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Narendra Modi’s problems tone down his Independence Day style, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi’s problems tone down his Independence Day style

If Narendra Modi has learned anything since becoming India’s prime minister, it must be that the country changes slowly and that bombast does not work, at least not all of the time and less in India than it does abroad.
That became evident when he delivered his second prime ministerial speech this morning (Aug 15) in Hindi [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Saturday, 15 August 2015 at 4:47 pm

The Haute Route Cycle – Day 1 in the Pyrenees, Notebook

The Haute Route Cycle – Day 1 in the Pyrenees

Oh. My. God. What have I let myself in for? Or, to put it another way, greetings from the Haute Route.
Day One is over. Only six more days to go. But I am trying not to think about them because today’s opener was unbelievably tough, and I need to get my head sorted before tomorrow.
I [...]

By | Notebook | Saturday, 15 August 2015 at 4:38 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have our first post-election ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.
It has some interesting findings about the Labour leadership election. I shall post the results here this evening, and the full tables will be on the ComRes website.
The voting intention figures use the new ComRes Voter Turnout [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 15 August 2015 at 12:12 pm

ArcTanGent Interview: ‘It’s like being part of a secret club’, Arts

ArcTanGent Interview: ‘It’s like being part of a secret club’

In 2013, ArcTanGent Festival was born and instantly became a mecca for bands whose musical ambitions go beyond that of writing a ‘pretty melody’ and having ‘a good beat’. Music to stroke your, or someone else’s, beard too (with their permission of course). Now ArcTanGent is back for its third incarnation, bigger and better than [...]

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 13 August 2015 at 3:00 pm

Her Outdoors: Currant thinking, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Currant thinking

The redcurrants and blackcurrants at Plot 35a have finished for this year, but the whitecurrants, which are in their first year, glimmer through the leaves of their bush like pearls and are soon ready for picking.
We’ve spent the last couple of weekends up in North Yorkshire, at Him Indoors’ family’s house, where the season is [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 11 August 2015 at 6:34 pm

Henley to Marlow 14k Swim- Tales from the riverbank, Notebook

Henley to Marlow 14k Swim- Tales from the riverbank

I was never a great fan of Little Britain – it was a bit OTT for me – but David Walliams the swimmer is a different matter. It was back in 2011 that he swam the 220km length of the Thames, raising over a million pounds for Sport Relief, putting himself through eight days of [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 10 August 2015 at 9:04 am

Her Outdoors: August is here, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: August is here

Last weekend I put down my Japanese razor hoe and went to judge other people’s plots in the finals of Britain’s Best Allotment. The results will be revealed during National Allotment Week next week, so I can’t say too much here, apart from thanking the lovely people who invited me and my fellow judges onto [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 1 August 2015 at 7:59 pm

Bangladesh land swap tonight shows what India can achieve despite China, The Foreign Desk

Bangladesh land swap tonight shows what India can achieve despite China

Of all the visits to 25 foreign countries that Narendra Modi has made since he became India’s prime minister 14 months ago, a recent trip to neighbouring Bangladesh yielded perhaps the most concrete outcome. On a relatively brief weekend visit in June, Modi signed an agreement with Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh’s prime minister, for the two countries to swap [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 31 July 2015 at 2:47 pm

Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: L is for leek, C is for cucumber, G is for garlic

In my last post I wrote about picking the last of the peas and broad beans from the central bed and removing the spent plants. Normally I would cut the plants down to the ground and leave the root systems in place because legumes, particularly the broad beans, develop nodules on the roots of mature [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 7:39 pm

Have the cuts to council budgets really been painless for the public?, Chunomics

Have the cuts to council budgets really been painless for the public?

There have been big cuts in poor areas and lighter cuts in well-off districts. If there was localised dissatisfaction at the impact of these cuts on services a national poll would not necessarily pick it up.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 23 July 2015 at 4:52 pm

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