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Her Outdoors: Jeanne de Vegette, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Jeanne de Vegette

I have recently rediscovered one of my favourite films from childhood, Jean de Florette. It is one of the greatest-ever in the French language. Directed by Claude Berri, from the original Marcel Pagnol film and novel, about Provencal farmers and a tussle over land and water. A peasant farmer who wants to grow carnations has [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 14 June 2015 at 10:35 pm

India’s old moderns keep the art auctions buoyant, Arts

India’s old moderns keep the art auctions buoyant

Auction houses need to find something special to galvanise the hesitant Indian modern art market and make their sales a success, and that is what both Christie’s and Bonhams have succeeded in doing at their annual June sales in London this week. Christie’s hit a winner on June 10 with a large historic work by [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 12 June 2015 at 5:56 pm

Tony Blair and Michael Barber at the Strand Group, Eagle Eye

Tony Blair and Michael Barber at the Strand Group

Tony Blair came to the Strand Group at King’s College, London, my new academic home, yesterday, as the respondent for a talk by Michael Barber on his new book, How to Run a Government So that Citizens Benefit and Taxpayers Don’t Go Crazy.
The video is here and the transcript is below.
Michael Barber started by talking [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 12 June 2015 at 8:09 am

Her Outdoors: Rocket Boost, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Rocket Boost

I found myself down at Plot 35a this week at 10pm, with just enough light left to see what I was watering. My plot neighbour was also there, catching up on some weeding. We chatted about how the June evenings give us the gift of allotment time, which is just as well as we are [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 11 June 2015 at 4:13 pm

The super rich get richer – even after tax, Chunomics

The super rich get richer – even after tax

I said that, sadly, Sir Anthony hasn’t produced post-tax estimates of the income share of those within the top 1 per cent. Happily, I was wrong on that point.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 10 June 2015 at 2:55 pm

The bother of the other: Dior, Louis Vuitton and Gucci Cruise along for 2016, Fashion

The bother of the other: Dior, Louis Vuitton and Gucci Cruise along for 2016

You know what I like about the pre-collections? Not the travelling (I’m lazy), nor the dinners (I’m anti-social), definitely not the jet-lag, frequently not the clothes – they’re often simple-minded, and, generally most aren’t any good from a critical standpoint. What I like though is the time. The time to look at said clothes, to ponder them, frequently to turn them inside out. The fact you get to step off the increasingly frenzied fashion treadmill and actually spent a chunk of your day thinking about what you’ve seen, rather than rushing to the next.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 8 June 2015 at 6:15 pm

Sir Anthony Atkinson: the full transcript, Chunomics

Sir Anthony Atkinson: the full transcript

At the end of last month I interviewed the godfather of inequality research, Sir Anthony Atkinson, for The Independent to coincide with the publication of his new book “Inequality: What can be done?”

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Monday, 8 June 2015 at 2:48 pm

What do we mean by income inequality?, Chunomics

What do we mean by income inequality?

When many people think and talk about inequality what they are referring to is the disparity between the incomes of the rich and those in the middle.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 2 June 2015 at 4:46 pm

The rich get richer, and the poor get richer a bit faster, Eagle Eye

The rich get richer, and the poor get richer a bit faster

The subject of inequality in Britain ought to be central to politics, but most people have fixed ideas about what is happening to the gap between rich and poor that are not soundly based. I thought I should recap what we know, after a post by Flip Chart Rick drew attention to recent OECD figures, [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 29 May 2015 at 8:28 pm

“All of us who are responsible for children’s education are betraying their futures with our failure”, Eagle Eye

“All of us who are responsible for children’s education are betraying their futures with our failure”

Liz Kendall is giving a speech today at De Montfort University in her Leicester West constituency. It is interesting. Here is the full text:
It’s always a pleasure to be at De Montfort University. As Earl of Leicester, Simon De Montfort summoned the first parliament that included citizens of major towns, not just the aristocracy.
Every Labour [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 29 May 2015 at 11:34 am

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