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Her Outdoors: Time to plant garlic, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Time to plant garlic

The difference between the start of the month, when the days were bright and sunny and a languid Indian Summer warmth hung over Plot 35a, and now, with wind, rain, thunder, lightning, has drastically changed my allotment. Suddenly, as if overnight, foliage has begun to shrink away. Leaves falling off trees and the grapevine has [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 14 October 2014 at 11:32 am

Barking Blondes: Pet Shops

Whilst many high streets across the country are struggling to survive, there is one corner of retail that appears to be thriving…..the local pet shop.
Benefitting from a surge in pet ownership here in Britain, the hound pound is booming. There’s a trend for a new breed of pet shop. Often they’ll be grooming services in-store, [...]

By | | Sunday, 12 October 2014 at 6:00 am

The Menzingers – “I believe in writing from the point of view that this could be the last thing you ever say, so make sure that it’s worthwhile”, Music

The Menzingers – “I believe in writing from the point of view that this could be the last thing you ever say, so make sure that it’s worthwhile”

With their new album, Rented World, The Menzingers had the unenviable task of following up an underground punk classic, 2012s On The Impossible Past. They succeeded, not only in delivering an album stuffed to the gills with fantastic Americana-tinged punk anthems, but also in furthering their songwriting ability and expanding their sound. Remfry Dedman sat [...]

By | Music | Friday, 10 October 2014 at 2:37 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Slightly Foxed and Notting Hill Editions, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Slightly Foxed and Notting Hill Editions

This blog is written on the fly, latching onto whatever catches my eye in the world of books, and as such is happily prey to its fashions and fads. Book designers are in the business, among other things, of making books stand out and be noticed, and I’m in the business of noticing books.
That said, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 10 October 2014 at 11:00 am

Good Indian sales at Sotheby’s London but contemporaries’ slump worsens, Arts

Good Indian sales at Sotheby’s London but contemporaries’ slump worsens

Two trends emerged from Sotheby’s auction of contemporary and modern India art in London on October 7, which achieved sales totalling £4.7m ($7.6m). The top lot was Tyeb Mehta’s notable Blue Painting with a bid of £930,000 (£1.12m including buyers’ premium), which was 50% above the lowest estimate.
The first trend is that, in the current [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 6:52 pm

VerseChorusVerse Interview: “Folk and punk music are very much entwined”, Music

VerseChorusVerse Interview: “Folk and punk music are very much entwined”

Tony Wright AKA VerseChorusVerse used to make a hell of a din in jubilant Irish Instrumental Noise-mongers And So I Watch You From Afar. The band made great progress, gaining a rabid fan base and becoming one of the most successful off-kilter musical Irish exports of recent years. But in August 2011, Tony made the [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 5:06 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Garlic Fried Samphire, Courgette & Chilli Lumaconi, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Garlic Fried Samphire, Courgette & Chilli Lumaconi

Garlic Fried Samphire, Courgette & Chilli Lumaconi
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Feeds: 4-6
Ingredients
500g Lumaconi Pasta
Sprinkle of Salt Flakes
2 Generous glugs of good quality Olive Oil
4-5 Large cloves of Garlic – Crushed and finely chopped
1 Red Chilli – Finely sliced
2 Courgettes – Finely chopped or put through a ‘Spiralizer’
Large handful of Samphire
3 Slices of stale [...]

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 4:50 pm

Ryoichi Kurokawa: “Digital art is already classical”, Arts

Ryoichi Kurokawa: “Digital art is already classical”

Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa explains why he believes digital art is already classical, and why his future work will be lacking the audiovisual aspect that he is known for.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 4:44 pm

Ed Balls on mansion tax

Here is a full transcript of the Shadow Chancellor, one of our most interesting politicians, interviewed by Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News this morning.
DM: Why do you think you’ve lost your poll lead? Anything to do with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 5 October 2014 at 4:33 pm

Her Outdoors: Harvest, interrupted, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Harvest, interrupted

A little delay in publishing this, as it’s been party conference season. So, while my allotment is full of harvest, I’ve been travelling to Manchester, Birmingham and, this coming week, Glasgow to sit inside hotels and conference halls with politicians instead of picking grapes and the last of the runner beans and raking leaves. I [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 4 October 2014 at 7:43 pm

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