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Are you a socialite or a foodie? Six new older consumer groups identified, The Money Blog

Are you a socialite or a foodie? Six new older consumer groups identified

Do you spend wise or foolishly? Enjoy lavish meals or holidays or have simple frugal repasts? Find out which consumer category you fall into if you’re over 50

By | The Money Blog | Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 12:32 pm

“Tainted Pockets”, Eagle Eye

“Tainted Pockets”

The Daily Mail does seem to be off its game. The headline I imagined it would use on the story of Tony Blair’s possible donation to the Labour Party is much better than what it came up with today.
I suggested:
This Blood Money Is Proof of Blair’s Guilty Conscience
What it actually came up with, on an [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 6 March 2014 at 10:02 am

Ibet: England’s Habit Of Conceding Looks Set To Continue Against Denmark, Notebook

Ibet: England’s Habit Of Conceding Looks Set To Continue Against Denmark

Although betting heavy on friendlies can be a recipe for disaster as managers experiment before the real thing, there do look to be solid reasons for expecting goals when England take on Denmark tonight.

By | Notebook, Sport | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 at 4:28 pm

India polls start April 7 – possible Modi-led BJP victory May 16, The Foreign Desk

India polls start April 7 – possible Modi-led BJP victory May 16

A few days after May 16, India’s Congress Party and the Gandhi family that heads it will have been swept from power and a new government led quite probably by Narendra Modi, the Hindu-nationalist driven and feared Bharatiya Janata Party chief minister of Gujarat, will take office. This will, if the BJP has a sufficiently [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 at 2:25 pm

How bonuses work at Standard Chartered, Chunomics

How bonuses work at Standard Chartered

Is remuneration really tracking performance at Standard Chartered? Let’s see what shareholders say, but there is room for scepticism.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 5 March 2014 at 2:00 pm

Dish of the Day: Home baked sticky peanut butter and chilli kale chips, Dish of the Day

Dish of the Day: Home baked sticky peanut butter and chilli kale chips

This is a great quick recipe to make some healthy(ish) snacks. Packed full of iron, they are a great alternative to crisps!

By | Dish of the Day | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at 6:15 pm

David Owen and the Bad Fairy, Eagle Eye

David Owen and the Bad Fairy

Still further talking of David Owen, I forgot to repeat Denis Healey’s fine story about him:
When he was born, all the good fairies gave him every virtue: “You’ll be beautiful, you’ll be intelligent, you’ll have charm and charisma.” And the bad fairy came along and tapped him on the shoulder and said, “But you’ll be [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at 2:55 pm

Chuka Umunna speech: mostly harmless, Eagle Eye

Chuka Umunna speech: mostly harmless

Chuka Umunna, the shadow Business Secretary, is giving a speech tonight about “Labour’s plan for long-term balanced growth” to the EEF, which used to stand for Engineering Employers’ Federation.
As usual, it has some nice touches. He praises Ken Clarke, “who speaks a lot of sense” on Europe, and contrasts him with
most of his Conservative cabinet colleagues and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at 2:28 pm

David Owen nearly endorsed Labour in 2005, Eagle Eye

David Owen nearly endorsed Labour in 2005

Still talking of David Owen, who endorsed Ed Miliband’s Labour Party reforms at the weekend, I’m told that he was prepared to come out for the Labour Party in the 2005 election, but wasn’t taken up on it.
I understand that, towards the end of the campaign, Labour were looking for ways to “check” the Liberal [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 4 March 2014 at 11:17 am

Visibility and viability: Rihanna does Comme des Garçons, Céline challenges superficially and Chloe clumps along, Fashion

Visibility and viability: Rihanna does Comme des Garçons, Céline challenges superficially and Chloe clumps along

Rihanna was sat front-row at Comme des Garçons on Saturday afternoon. I’m uncertain why she was there – it isn’t something I would normally mention, but the incongruity of such a high-profile attendee at Comme des Garçons, hitherto the bastion of intellectualism, of substance over mere style, bears comment. What did Rihanna make of it all? I didn’t ask because, frankly, I don’t care. Comme des Garçons isn’t about the flashy, slightly trashy circus of celebrity dressing. Hence, perhaps Rihanna’s presence was some form of artistic statement, a kind of installation or performance piece? I wondered if someone, somewhere was laughing at her. Or maybe, if even Comme counts the column inches. Visibility, in today’s fashion game, seems next to godliness.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 3 March 2014 at 5:33 pm

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