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Scottish Book Trust: Ask the Illustrator with Debi Gliori, Arts

Scottish Book Trust: Ask the Illustrator with Debi Gliori

Most parents with children under the age of five, and every librarian, will be familiar with award-winning Scottish author and illustrator Debi Gliori’s work.  Born in Glasgow, she is well known both for her picture books and her novels for children and has been shortlisted for all the major prizes, including the Kate Greenaway Award [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 22 May 2015 at 1:29 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Caponata, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Caponata

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This is my version of the traditional Sicilian aubergine and vegetable stew. Typical serve as a warm side dish or served cold as an antipasto which means it keeps really well if you want to make a big batch and serve it across several meals. This is such a delicious dish packed full [...]

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 22 May 2015 at 1:22 pm

Second Storey & Appleblim present ALSO, Music

Second Storey & Appleblim present ALSO

ALSO is an alias that has been adopted by Appleblim and Second Storey, AKA Laurie Osbourne and Alec Storey respectively. As a duo they started out with a release back in 2010, and moved create a live set, which they debuted at Space in Ibiza. Out of the many studio sessions and live performances that [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 8:36 am

A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an, Music

A chat with… Ralph Lawson and Subb-an

Just last week I caught with Ralph Lawson and Subb-an ahead of Ralph’s 20/20 Vision party here in London this weekend.  The party runs through the day and night and is FREE entry, thanks to a sponsor getting involved! Find out more here. I began by quizzing them about their first meeting and, right away, [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 21 May 2015 at 8:19 am

Modi needs to Make Things Happen so that Chinese and other investors Make in India, The Foreign Desk

Modi needs to Make Things Happen so that Chinese and other investors Make in India

Make in India has been the main slogan drummed out by Narendra Modi and his ministers and bureaucrats for many months, but it is surely time for that to be turned around into a reality by India’s prime minister adopting a personal slogan to Make Things Happen. There are few significant results from the Make [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 18 May 2015 at 7:57 pm

Ironman 70.3 Pays D’Aix, France – swim, bike, run & wild boar encounter

When people say that the hardest part of a triathlon is actually getting to the start line uninjured, they probably aren’t thinking about the kind of incident that nearly did for me recently. Anyone can stub their toe on the hotel bed. Or spill a scalding cup of tea over themselves. Or sprain their ankle [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 18 May 2015 at 2:13 pm

A beer in the sunshine with David August, Music

A beer in the sunshine with David August

David August was in London recently, so I caught up with him to grab a beer in the sun and talk about his brand new project – a live musical group called The David August Ensemble. A very interesting chat ensued…

By | Music | Friday, 15 May 2015 at 5:24 pm

Actress on London, uni life and Wolverhampton…, Music

Actress on London, uni life and Wolverhampton…

Actress (AKA Darren J. Cunningham) moved to London, from Wolverhampton, in 1999 to attend university in the capital. Over the years his productions have captured the imaginations of electronic music lovers around the world, thanks to his diverse and often quite leftfield approach. I spoke to him recently and our chat began with my excitement [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 14 May 2015 at 5:05 pm

Election Result Pedantry, Eagle Eye

Election Result Pedantry

Three points about the 2015 general election result.
1. Members of Parliament
Conservative 331, Labour 232, SNP 56, Lib Dem 8, DUP 8, Others 11. Sinn Fein (do not take their seats) 4.
Sky News says Conservative 330, but this is because it excludes the Speaker. It makes more sense to include him in the Conservative total (see [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 10 May 2015 at 4:03 pm

Modi’s first year Part 1 – “chilling effects” undermine achievements, The Foreign Desk

Modi’s first year Part 1 – “chilling effects” undermine achievements

America’s ambassador to India certainly did not mean to deliver a verdict on the first year of Narendra Modi’s time as prime minister when he referred on May 6 to the “potentially chilling effects” of current government threats to restrict or close organisations such as the Ford Foundation and Greenpeace.
But as I sat listening to a [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 10 May 2015 at 1:41 pm

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