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Friday Book Design Blog: Old Friends, by Clive Bell, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Old Friends, by Clive Bell

The first thing to note about this book – picked up in a charity shop for 95p – is what good condition it is in, ripped dust jacket aside (worse on the back than on the front – and ignore the dark vertical stripe: dodgy scan), for one printed in 1956. The paper hardly faded, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 26 September 2014 at 12:08 pm

Yvette Cooper’s speech to Labour conference 2014, Eagle Eye

Yvette Cooper’s speech to Labour conference 2014

I couldn’t find the text of Yvette Cooper’s speech to Labour conference yesterday online anywhere. It was a good and possibly important speech, so here it is:
Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, in a speech to Labour’s Annual Conference 2014 in Manchester, said:
You have seen Leyla’s incredible strength. Her fight for her daughter and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 25 September 2014 at 5:38 pm

What’s really happened to NHS spending under the Coalition?, Chunomics

What’s really happened to NHS spending under the Coalition?

If Jeremy Hunt had used the day-to-day measure of spending his political point about Labour’s plans would have been blunted.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Thursday, 25 September 2014 at 12:56 pm

Car insurance will become cheaper, but there are still problems with the cost of cover, The Money Blog

Car insurance will become cheaper, but there are still problems with the cost of cover

The Competition watchdog’s report brings good news for motorists, but leaves the insurance industry unhappy

By | The Money Blog | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 at 12:32 pm

The Great £72billion Savings Robbery: Nicola Horlick guest blog, The Money Blog

The Great £72billion Savings Robbery: Nicola Horlick guest blog

Savers will lose more than £72 billion in potential investment income over the next year by leaving their cash in deposit accounts

By | The Money Blog | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 at 11:51 am

Amplifier Interview: ‘We’re playing to all the empowering elements of rock music and playing those cards shamelessly!’, Music

Amplifier Interview: ‘We’re playing to all the empowering elements of rock music and playing those cards shamelessly!’

Amplifer are a band at the apex between punk and prog, a band for the heart as well as the mind. Their new album, Mystoria, is a summer record, with more concise and direct approach than the music the band are generally known for. Remfry Dedman spoke to frontman Sel Balamir, about simplicity, DIY ethics, [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 at 8:00 am

An afterthought, in the aftermath of London, for Meadham Kirchhoff’s Summer of Hate, Fashion

An afterthought, in the aftermath of London, for Meadham Kirchhoff’s Summer of Hate

Two of the designers I find myself thinking about the most are Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. Their show last Tuesday ended London Fashion Week, for me at least, and heading into Milan, seated in plush showrooms and watching so much money and so many tired ideas swan by so pointlessly, it was something that niggled at the back of my mind.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Monday, 22 September 2014 at 4:40 pm

Barking Blondes: ACCESS ALL AREAS FOR DOGS!!!!, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: ACCESS ALL AREAS FOR DOGS!!!!

Busy old week this week. The new season of ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh show has kicked off and we are lucky enough to be joining it as Pet Experts for a third season.
Monday found the two of us, with our seasoned performers Molly and Matilda, strutting our stuff through the corridors of ITV studios. The girls [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 21 September 2014 at 2:23 pm

Designer doppelgängers, and the wonder of weariness: Versace, Emilio Pucci and Bottega Veneta in Milan., Fashion

Designer doppelgängers, and the wonder of weariness: Versace, Emilio Pucci and Bottega Veneta in Milan.

Designer identity is a big thing in Milan. Here, they’re practically rock stars, their lives and collections dissected with fervid, sometimes morbid curiosity. Earlier this month, the Corriere della Sera newspaper published a letter from Stefano Gabbana to Domenico Dolce professing his love.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 21 September 2014 at 1:05 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

I’ve been sunk a bit deep in Elena Ferrante over the summer, reading the third volume in her ‘Neapolitan novels’ for review in this newspaper, and then taking part in a discussion with other critics at Foxed Books last week to mark the book’s publication – in preparation for which I read the two of [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 19 September 2014 at 11:47 am

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