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Political scandals block the workings of India’s parliament, The Foreign Desk

Political scandals block the workings of India’s parliament

Until a few weeks ago, Shivraj Singh Chauhan was regarded as one of India’s most successful and responsible chief ministers. During the ten years that he has held that post in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, he has transformed its agriculture, cared for the poor and for minority groups such as Muslims, and displayed [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 22 July 2015 at 2:06 pm

Why doesn’t a higher minimum wage help the poor more?, Chunomics

Why doesn’t a higher minimum wage help the poor more?

A surprisingly large share of minimum wage workers are in the top half of the distribution. Indeed, there are more minimum wage earners in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth highest deciles than in the bottom two poorest deciles.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 14 July 2015 at 2:13 pm

In Rome, poetry in motion and couture as sculpture from Valentino and Azzedine Alaïa, Fashion

In Rome, poetry in motion and couture as sculpture from Valentino and Azzedine Alaïa

The moon hit your eye like a big pizza pie, as they say, at the Villa Aurelia in Rome. It wasn’t amore though, it was Valentino. They were throwing a post-show, post-watershed shindig to celebrate their autumn/winter 2015 haute couture collection, which they’d uprooted from Paris to present in the Italian capital of alta moda. Why? Why not?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 13 July 2015 at 12:10 am

Her Outdoors: A squash and some peas, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: A squash and some peas

In gardening, some things are perfectly named – runner beans can run away up the bean poles, say, and there are a whole host of diseases and disorders which have does-what-it-says-on-the-tin names: scab, brown rot and bitter pit alone in apples… But the squash, the autumnal cousin of the courgette, the fancier sister of the [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 10:30 pm

A Budget that makes little economic sense, Eagle Eye

A Budget that makes little economic sense

Moving rapidly to budget surplus makes us more vulnerable to the next crisis by keeping interest rates low.

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 8 July 2015 at 7:15 pm

Nightclubbing and the search for a new individuality. Or maybe just fun, at Miu Miu, Fashion

Nightclubbing and the search for a new individuality. Or maybe just fun, at Miu Miu

Identity is important in fashion – especially today, when there are so many clothes that all seem to look the same. The important thing for designers is distinguishing themselves and their wares from the rest of the flock.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 5 July 2015 at 9:59 am

David Vincent on Sankeys, its evolution and latest changes

David Vincent is the owner of Sankeys, a British clubbing institution which was born in Manchester and has been transported over to Ibiza, where it’s enjoying unparalleled success. For the past five years it has grown and evolved into one of the most popular destinations for Ibiza’s clubbing faithful, with a diverse range of parties [...]

By | Music | Friday, 3 July 2015 at 10:43 am

John ‘00’ Fleming on The Brighton Music Conference

Last week the second annual Brighton Music Conference took place down on the south coast. BMC aims to create a space where those involved in the electronic music industry can network, collaborate and get more insight into the inner workings of our business. I invited DJ legend John ‘00’ Fleming to write about the event [...]

By | | Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 3:56 pm

Indian rickshaw fetches £100,000 for wild elephants at Prince Charles hosted auction, Arts

Indian rickshaw fetches £100,000 for wild elephants at Prince Charles hosted auction

In India, the iconic Bajaj auto rickshaws or tuk-tuks cost around Rs200,000 or £2,000, Two nights ago, twenty were sold for up to £100,000 each in brightly coloured designs at a wildlife charity auction hosted in Lancaster House by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
There was a London taxi lookalike, a bamboo [...]

By | Arts, Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 8:48 am

Her Outdoors: Jane and the Giant Peach, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Jane and the Giant Peach

I have been watering my plot for nearly an hour, first thing in the morning or late in the evening, just before it gets too dark to see my way back to the allotment gate, to prevent this heat destroying my months of hard work. My vegetables and fruit bushes are teeming with crops now, [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 1 July 2015 at 7:29 am

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