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Another straw breaks over Scotland, Eagle Eye

Another straw breaks over Scotland

After the YouGov and Panelbase opinion polls on Sunday, there were still straws at which those who want to keep the union could clutch. We could not say it was “just one poll”, but we could say that it was “just one polling company”, namely YouGov, that had showed support for a Yes vote surging.
That [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 9 September 2014 at 12:01 am

Victoria Beckham and Altuzarra: elation, deflation and schadenfreude in New York, Fashion

Victoria Beckham and Altuzarra: elation, deflation and schadenfreude in New York

I often wonder what people really want from Victoria Beckham’s label. In fact, that’s rubbish. I know exactly what they want. Shall we be blunt? They want her to fall spectacularly, sensationally flat on her face. They’ve been wanting her to do it since day one, because Beckham has it all and the fashion world loves a bit of schadenfreude.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 7 September 2014 at 7:29 pm

EUROSTAR CONTINUE TO SAY “NO” TO PETS, The Dog Blog

EUROSTAR CONTINUE TO SAY “NO” TO PETS

Today ( Sunday) a group of peaceful pet enthusiasts, calling themselves “Get Pets To Paris”, will be meeting outside St Pancras station as part of a campaign to encourage Eurostar to become more dog friendly.
Despite ferries, airlines, and Eurotunnel being open for dogs, Eurostar is yet to optimise the burgeoning ‘hound-pound’ market.
Considering that 27% [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 7 September 2014 at 8:00 am

Pugh, Wu, Gurung and Alexander Wang: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff at New York Fashion Week, Fashion

Pugh, Wu, Gurung and Alexander Wang: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff at New York Fashion Week

New York Fashion Week is a nice way to start the season, for very cynical reasons. There are lots of shows, and few new ideas. You get plenty of reflections of the season just passed – especially at the very start of a “week” where, in all honesty, we could be done, packed, and back across the Atlantic in four days if we shunted most of the chaff off the schedule.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 7 September 2014 at 4:04 am

The Scottish independence gender gap in full, Eagle Eye

The Scottish independence gender gap in full

While we wait for YouGov’s next Scottish referendum poll for The Sunday Times tonight, here is my pull-together of data on the gender gap.
We wrote about it in The Independent on Sunday a year ago, when the gender gap in the three most recent polls (YouGov, Angus Reid and TNS) averaged 12 percentage points.
This means that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 6 September 2014 at 1:52 pm

Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy, Arts

Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy

It hasn’t taken much to lift the gloom of Delhi’s elite. Three good months of economic growth plus a booming stock market were capped last night when India’s modern art market came alive with sales totalling Rs38.27 crore ($6.38m – £3.8m) at an auction mounted by Saffronart of Mumbai.
Only four of ninety works on offer [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 2:37 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Collector’s Edition, by Stuart Tolley, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Collector’s Edition, by Stuart Tolley

Here’s a book that earns its place in the Book Design Blog not so much for its own formal design (though that is clear and pleasing enough) but for its contents: it’s a book by Stuart Tolley celebrating the ‘innovative packing and graphics’ of the best of recent collector’s editions – not just of books, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 1:20 pm

Interview with Maybeshewill: “We’re not relying on guitars as much as we used to”, Arts

Interview with Maybeshewill: “We’re not relying on guitars as much as we used to”

Leicester based post rock five-piece Maybeshewill have been making glorious majestic cinematic music, whilst keeping their modus operandi as DIY as possible, since 2005. Now, with the release of their fourth album, Fair Youth, they’re taking their first tentative steps into the mainstream. Remfry Dedman sat down with guitarist John Helps and drummer James Collins [...]

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 10:41 am

How has the picture of the UK economy changed?, Chunomics

How has the picture of the UK economy changed?

The Conservatives will claims this upgrade as a vindication of their economic strategy. Critics will point out that growth would have been still higher without George Osborne’ front-loaded fiscal austerity. No change there then.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 3 September 2014 at 1:37 pm

Her Outdoors: Hello Autumn, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Hello Autumn

After the stunning kitchen garden at my Aunty Liz and Uncle Tom’s Baltic-side bolthole in Finland last week, back to a bump in Blighty and the overgrown paths at Plot 35a. Actually, I only left the plot for a week, not two as I usually do for a summer holiday, and popped up there before [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Tuesday, 2 September 2014 at 11:01 pm

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