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Election Result Pedantry, Eagle Eye

Election Result Pedantry

Three points about the 2015 general election result.
1. Members of Parliament
Conservative 331, Labour 232, SNP 56, Lib Dem 8, DUP 8, Others 11. Sinn Fein (do not take their seats) 4.
Sky News says Conservative 330, but this is because it excludes the Speaker. It makes more sense to include him in the Conservative total (see [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 10 May 2015 at 4:03 pm

Modi’s first year Part 1 – “chilling effects” undermine achievements, The Foreign Desk

Modi’s first year Part 1 – “chilling effects” undermine achievements

America’s ambassador to India certainly did not mean to deliver a verdict on the first year of Narendra Modi’s time as prime minister when he referred on May 6 to the “potentially chilling effects” of current government threats to restrict or close organisations such as the Ford Foundation and Greenpeace.
But as I sat listening to a [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 10 May 2015 at 1:41 pm

Modi’s first year Part 2 – prime ministerial focus needed, The Foreign Desk

Modi’s first year Part 2 – prime ministerial focus needed

The Narendra Modi government’s image problems began towards the end of last year when arch Hindu nationalists within the BJP’s Sangh Parivar (family of organisations) voiced extreme views about minorities such as Muslims, which Modi took a long time to rebut. One minister implied that everyone apart from Hindus were born illegitimately. There were also [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 10 May 2015 at 1:40 pm

Pre-spring, in Palm Springs, with Louis Vuitton, Fashion

Pre-spring, in Palm Springs, with Louis Vuitton

I’m never a fan of fashion journalism that talks more about the show than the clothes. It smacks of a writer reticent to offer an opinion, lest it offend (or perhaps, just unsure of what they really think, or what to really say). But, with the newly-minted Around The World In Eighty Looks format of pre-collection presentation, it’s unavoidable. Fashion houses want journalists to be awed by the financial might that can shift an entire industry across the world on a creative whim. Moreover, they want them to communicate that to their readers, reinforcing the strength of the designer and, perhaps most importantly, the security of the brand as a whole. That not only sells clothes – it also drives the share price up.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Thursday, 7 May 2015 at 4:33 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Cauliflower & Spinach Cheese with Garlic Thyme Croutons, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Cauliflower & Spinach Cheese with Garlic Thyme Croutons

Cauliflower & Spinach Cheese with Garlic Thyme Croutons This is one of those dishes you know you won’t have leftovers from and I can guarantee it will be scoffed in one sitting. Serve it solo or serve it up with your Sunday roast, toad in the hole or just smothered over a crusty, white buttered loaf. If you’re feeling particularly experimental grill on toast for an amazing spin on welsh rarebit. Completely indulgent and not for every day…but definitely not a recipe to miss. For more recipes like this – Check out ‘Eat The Week’ my cookery book that’s just hit the bookshops TODAY!!

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 7 May 2015 at 3:59 pm

Her Outdoors: Making a hot bed, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Making a hot bed

Last week I moved my tomatoes, chillies, cucumbers, melons and cucamelon plants from the windowsill in our dining room to the cold frame at the plot. Him Indoors was very happy to get them out of the house, but I had to make sure these tender plants were, too. Late April to early May sees [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 7 May 2015 at 8:04 am

Dialects: LTKLTL – EP Stream, Arts

Dialects: LTKLTL – EP Stream

Glaswegian math / post rock newcomers Dialects are set to release their debut EP LTKLTL or to give it its full title Let The Kids Light These Lanterns on the 11th May. The formation of the band goes back to a particularly lacklustre Christmas party where guitarists Conor Anderson and Steve Gillies and [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 6 May 2015 at 12:00 pm

The Met Gala 2015: China in their brands, Fashion

The Met Gala 2015: China in their brands

Despite a 5.30am alarm for a flight to Palm Springs Tuesday morning to see Nicolas Ghesquiere’s latest Louis Vuitton Cruise show (at the Bob and Dolores Hope Estate and inspired, in part, by The Hunger, apparently), I spent most of Monday late night engrossed in documenting and dissecting the fashion of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. As with many things, the primary arena for this is Twitter – a pithy 140 character rant about a like or, more often, a dislike, accompanied by a picture. Then onto the next. It’s become something of a yearly tradition in the fashion fraternity.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Wednesday, 6 May 2015 at 7:07 am

Charlie Barnes: More Stately Mansions – Album Stream, Arts

Charlie Barnes: More Stately Mansions – Album Stream

With a sound self-described as ‘Big Morbid Death Pop’, Charlie Barnes make good on that oddly curious descriptor with the release of More Stately Mansions on 11th May. The album is available to stream exclusively with The Independent a week before release below.

The band, fronted by Charlie, play an audacious mish-mash of several styles. As [...]

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 5 May 2015 at 11:00 am

ComRes poll: Labour and Conservatives tied, Eagle Eye

ComRes poll: Labour and Conservatives tied

With less than a week to go until the election, the Conservatives and Labour are tied in the latest ComRes telephone poll for the Independent on Sunday and the Sunday Mirror.
Both are on 33% of the vote, having both fallen two points since the last ComRes telephone poll (for the Daily Mail on Wednesday). If [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 2 May 2015 at 7:28 pm

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