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Her Outdoors: Do you have Britain’s best allotment?, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Do you have Britain’s best allotment?

Why do people have allotments? Is it the joy of growing food? The escape from the daily grind? The urge to create something beautiful out of nature? Or – and in my experience this is usually in most cases – all three? And what about the competitive streak of many plot-holders? My competitive urges come [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 28 February 2015 at 8:50 pm

In Milan, a philosophical bent from Moschino, Fendi and Fausto Puglisi, Fashion

In Milan, a philosophical bent from Moschino, Fendi and Fausto Puglisi

How do you define the here-and-now? Well, it’s tricky. In fact, as the Milanese collections unfold, it’s increasingly proving impossible. The contemporary is the untimely, said Roland Barthes – the fact he said it on a Gucci press release was quite something. What Barthes means is that the present is impossible to pin down – as soon as you say it, it’s passed.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 27 February 2015 at 7:49 pm

Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future, Arts

Crowds at Lahore Lit Fest ignore bomb risks and raise hopes for Pakistan’s future

The hope that one day Pakistan will escape from the clutches of jihadist terrorism, corrupt politicians and an over-bearing army came alive last weekend at the Lahore Literary Festival, where mostly young audiences averaging 25,000 people a day applauded criticisms and wider worries about the functioning of the country as well as enjoying other sessions [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 27 February 2015 at 7:22 am

Vicars and tarts, fear and clothing: Thomas Tait, Mary Katrantzou, Marques’Almeida and Giles, Fashion

Vicars and tarts, fear and clothing: Thomas Tait, Mary Katrantzou, Marques’Almeida and Giles

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, philosophers frequently question if it makes a sound. I pose you this: if we watch a fashion show, but it’s in the dark, did we really see it at all? Would be nice if such a question remained philosophical – but Thomas Tait decided to materialise it as an illogical staging concept for his autumn/winter 2015 show on Monday afternoon.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 24 February 2015 at 11:32 pm

Tom Ford’s Hollywood fashion epic – live! Sort of., Fashion

Tom Ford’s Hollywood fashion epic – live! Sort of.

To avoid the publicity disaster of clashing with the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony on Monday – at least, when it comes to the all-important column inch – the savvy designer Tom Ford (who, please remember, was once up for an Oscar himself) shifted his show to Los Angeles. He’d already decided to do it last October; he told me he was going to pack his front row with celebrities and have a red carpet laid out front.

Tom Ford is a man of his word, and of bloody-minded conviction. At about three this morning, GMT, he did just that.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 21 February 2015 at 1:32 pm

Marc Jacobs gives us Vreeland, with pizzaz, Fashion

Marc Jacobs gives us Vreeland, with pizzaz

I couldn’t watch the autumn/winter 2015 Marc Jacobs show – theoretically, I was on an early flight back to London to attend the memorial of Professor Louise Wilson. In actual fact, I wound up sat in the airport watching it unfold on a computer screen, departure delayed.

It was a great show. The kind you regret not seeing.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Saturday, 21 February 2015 at 2:39 am

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Welsh Rarebit with Caramelised Leeks & Fresh Thyme, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Welsh Rarebit with Caramelised Leeks & Fresh Thyme

If you fancy a treat every now and then, then this is a recipe not to miss off the list. What’s great about this dish is that it’s super rich in flavour so I’d be surprised if you got through more than one slice (practically a diet dish!) Serve with roasted tomatoes and charred lettuce and you’ve got a full meal. For those avoiding carbs, try swapping the bread for a generous slice of beef tomato.

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 20 February 2015 at 4:15 pm

New York Fashion Week Winter 2015: The meaty stuff, at Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne and Rodarte, Fashion

New York Fashion Week Winter 2015: The meaty stuff, at Proenza Schouler, Thom Browne and Rodarte

You sometimes get the feeling New York makes a meal out of its fashion week – a super-sized meal, in the grand American tradition. The city stages 300 shows, twice a year, in a week which crawls on for longer than Paris. Which in itself wouldn’t be a problem, only you question how much of it anyone really needs to see.

There hasn’t been much meat to get your teeth into this New York, but there’s been some gristle, the sort of stuff that catches in your gums and makes you pause mid chow-down.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 19 February 2015 at 6:49 pm

Magical thinking now dominates our politics, Chunomics

Magical thinking now dominates our politics

UKIP, the SNP and the Greens cut through all the complexity and noise. They say quite simple things, in straightforward ways. They’re clear. They’re economical. They’re succinct – and they look like they mean it.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 19 February 2015 at 3:48 pm

Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript, Chunomics

Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript

* Many bankers are still overpaid
* The Chancellor’s Help to Buy subsidies are not a good idea
* Banks should not be broken up
* Narrow banking (ordinary deposits all backed by ultra-safe government bond) would be “too risky”
* Higher equity buffers for banks will result in less credit for the real economy

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 12:50 pm

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