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Good Indian sales at Sotheby’s London but contemporaries’ slump worsens, Arts

Good Indian sales at Sotheby’s London but contemporaries’ slump worsens

Two trends emerged from Sotheby’s auction of contemporary and modern India art in London on October 7, which achieved sales totalling £4.7m ($7.6m). The top lot was Tyeb Mehta’s notable Blue Painting with a bid of £930,000 (£1.12m including buyers’ premium), which was 50% above the lowest estimate.
The first trend is that, in the current [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 6:52 pm

VerseChorusVerse Interview: “Folk and punk music are very much entwined”, Music

VerseChorusVerse Interview: “Folk and punk music are very much entwined”

Tony Wright AKA VerseChorusVerse used to make a hell of a din in jubilant Irish Instrumental Noise-mongers And So I Watch You From Afar. The band made great progress, gaining a rabid fan base and becoming one of the most successful off-kilter musical Irish exports of recent years. But in August 2011, Tony made the [...]

By | Music | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 5:06 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Garlic Fried Samphire, Courgette & Chilli Lumaconi, Dish of the Day

The Reluctant Vegetarian: Garlic Fried Samphire, Courgette & Chilli Lumaconi

Garlic Fried Samphire, Courgette & Chilli Lumaconi
Preparation Time: 10-15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20-25 minutes
Feeds: 4-6
Ingredients
500g Lumaconi Pasta
Sprinkle of Salt Flakes
2 Generous glugs of good quality Olive Oil
4-5 Large cloves of Garlic – Crushed and finely chopped
1 Red Chilli – Finely sliced
2 Courgettes – Finely chopped or put through a ‘Spiralizer’
Large handful of Samphire
3 Slices of stale [...]

By | Dish of the Day | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 4:50 pm

Ryoichi Kurokawa: “Digital art is already classical”, Arts

Ryoichi Kurokawa: “Digital art is already classical”

Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa explains why he believes digital art is already classical, and why his future work will be lacking the audiovisual aspect that he is known for.

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 9 October 2014 at 4:44 pm

Ed Balls on mansion tax

Here is a full transcript of the Shadow Chancellor, one of our most interesting politicians, interviewed by Dermot Murnaghan on Sky News this morning.
DM: Why do you think you’ve lost your poll lead? Anything to do with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 5 October 2014 at 4:33 pm

Her Outdoors: Harvest, interrupted, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Harvest, interrupted

A little delay in publishing this, as it’s been party conference season. So, while my allotment is full of harvest, I’ve been travelling to Manchester, Birmingham and, this coming week, Glasgow to sit inside hotels and conference halls with politicians instead of picking grapes and the last of the runner beans and raking leaves. I [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 4 October 2014 at 7:43 pm

Barking Blondes: Pet Nups

Relationship break ups are never pleasant and along with who gets what in the vinyl collection, for pet owners, there is also the dilemma of  “Who get’s the dog?”
As with children, the dog could be traumatised by the fragmentation of the family circle. Although the decision over the car, or the sofa is often acrimonious [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Saturday, 4 October 2014 at 1:53 pm

Via the World: From boat to bike – miles and miles of pretty miles

Indy blogger Sarah Outen is on a global trek by land and sea from London2London:Via the World. She set off from London’s Tower Bridge in 2011 and has since rowed, cycled and kayaked over 17,000 miles across Europe, Asia, the Pacific Ocean and North America en route to London. Here she gives us the latest update from the bike in Canada as winter draws near.

By | Notebook | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 6:15 pm

Introducing: This Be The Verse – “For me albums are so important, I passionately believe that the album is not dead.”, Music

Introducing: This Be The Verse – “For me albums are so important, I passionately believe that the album is not dead.”

This Be The Verse have unleashed a powerful and dynamic release in the form of their debut EP, Consequences. Over just three songs and a little over 12 and ½ minutes, the band manage to traverse a wide distinct style of sounds, whilst retaining a sense of their own identity. The EP makes it’s intentions [...]

By | Music | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 5:19 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Faber Modern Classics (and other classics), Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Faber Modern Classics (and other classics)

The book covers that have been flying around the internet this week have been those of Faber’s new list of ‘Modern Classics’, which will hit the shelves next April. Before then, of course, we have Picador’s own ‘Classics’ list, arriving in January, while we also have recently had a smaller Classics list from Serpent’s Tail [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 4:59 pm

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