
Lab  35% (-2)
LibDem  8% (-10)
UKIP  17% (+14)
Other  7% (+2)
Figures in brackets show changes since the 2010 general election results across the constituencies. These are the numbers to focus on. Labour is doing better than [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at 10:30 pm

Gucci beauty, or Kering’s attempt to pretty up an ugly drop in profits, Fashion

Gucci beauty, or Kering’s attempt to pretty up an ugly drop in profits

Back in February, Gucci’s parent company, Kering, announced a drop of 95% in net profits for 2013: €50 million (£41 million), down from €1.05 billion in 2012. In addition, Gucci reported its slowest quarterly sales growth in four years for the final three months of 2013. Like-for-like sales were up just 0.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2013. The label’s cosmetic line will launch in the fourth quarter of 2014. Coincidence?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at 5:02 pm

Government by Bounce, Leak and Screaming Match, Eagle Eye

Government by Bounce, Leak and Screaming Match

I used to think that the difference between this coalition and the one that preceded it was that the Blair-Brown coalition was dysfunctional and its two wings behaved badly towards each other. Now we know better. My column for The Independent on Sunday was about a historic document published last week: a blog post by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at 3:57 pm

NaMo choosing his Cabinet – wants ten years to change India, The Foreign Desk

NaMo choosing his Cabinet – wants ten years to change India

Narendra Modi has five years till the next general election to show that he can get India moving but NaMo, as the Indian media call him, has said over the weekend that he needs ten years to transform the country – which he is likely to get if progress goes relatively well in the first [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at 10:27 am

Another voting system that favours UKIP, Eagle Eye

Another voting system that favours UKIP

The voting system for the European Parliament elections on Thursday is horrible. The closed-list proportional representation system was one of the less glorious legacies of the golden Blair years. You vote for a party and a phalanx of people, just names listed in the small print on the ballot paper, slope off to Brussels on [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 19 May 2014 at 10:04 pm

Top 10 Metatheses: Orpah Winfrey, Eagle Eye

Top 10 Metatheses: Orpah Winfrey

This week’s Top 10 in the Independent on Sunday magazine is metatheses, the transposition of sounds in words.
Bird used to be brid (that’s not a misspelling, pictured, that’s etymology), wasp used to be waps and dusk used to be dox.
I could have had a separate category for people’s names. Matthew Bell says that in Nepal [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 19 May 2014 at 11:41 am

Barking Blondes: Take your dog to work day, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Take your dog to work day

Dogs in the work place, a win for everyone?

By | The Dog Blog | Monday, 19 May 2014 at 11:07 am

Dish of the Day: Staff worth their weight in gold, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Staff worth their weight in gold

CVs can be deceptive

By | Dish of the Day | Monday, 19 May 2014 at 10:53 am

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