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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

From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material, Music

From the vaults: The lowdown on T.B. Arthur’s raw material

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…

By | Music | Friday, 10 April 2015 at 5:12 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Spicy Bean Stew with Courgette and Watercress Salad, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Spicy Bean Stew with Courgette and Watercress Salad

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.

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 9 April 2015 at 1:27 pm

Her Outdoors: Peas and queues, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Peas and queues

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 [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 8:38 pm

Marathon des Sables – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Notebook

Marathon des Sables – Sir Ranulph Fiennes

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 [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 11:51 am

Sorry – financial freedom for pensioners is a bad idea, Chunomics

Sorry – financial freedom for pensioners is a bad idea

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.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 11:29 am

Her Outdoors: The first kiss of April is mine, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: The first kiss of April is mine

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 [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 4 April 2015 at 6:59 pm

Minehead revisited: The return of Bloc. Weekend, Music

Minehead revisited: The return of Bloc. Weekend

After a four year hiatus, Bloc. Weekend returned to Butlins Minehead… and about time, too.

By | Music | Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 5:26 pm

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