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Piggott’s post: Jacobson, Heller and reflections on “real life”

Yesterday morning, attempting to get the kids ready in time for the school bus, I briefly read a quote by my fellow Mancunian Howard Jacobson that made me pause, smile and vow never to stop writing: nor dreaming. The lovely, if bearded, Booker-winner was being interviewed about the equally brilliant Joseph “Catch-22″ Heller by Melvyn [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 27 November 2014 at 3:41 pm

A bothersome GDP breakdown, Chunomics

A bothersome GDP breakdown

None of this proves that the UK recovery is unsustainable. But there is nonetheless enough in these latest statistical breakdowns for policymakers to remain cautious.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at 5:50 pm

British politics is heading back to 1974, Eagle Eye

British politics is heading back to 1974

Suppose for a moment that you faced an upcoming General Election in which the governing Conservatives were pretty unpopular, having presided over a Parliament of economic crisis, domestic confrontation and ideological polarisation.
But presume also that, during that contest, the Government was faced with a relatively unpopular Labour Party tainted by its past handling of economic [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at 4:07 pm

The unpopularity of American power, Eagle Eye

The unpopularity of American power

I have a review of James Cronin’s new book, Global Rules, at Independent Voices. It is a high-quality history of the special relationship between America and Britain since the Second World War. It charts how the two countries shaped the rules of international trade and relations, and how this system survived the end of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at 3:35 pm

Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise, Arts

Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise

Ric Blackshaw runs the Scrawl Collective, an agency that hires out the services of a group of street artists to big brands and anyone who wants only the finest in professional art from the streets.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 25 November 2014 at 11:01 pm

Barking Blondes: What breed of dog makes the best pet?, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: What breed of dog makes the best pet?

A question for all you dog owners out there.. “What made you choose one breed over another?
Everyone has a ‘preferred’ view on what’s the  perfect or ‘Top Dog’. Some decisions might be based on ‘personality’ , looks and fashion rather than more fundamental points like intelligence, health and lifespan.
Often its based on history “My family [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 23 November 2014 at 7:51 pm

DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’, Music

DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’

Garage Nation’s Boiler Room special a few months ago totally blew my mind. I fell asleep streaming it, and when I woke up it was still going. Straight away I was on Twitter, saying how impressed I was that they’d been on for eight hours straight and everyone in the club was still looking fresh [...]

By | Music | Sunday, 23 November 2014 at 7:50 pm

D Double E: There’s only way for grime to go, and that’s UP, Uncategorized

D Double E: There’s only way for grime to go, and that’s UP

Grime has been a big love of mine since its very early days, before the genre really had a name. I’d listen to, and tape, shows from stations like Rinse and Dejavu on a regular basis, witnessing the evolution from garage to grime first-hand. D Double E is an MC who stood out right from [...]

By | | Friday, 21 November 2014 at 3:26 pm

Children’s books for November: The Something, The Imaginary and Eren, Arts

Children’s books for November: The Something, The Imaginary and Eren

This month’s theme is imaginary friends. Though, as you’ll see, some of the imaginary creatures in the stories I’ve chosen are perhaps not as friendly as they first seem. And some of them may or may not be all that imaginary…

PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: The Something

Rebecca Cobb is something of a rising star [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 21 November 2014 at 2:39 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Things to Make and Break, by May-Lan Tan, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Things to Make and Break, by May-Lan Tan

CB Editions has been having quite a time of it in the media spotlight recently, with a Goldmsiths Prize shortlisting for Will Eaves’s ‘exploded novel’ The Absent Therapist, and now a shortlisting for the Guardian First Book Award for May-Lan Tan’s excellent debut collection of stories, Things to Make and Break.
As you can see, there [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 21 November 2014 at 1:59 pm

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