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An interview with Ibiza’s inspirational DJ Alfredo, Arts

An interview with Ibiza’s inspirational DJ Alfredo

Alfredo moved to Ibiza from his native Argentina in the early eighties. Though the island was nowhere near as much of a clubbing hotspot as it is now, he became fascinated with DJing after picking up work at a bar – it wasn’t long before he’d become resident at Amnesia where he cultivated what became known as the ‘Balearic’ sound. He also inspired the UK’s acid house movement, after Paul Oakenfold, Nicky Holloway, Danny Rampling and Johnny Walker (AKA the Ibiza Four) visited Amnesia in 1987 and attempted to replicate what they’d heard with their own London club nights. I was fortunate enough to be granted some time with Alfredo at the recent International Music Summit in Ibiza, here’s the result of our conversation…

By | Arts, Music | Sunday, 8 June 2014 at 5:45 pm

Blair is un-Blairite on free movement of EU workers, Eagle Eye

Blair is un-Blairite on free movement of EU workers

I agree with Ed Miliband and disagree with Tony Blair about Europe in my column for The Independent on Sunday today.
Here is a graph that shows the relative success of Miliband and Yvette Cooper’s approach to the question of immigration. YouGov regularly asks: “Which political party [do] you think would handle [asylum and immigration] best?” [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 8 June 2014 at 2:42 pm

George Clinton brings Funk to the new generation, Arts

George Clinton brings Funk to the new generation

Marcus Barnes interviews the original funketeer, Mr. George Clinton at the International Music Summit in Ibiza. This year the Parliament frontman and funk legend will be back in the public eye with a new album, a reality show and a book about his life all set for release.

By | Arts, Music | Saturday, 7 June 2014 at 9:37 am

Chris Galvin’s Cornish Mackerel Tartare with cucumber

Michelin-starred chef Chris Galvin’s shares the first of three exclusive French recipes for the Independent. First up Cornish Mackerel Tartare with cucumber

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 5:57 pm

Interview with Hawk Eyes – “We’ve already shown that we can do all the guitar gymnastics… we need to show we can do other things as well!”, Arts

Interview with Hawk Eyes – “We’ve already shown that we can do all the guitar gymnastics… we need to show we can do other things as well!”

Hawk Eyes have been gathering momentum supporting a wide variety of the best rock acts in the world, including the likes of Iron Maiden, The Wildhearts, Alexisonfire, Jamie Lenman and System of a Down. Having enjoyed great underground success with their second album Ideas (a record full of them) and 2013’s short sharp burst of an EP, “That’s What This Is”, they tell Remfry Dedman how they’re now looking to expand their musical horizons.

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 5:41 pm

Barking Blondes: Furkids and the Pope, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Furkids and the Pope

Can dogs replace children? And should they?

By | The Dog Blog | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 4:31 pm

Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?, Eagle Eye

Will Artificial Intelligence put my job at risk?

It’s a QTWTAIN, a Question To Which The Answer Is No, asked by Jamie Bartlett at the Spectator. But I was struck by this sentence:
According to Google’s Ray Kurzweil, in 2045 we will reach what’s known as ‘Singularity’: the point at which artificial intelligence becomes so advanced that it begins to produce new and ever [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 2:00 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, by Eimear McBride

I love the new cover for Eimear McBride’s Bailey’s-winning – and Goldsmith’s-winning and Kerry Group Irish Novel-winning – A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. This is the mass market paperback, from Faber, following its first publication by tiny Norwich indie Galley Beggar Press (who are, full disclosure, my publisher also). But I think it does [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 6 June 2014 at 12:44 pm

Via the World: Brutal and beautiful – one month in kayaking in the Aleutian Islands, Notebook

Via the World: Brutal and beautiful – one month in kayaking in the Aleutian Islands

Indy blogger Sarah Outen is on a mission to loop the world using a rowing boat, a bike and a kayak. Starting under Tower Bridge, London in 2011 she is now over half way through her journey as she kayaks along the remote Aleutian Islands in Alaska with paddling partner Justine Curgenven. Here she updates us one month in to the paddle.

By | Notebook | Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 6:50 pm

Dish of the Day: It’s a lifestyle, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: It’s a lifestyle

Chefs work unusual hours, on their feet, in high pressure environments. As a result their diets can often be worse than the most ill-informed eater

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 5 June 2014 at 4:38 pm

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