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2015 marks the 15th anniversary of Anthony Horowitz’s bestselling Alex Rider series, which have sold over 16 million copies in English and are widely credited with redefining the spy genre. There are many special events and activities planned to celebrate the anniversary, including all ten Alex Rider novels being published in new editions on April 2nd and a special competition in partnership with Blue Peter and MI5 to find three CBBC Intelligence Officers. Young fans can also get involved from the comfort of their desks when a special free Authors Live event with Anthony is streamed live into UK schools on April 23rd. The man himself took some time out from all the celebrations to tell us why he goes to such extreme lengths to research his books, and what he would do if he wasn’t an author..
Narendra Modi has taken India’s defence industry by surprise with a totally unexpected decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jet aircraft, probably costing around $4.5bn, from Dassault Aviation in a deal that is being negotiated directly between the Indian and French governments.
Modi is on an official visit to France. He said after holding talks with [...]
A few months ago I received some music that was attributed to a shadowy character named T.B. Arthur. Apparently the music, which was raw, acidic, techno with an odd almost unorthodox feel to it, had been lying around for years without a release (thought there is some scepticism around this story). Reissued via Hard Wax in Berlin, the tracks had allegedly been held on to by a friend of TB’s and is finally seeing the light of day almost two decades after it was made. I tracked down the friend of TB and spoke to him about TB, the music and old time Chicago…
This is a simple and easy way to freshen up a hearty stew. Here I’ve done away with the side salad and served the stew with the salad on top. The earthiness of the bean stew goes perfectly with the crispness of ribbons of courgette and hot, peppery chilli plus it saves on the washing up! This filling dish is perfect for a cold Spring lunchtime and is packed full of protein and iron.
The terrible pun in the headline refers to the queues of everything – packets of seeds waiting to be sown, seedlings in the propagator needing to be pricked out, and larger plants waiting to be hardened off outside. But first, the peas. I’ve had mixed fortunes with growing these tiny bursts of spring sweetness. One [...]
The Easter weekend saw the start of one of the high points in the ultra-marathon calendar – the sand- and sun-blasted Marathon des Sables that involves a six-day challenge across 251km of Moroccan desert. I did it myself in 2011 – the most expensive self-catering beach holiday I have ever been on, as I may [...]
Allowing me the freedom to take my pension as a lump sum on retirement will, likely as not, mean that I neglect my very old self in favour of my newly retired self.
It is difficult, as the general election is now full flow, to keep on top of the allotment and this blog. But I will do it, because April is the most intense month of the year and if I leave it to its own devices all my hard work would be wasted. The weeds would [...]
After a four year hiatus, Bloc. Weekend returned to Butlins Minehead… and about time, too.
Adrian Sherwood and Pinch represent a merger between two distinct generations of UK music, their partnership is one that excited me the moment I heard about it. Their album, Late Night Endless, is a superb collection of work inspired by their undying love for dub music and dub plate culture, both of which are close to my heart, having grown up on reggae and, later, drum n bass – two forms of music which are intrinsically linked through bass, dub plates and dub itself. I was fortunate enough to be invited to spend some time with the two men ahead of their gig alongside Squarepusher at the Barbican recently. Here’s the result of our chat…
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