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Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.
We have asked people how they intend to vote, and carried out an experiment to test the effect of prompting for UKIP. Survation is the only pollster that reminds respondents about UKIP in its standard voting-intention question. This produces [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 18 October 2014 at 11:20 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Fitzcarraldo Editions, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Fitzcarraldo Editions

Last week I spoke about some plain-looking – but lovely – jacketless hardbacks. This week I’m still on the minimalist tip, thanks to these first offerings from new publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions. They are paperback, not hardback, though the word is misleading: this is a lovely, slightly textured card, with the jacket flaps folding back almost [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 17 October 2014 at 12:42 pm

The reluctant vegetarian: Super-Sized Fake Chicken Chilli Taco, Dish of the Day

The reluctant vegetarian: Super-Sized Fake Chicken Chilli Taco

Having come to terms with mock meat and impressed by its willingness to take on any flavour that you throw at it, I’ve now decided to openly embrace it…and here’s another example.Combine a good variation of chillies, herbs, spices and whatever else you may have hanging about in the back of your cupboard to create [...]

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 16 October 2014 at 5:28 pm

A Guy Called Gerald on technology and live performance, Music

A Guy Called Gerald on technology and live performance

A Guy Called Gerald has been making music since the mid-eighties, and his ethos has always been to utilise technological advances in his music-making and performance wherever possible – embracing the ethos behind techno music from the very beginning. He is currently working with Native Instruments on their Traktor DJ application, which can be used [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 16 October 2014 at 5:15 pm

Children’s books for October: Meg and Mog, The Demon Dentist and The Whispering Skull, Arts

Children’s books for October: Meg and Mog, The Demon Dentist and The Whispering Skull

I couldn’t resist going for a Hallowe’en theme with this months’ children’s book recommendations. I’ve settled on these three by Helen Nicoll, David Walliams and Jonathan Stroud, but please feel free to make your own spooky children’s book suggestions in the comments below, or tweet me @RebeccaDavies__

PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: Meg and Mog
Meg [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 16 October 2014 at 5:08 pm

Her Outdoors: Time to plant garlic, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Time to plant garlic

The difference between the start of the month, when the days were bright and sunny and a languid Indian Summer warmth hung over Plot 35a, and now, with wind, rain, thunder, lightning, has drastically changed my allotment. Suddenly, as if overnight, foliage has begun to shrink away. Leaves falling off trees and the grapevine has [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 11:32 am

Barking Blondes: Pet Shops

Whilst many high streets across the country are struggling to survive, there is one corner of retail that appears to be thriving…..the local pet shop.
Benefitting from a surge in pet ownership here in Britain, the hound pound is booming. There’s a trend for a new breed of pet shop. Often they’ll be grooming services in-store, [...]

By | | Sunday, 12 October 2014 at 6:00 am

The Menzingers – “I believe in writing from the point of view that this could be the last thing you ever say, so make sure that it’s worthwhile”, Music

The Menzingers – “I believe in writing from the point of view that this could be the last thing you ever say, so make sure that it’s worthwhile”

With their new album, Rented World, The Menzingers had the unenviable task of following up an underground punk classic, 2012s On The Impossible Past. They succeeded, not only in delivering an album stuffed to the gills with fantastic Americana-tinged punk anthems, but also in furthering their songwriting ability and expanding their sound. Remfry Dedman sat [...]

By | Music | Friday, 10 October 2014 at 2:37 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Slightly Foxed and Notting Hill Editions, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Slightly Foxed and Notting Hill Editions

This blog is written on the fly, latching onto whatever catches my eye in the world of books, and as such is happily prey to its fashions and fads. Book designers are in the business, among other things, of making books stand out and be noticed, and I’m in the business of noticing books.
That said, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 10 October 2014 at 11:00 am

Good Indian sales at Sotheby’s London but contemporaries’ slump worsens, Arts

Good Indian sales at Sotheby’s London but contemporaries’ slump worsens

Two trends emerged from Sotheby’s auction of contemporary and modern India art in London on October 7, which achieved sales totalling £4.7m ($7.6m). The top lot was Tyeb Mehta’s notable Blue Painting with a bid of £930,000 (£1.12m including buyers’ premium), which was 50% above the lowest estimate.
The first trend is that, in the current [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 6:52 pm

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