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Dior and I: an artful argument for a new couture, Fashion

Dior and I: an artful argument for a new couture

It’s really difficult to get fashion on film right – because it means so much to the people who love it, and is worthless to those who loathe it. Nothing will change those points of view – not extolling the hours of work poured into intricate clothes, not bandying about awe-inspiring figures about fashion house turnovers, not filming seamstresses weeping with emotion as their work is showcased, or possibly ripped to pieces. I personally fall into the former camp, so no matter how much you question the worth versus the cost or roll your eyes with puritan disgust at the vanity of it all, I won’t be swayed.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 23 March 2015 at 7:22 pm

Rahul Gandhi’s on a trip that maybe shouldn’t end, The Foreign Desk

Rahul Gandhi’s on a trip that maybe shouldn’t end

The Modi government has at last had a couple of parliamentary successes with two urgent pieces of legislation covering auctions of coal and other mining leases being passed on March 20 at the end of the first part of the Budget session. That was the result of political haggling and deal making with opposition parties that [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 23 March 2015 at 9:22 am

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird, Music

Claude VonStroke: 10 Years of Dirtybird

I remember hearing ‘Who’s Afraid Of Detroit’ being rinsed by all the dubstep DJs back in the mid-2000s. That track was my introduction to Claude VonStroke, a man who has established his label, dirtybird, as a premier house and techno platform. With a great team of artists at its core, the label has gone from [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 19 March 2015 at 5:07 pm

Her Outdoors: Sowing outdoors, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Sowing outdoors

Yes, spring is stalling and all that warmth we had earlier this month has been replaced by chilly air. But nevertheless, when I put my soil thermometer into my beds this week it read 9.5 C – warm enough to start sowing seeds direct. Woohoo!
I spent four hours at Plot 35a on Monday, and it [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 17 March 2015 at 10:35 pm

Ed Balls rehearses Ed Miliband’s lines for the Budget reply, Eagle Eye

Ed Balls rehearses Ed Miliband’s lines for the Budget reply

Ed Balls, the shadow Chancellor, was on Pienaar’s Politics on BBC Radio 5 Live. It was interesting because John Pienaar put to him some of the things that George Osborne might do in the Budget, and Balls seemed to be trying out lines for Labour’s response – although that will be delivered, according to convention, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 15 March 2015 at 8:08 pm

Green surge checked – ComRes poll, Eagle Eye

Green surge checked – ComRes poll

The Green surge appears to have stalled after Natalie Bennett, the party leader (right), suffered what she called a “brain fade” in a radio interview last month, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror. The Green Party has dropped four points in the Favourability Index since January, putting [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 8:20 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month we had a two-point Labour lead.
This time we have repeated our Favourability Index, asking if people have a favourable or unfavourable view of six parties – Labour, Conservative, UKIP, Lib Dem, SNP and Greens – and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 March 2015 at 10:49 am

Mother’s Day message from Rainbow Trust, Uncategorized

Mother’s Day message from Rainbow Trust

This Mother’s Day, children will be baking cakes and picking flowers for their mums. Mothers will be looking forward to being spoilt on their one day off in the year but for those mothers who have lost a child or have a child with a life threatening or a terminal illness, Mother’s Day will be no less heartbreaking than the next.

By | | Friday, 13 March 2015 at 5:32 pm

In Paris, food for thought at Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen and – maybe – Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane, Fashion

In Paris, food for thought at Miu Miu, Alexander McQueen and – maybe – Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane

Prada’s Miu Miu label have commissioned an ongoing series of film shorts, titled “Women’s Tales”, by leading female filmmakers. The latest is by Alice Rohrwacher. It’s number 9. The intention, Miu Miu say, in the lavish literature that’s issued out with each, is to answer a few timeless questions. “How do women appear to themselves? How do they appear to each other? Isn’t appearance also a political and intellectual issue? How should a woman be today?”

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 12 March 2015 at 7:21 pm

Her Outdoors: Planting onions and sowing tender veg, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Planting onions and sowing tender veg

Temperatures were as high as 17C last Saturday, and – even though I was at work writing about the election TV debates – I thought of how the spring sunshine would be warming the soil on Plot 35a. When I got down there yesterday, there were signs that the warmth has, like a thermostat, clicked [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 10 March 2015 at 11:13 pm

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