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Majorca 312 Cycle Sportive – a must for any distance cyclist

As far as bike crashes go, it was pretty minor but it still shook me up. As I lay on the pavement along the main drag in Palma I realised I was lucky to be relatively unscathed and not to have wiped out any fellow riders taking part in what was a truly spectacular cyclesportive [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 27 April 2015 at 4:20 pm

Nepal’s disaster has been building for centuries – with effects worsened by modern apathy, The Foreign Desk

Nepal’s disaster has been building for centuries – with effects worsened by modern apathy

Nepal’s devastating earthquake, with over 4,300 people dead was, as has been widely commented over the weekend, a disaster waiting to happen. This small and impoverished country of 28m people lies in a prime earthquake zone – international experts were in Kathmandu just over a week ago predicting an imminent disaster.
And it happened in and [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 27 April 2015 at 2:14 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Cheats Risotto with Beetroot Crisps, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Cheats Risotto with Beetroot Crisps

A risotto traditionally takes a lot of love and care and a fair bit of attention but fear not, this offers a great alternative option which is low on demands and handiwork. You can simply roast your veg and cook the rice then combine and taste the results. Fresh herbs give this dish extra fresh flavours and the beetroots chips offer a variation of textures. This has to be an all time simple favourite. Keep your veg seasonal, fresh and ripe and you won’t go wrong.

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 23 April 2015 at 1:34 pm

Her Outdoors: A patch for Girl Outdoors, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: A patch for Girl Outdoors

My four-year-old daughter, Girl Outdoors, has a see-saw attitude to our allotment -a very up and down view of Plot 35a. Sometimes she loves it, wants to dig up potatoes that aren’t ready, can spend hours down there arranging her picnic chairs outside her playhouse and setting out tea and grass sandwiches as I work [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 23 April 2015 at 10:00 am

Are foreign investors really losing confidence in UK debt?, Chunomics

Are foreign investors really losing confidence in UK debt?

For now at least, talk of an “exodus” from UK debt and a “Gilts strike” looks premature.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 22 April 2015 at 12:11 pm

Rahul Gandhi reappears with sound-bite speeches but little substance, The Foreign Desk

Rahul Gandhi reappears with sound-bite speeches but little substance

Back from a mysterious 56-day “sabbatical” abroad, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party’s reluctant leader, has seized on a political battle over India’s land legislation, and the financial plight of poor farmers, as subjects for re-establishing himself as a possibly credible politician.
He has made two major public appearances – at a public rally in Delhi on [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 21 April 2015 at 6:37 pm

Nordic Giants: A Séance of Dark Delusions – Exclusive Album Stream, Arts

Nordic Giants: A Séance of Dark Delusions – Exclusive Album Stream

One of the most imaginative and exciting acts to emerge from the underground in recent years, Nordic Giants, have released a steady stream of singles and EPs since 2010 but many have been awaiting the arrival of their debut full-length album with baited breath. Released through Kscope on 27th April, A Séance of Dark Delusions [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 20 April 2015 at 11:00 am

Barking Blondes: Doggy Day Care, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Doggy Day Care

The latest research by the RSPCA reveals that a staggering 85% of Britain’s dogs are suffering from being left alone. The charity is now campaigning to make owners aware of the natural ‘pack’ instincts in their dog.

By | The Dog Blog | Friday, 17 April 2015 at 4:54 pm

Scottish Book Trust: An interview with Anthony Horowitz, Arts

Scottish Book Trust: An interview with Anthony Horowitz

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..

By | Arts | Monday, 13 April 2015 at 5:08 pm

Modi asks Hollande for French jets “quickly” to boost depleted Indian Air Force, The Foreign Desk

Modi asks Hollande for French jets “quickly” to boost depleted Indian Air Force

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 [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 10 April 2015 at 8:08 pm

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