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Obama’s India trip is significant but expect limited results, The Foreign Desk

Obama’s India trip is significant but expect limited results

Delhi’s international airport was closed for two hours yesterday morning because President Obama is visiting India. He’s wasn’t however in the country and is not arriving for another four days, but everything is being rehearsed down to the finest detail, even closing the airspace around the capital.
That is partly because of intense and almost suffocating [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 21 January 2015 at 11:06 am

Toundra IV: Exclusive Album Stream, Music

Toundra IV: Exclusive Album Stream

Toundra, a four piece post-rock outfit from Madrid, are gearing up for the release of their fourth album, numerically and pleasingly titled IV. The album is available exclusively to stream below via The Independent.
IV tells the story of two foxes that need to escape from the forest where they live as a huge fire ravages [...]

By | Music | Monday, 19 January 2015 at 11:00 am

Her Outdoors: Winter health check, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Winter health check

It’s been snowing in many parts of the UK this weekend… just not in London. Nearly two years without a single snowflake in the capital. My daughter, now four and a half, cannot remember what snow looks like. While I really want her to build a snowman, the upside of the snow-no-show is that I [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 8:37 pm

Tory party more favourably regarded than Labour, Eagle Eye

Tory party more favourably regarded than Labour

More people feel favourable towards the Conservative Party than to Labour according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Despite the common view that voters prefer the Labour brand to the Tory one if the qualities of leaders is left to one side, 29 per cent say [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 7:29 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. I will post the results here this evening. The full tables will be on the ComRes website.
As well as voting intention (we had a one-point Labour lead in the last ComRes online poll last month), we repeated our [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 January 2015 at 12:57 pm

Organic Black Rice Noodles with Garlic Fried Oyster Mushrooms, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Smoked Tofu & Lemon Oil Dressing, Dish of the Day

Organic Black Rice Noodles with Garlic Fried Oyster Mushrooms, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Smoked Tofu & Lemon Oil Dressing

This dish is very much in keeping with my attempts at healthy eating and clean living. The aim is to stick with it and reach the end of January and feel good for it. Just like the majority of people that may well have overeaten (perhaps not as much as I did) during the Christmas break I’ve started the year with stricter guidelines to my eating, wanting to reduce the amount of processed foods I consume, cut the sugar and caffeine addiction and pack in some more exercise.

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 16 January 2015 at 1:16 pm

Her Outdoors: Time to sow sweet peas, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Time to sow sweet peas

For the first time in several years, I didn’t sow my sweet peas in November. Normally I would sow them indoors or outside in a cold frame to give them the winter to bulk up. In autumn 2012, in fact, I sowed them in pots outside in late October and they grew enough to be [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 15 January 2015 at 10:23 pm

The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber, Eagle Eye

The Secret Diaries of Sir Michael Barber

Great news from my new academic home, King’s College, London.
Sir Michael Barber (pictured), the directing mind behind public service reform in the second term of the Blair government, has agreed to publish his diaries as part of a PhD thesis to be written by one of our stars, Michelle Clement.
Sir Michael, head of the Prime [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 January 2015 at 2:40 pm

No victory lap for George Osborne, Chunomics

No victory lap for George Osborne

Yes, the UK economy has recovered. But the evidence of high fiscal multipliers when interest rates are low and trading partners are also retrenching suggests it would have done better since 2010 without the Chancellor’s front-loaded tax hikes and capital spending cuts.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 7:52 pm

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return, Music

Bloc’s owners on the brand’s carefully conceived return

Two and half years ago, Bloc, one of the UK’s best-known alternative electronic music events, suffered a massive blow when their very first London event encountered a disastrous turn of events that led to its cancellation and the company going bankrupt. Since then, the owners Alex Benson and George Hull have slowly but surely worked on reinstating the brand’s status, culminating in the return of their ‘weekender’ this March. I spoke to them about their comeback and that fateful night in July 2012…

By | Music | Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3:47 pm

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