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Friday Book Design Blog: Here, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Here

If book design is partly (though surely first of all) about making a book stand out in a bookshop then this Hamish Hamilton edition of Richard McGuire’s Here did the job. The matt illustrated cover of a sash window, with its intrinsic sense of mystery, its invitation to look inside, and its bold diagonal is [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 3:44 pm

Making love and wrapping up – the end of haute couture, at Gaultier, Viktor and Rolf, Valentino and Armani, Fashion

Making love and wrapping up – the end of haute couture, at Gaultier, Viktor and Rolf, Valentino and Armani

The couture is over. Long live the couture. Or something. Do we really think couture is going to live forever? Yes, probably. There is enough financial muscle, enough press still clapping (I hope not sporadically), and enough clients to spuriously justify that there are women who demand dresses entirely made out of pieces of ribbon or microscopic feather flowers. And the clothes, at their best, are extraordinary.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 1:25 pm

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ, Music

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ

Bill Patrick is a rare breed within house and techno, he’s a DJ who manages to maintain a consistent career purely by playing records and not having to rely on record sales/the music making treadmill. This is quite a feat, as the industry is almost entirely geared around DJs having to make music in order to remain present in the public consciousness and to keep on gigging. Only very few avoid this, and Bill is one of them. Renowned for being outspoken, Bill’s a rather controversial character at times, but highly entertaining and refreshingly honest. So he made for a perfect interview subject…

By | Music | Thursday, 29 January 2015 at 5:16 pm

Labour Party Leadership Election 2010, Eagle Eye

Labour Party Leadership Election 2010

I keep having to look up the results of the Labour leadership election in order to remind colleagues that most Labour MPs and most Labour Party members are Blairites, in that they voted for David Miliband rather than for his brother.
The figures are all on the Labour Party website, but not in a form that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 28 January 2015 at 5:27 pm

Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry, Music

Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry

In August 2013 I wrote a piece for DJ Broadcast on the electronic music scene in India, which has been growing in stature over the last few years. At the time, the industry was what might be described as burgeoning – definitely full of promise though held back by conservative laws and regulations imposed by state governments. Since that article was published, India’s scene has continued to grow and evolve and I was fortunate to witness a small example of this progression when I visited the Vh1 Supersonic Festival in Goa a few weeks ago. The event took place across four days on a beach in Candolim, north Goa, just after Christmas and boasted an impressive selection of artists from around the world as well as some of India’s finest. While I was in Goa, I had the chance to speak with the men behind the festival Jaideep Singh and Nikhil Chinapa, as well as experiencing the full breadth of what the event had to offer… Here’s my report.

By | Music | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 5:14 pm

Obama lectures Modi’s government on religious tolerance at the end of a hyperactive visit, The Foreign Desk

Obama lectures Modi’s government on religious tolerance at the end of a hyperactive visit

President Obama flew out of Delhi this morning after a visit spread over three days that, as he put it, was “rich in symbolism but also in substance”. The symbolism included choreographed meetings and hugs and embraces with India’s prime minister Narendra Modi, and the substance included a potential solution to a long-awaited deal on [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 2:30 pm

Sex, sugar, pins and needles – Versace, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, and a little from Dior and Chanel at the spring couture, Fashion

Sex, sugar, pins and needles – Versace, Schiaparelli, Giambattista Valli, and a little from Dior and Chanel at the spring couture

As I was walking out of Sunday night’s Atelier Versace show – the official start to the spring/summer 2015 haute couture collections – I overheard an exchange between a couture client and one of the house os Versace’s aides. Well, I overheard one part of the exchange. I presume said aide asked said client what she thought of the collection. “That see-through beaded shit,” she barked. “Sexy as fuck!”

That’s not something you hear much at the haute couture.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 11:57 am

Contest of Names, Eagle Eye

Contest of Names

It is the Super Bowl on Sunday and once again one of the delights of the event is the names of some of the players.
As last year, I am supporting the Seattle Seahawks, and not because of their names, although Marshawn Lynch (pictured) is a great name as well as a great player. In this [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 26 January 2015 at 2:00 pm

A shouting economic adviser, a Nobel Laureate and a rock star scientist on stage at the Jaipur lit fest, Arts

A shouting economic adviser, a Nobel Laureate and a rock star scientist on stage at the Jaipur lit fest

Arvind Panagaria one of India’s top economic advisers has a short fuse and shouts. Eighty-two year old Sir Vidiadhar Naipaul, the Nobel prize winning author has given what might turn out to be his last long interview, and Abdul Kalam, the 83-year old space and missile scientist who became India’s president, is greeted by young Indians [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Monday, 26 January 2015 at 1:46 pm

Barking Blondes: Pooch postcodes

Are certain breeds of dogs better suited to the city whilst others prefer a rural vista?
We all know choosing the right dog for your lifestyle is a key factor to being a responsible owner. But how many of us also consider the relevance of our geographic environment before choosing our mutt?
A recent study, called Dog [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Monday, 26 January 2015 at 8:23 am

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