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Her Outdoors: A line drawn in the soil, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: A line drawn in the soil

It is easy to lose yourself in your own plot. With your nose to the soil, trowel in hand, sowing a line of broad beans, or staring at your compost heap wondering if it needs more green or brown waste, it can be a very insular experience.
But allotments are also about community: sharing tips about [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 2 November 2014 at 11:22 am

Barking Blondes: Moody Mutts, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Moody Mutts

If it’s possible for us to have got out of bed the wrong side in the morning can the same be said of our dogs?
Do they have moods that swing from elation to despair and back up again? For no apparent reason.?
Is the mystifying reason for your dog uncharacteristically snapping at a stranger simply because [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Friday, 31 October 2014 at 5:32 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Roasted Cauliflower, Caraway and Crispy Sprout Soup, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Roasted Cauliflower, Caraway and Crispy Sprout Soup

It’s that time of year when a hearty seasonal soup can be the most comforting of meals. Roasted cauliflower is a treat by itself so teamed with caraway and sprouts it can’t help but be a winning formula. Definitely one to try this winter. A heavily buttered toasted loaf on the side is a great [...]

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 31 October 2014 at 5:18 pm

Narendra Modi merges myth and reality to say plastic surgery fixed Ganesh’s elephant head, Battle of Ideas

Narendra Modi merges myth and reality to say plastic surgery fixed Ganesh’s elephant head

India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, has caused some consternation and controversy by saying to an audience of doctors and scientists last weekend that plastic surgery and genetic science existed and were in use thousands of years ago in ancient India. That, he said at the dedication of a hospital in Mumbai on October 25, was [...]

By | Battle of Ideas, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 4:20 pm

Introducing Axes: Exclusive Album Stream, Arts

Introducing Axes: Exclusive Album Stream

The four members of Axes have been brought together from the far flung corners of Denmark, Iran, Scotland and Essex, to form an almighty amalgamation of schizophrenic punk energy and math rock riffing. After the release of their self-titled debut mini album in 2013, the quartet are back with Glory released through Big Scary Monsters [...]

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 11:05 am

Interview with Boy Better Know’s Grime MC Solo 45, Music

Interview with Boy Better Know’s Grime MC Solo 45

Grime MC Solo 45 is currently deep in preparation for his appearance alongside his crew Boy Better Know at this week’s Red Bull Culture Clash. The grime collective will be defending the title, which they won at last year’s event. They’ve got their work cut out with competition from Jamaica’s legendary Stone Love, the A$AP [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 30 October 2014 at 9:55 am

The Xcerts Exclusive Album Stream and Interview: “We definitely feel like it’s our time. We want to step out of the shadow of other bands.”, Arts

The Xcerts Exclusive Album Stream and Interview: “We definitely feel like it’s our time. We want to step out of the shadow of other bands.”

With the release of their third album, There Is Only You, The Xcerts have managed to marry raw emotional lyrics to some of the catchiest choruses of 2014. Available for streaming below, exclusively for The Independent, the album represents a turning point for the band and is quite possibly their strongest release to date. Remfry Dedman sat down with the three-piece to discuss contradictions, heart-break and career-defining records.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 27 October 2014 at 11:08 am

Her Outdoors: Herb Outdoors special 1. Lemon Verbena, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Herb Outdoors special 1. Lemon Verbena

I have an ongoing dilemma about where to keep my herbs growing. Ok, this isn’t the biggest of dilemmas, but as gardening is always about trying to overcome nature, it is always good to have a debate with yourself. The best place for herbs, really, is close to your back door (or front door, in [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Sunday, 26 October 2014 at 9:38 am

Barking Blondes:Dogs in Politics, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes:Dogs in Politics

We are all familiar with the image of a campaigning, grinning, politican holding a baby but is the act of humanity quite so strong if the same MP is clutching a dog?
With a general election on the horizon we wonder if a dog owners vote can be swayed by a strategically placed mutt?
The two of [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 26 October 2014 at 6:00 am

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – final race report, Notebook

The Road to the North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc – final race report

The volunteer was insistent. “Hurry, hurry! NO! Don’t sit down! You can’t stop! Keep moving!” I was at the penultimate checkpoint on the UTMB – some 43 hours into the one of the world’s ultimate ultra-marathons and the biggest challenge of my running life. Here I was at La Tete aux Vents, high up in [...]

By | Notebook | Friday, 24 October 2014 at 12:56 pm

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