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Her Outdoors: Are brassicas just a waste of space?, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Are brassicas just a waste of space?

My Dad, a veteran of 30 years allotmenteering and who tends three plots in Liverpool, came to 35a the other day for a critical midwinter assessment. We stared at the patch where purple sprouting broccoli is supposed to be cropping in the next few weeks, and where there are a couple of very small cauliflower [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 9:10 pm

Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?, Arts

Crowds and sales at Delhi’s art fair but can it stay international?

Delhi’s annual International Art Fair last weekend provided a classic example of how India produces order out of chaos, but does not quite meet its potential. Some 80,000 people arrived at the fair in the south of the city by car on chaotically crowded and sometimes gridlocked highways, or squashed into unbelievably crowded metro trains [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 4 February 2015 at 8:18 pm

Her Outdoors: You say potato, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: You say potato

As we’re having a proper winter this year (it actually snowed a little in London this morning – though it didn’t stick), the indoor gardening campaign continues – and the list of things to do in January is long. And as it’s February tomorrow, on my allotment there will soon be crocuses and, hopefully, some [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 31 January 2015 at 7:54 pm

The Barking Blondes:Vet fees and a tribute, The Dog Blog

The Barking Blondes:Vet fees and a tribute

What price do you put on your pet’s health?
This is often a decision pet owner’s are forced to confront before making a trip to the vet.
We know that vets have their overheads to factor into pricing and, in most cases, you’re buying into years of knowledge and experience . However, for every visit, whether [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 5:08 pm

Point G: A Chat With Paris’ Finest, Music

Point G: A Chat With Paris’ Finest

Point G is one of my favourite artists from Paris (and I have a real soft spot for Parisian artists). He’s been around for a long while, finding fame through his DJ Gregory alias in the nineties, before adopting the Point G moniker, through which he pushes a more stripped down, raw sound. Up until a few years ago the Point G name had disappeared off the radar, but Gregory brought the alias back in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. This week sees the release of his extended EP, Point G #6 – an eight-track compilation of fresh new music. In light of the release I had a chat with him recently…

By | Music | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 5:03 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Here, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Here

If book design is partly (though surely first of all) about making a book stand out in a bookshop then this Hamish Hamilton edition of Richard McGuire’s Here did the job. The matt illustrated cover of a sash window, with its intrinsic sense of mystery, its invitation to look inside, and its bold diagonal is [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 3:44 pm

Making love and wrapping up – the end of haute couture, at Gaultier, Viktor and Rolf, Valentino and Armani, Fashion

Making love and wrapping up – the end of haute couture, at Gaultier, Viktor and Rolf, Valentino and Armani

The couture is over. Long live the couture. Or something. Do we really think couture is going to live forever? Yes, probably. There is enough financial muscle, enough press still clapping (I hope not sporadically), and enough clients to spuriously justify that there are women who demand dresses entirely made out of pieces of ribbon or microscopic feather flowers. And the clothes, at their best, are extraordinary.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 30 January 2015 at 1:25 pm

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ, Music

Bill Patrick: The Trials & Tribulations Of The Working Class DJ

Bill Patrick is a rare breed within house and techno, he’s a DJ who manages to maintain a consistent career purely by playing records and not having to rely on record sales/the music making treadmill. This is quite a feat, as the industry is almost entirely geared around DJs having to make music in order to remain present in the public consciousness and to keep on gigging. Only very few avoid this, and Bill is one of them. Renowned for being outspoken, Bill’s a rather controversial character at times, but highly entertaining and refreshingly honest. So he made for a perfect interview subject…

By | Music | Thursday, 29 January 2015 at 5:16 pm

Labour Party Leadership Election 2010, Eagle Eye

Labour Party Leadership Election 2010

I keep having to look up the results of the Labour leadership election in order to remind colleagues that most Labour MPs and most Labour Party members are Blairites, in that they voted for David Miliband rather than for his brother.
The figures are all on the Labour Party website, but not in a form that [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 28 January 2015 at 5:27 pm

Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry, Music

Vh1 Supersonic: A Shining Example of India’s Growing Dance Music Industry

In August 2013 I wrote a piece for DJ Broadcast on the electronic music scene in India, which has been growing in stature over the last few years. At the time, the industry was what might be described as burgeoning – definitely full of promise though held back by conservative laws and regulations imposed by state governments. Since that article was published, India’s scene has continued to grow and evolve and I was fortunate to witness a small example of this progression when I visited the Vh1 Supersonic Festival in Goa a few weeks ago. The event took place across four days on a beach in Candolim, north Goa, just after Christmas and boasted an impressive selection of artists from around the world as well as some of India’s finest. While I was in Goa, I had the chance to speak with the men behind the festival Jaideep Singh and Nikhil Chinapa, as well as experiencing the full breadth of what the event had to offer… Here’s my report.

By | Music | Tuesday, 27 January 2015 at 5:14 pm

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