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Barking Blondes: Washing the dog, Uncategorized

Barking Blondes: Washing the dog

A few years back, we starred in a Sky series “ A Different Breed”, which explored the lives of a chosen pack of dogs and their owners.
One of the episode’s centred around an automated dog wash in North London.
Situated in an out house, in the car park of The Spaniards Inn, it was an eccentric [...]

By | | Sunday, 30 November 2014 at 10:39 am

Club To Club Interviews (Part 1): Dave Saved, Music

Club To Club Interviews (Part 1): Dave Saved

A couple of weeks I visited the Club To Club festival in Turin, Italy. What separates the event from others in Italy is its focus on the more experimental, avant-garde side of electronica, giving support to many of Italy’s artists while also brining in international heavyweights. In the first of a series of interviews conducted [...]

By | Music | Sunday, 30 November 2014 at 10:35 am

Her Outdoors: In the frame, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: In the frame

It would be tempting, as autumn slips into winter, to do a tidy up of the plot, a bit of digging of beds, and then leave it until spring. In London, the last two weeks have changed Plot 35a significantly, again. In the first week of November, when I spent a week doing my autumn [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 29 November 2014 at 10:08 pm

Piggott’s post: Jacobson, Heller and reflections on “real life”

Yesterday morning, attempting to get the kids ready in time for the school bus, I briefly read a quote by my fellow Mancunian Howard Jacobson that made me pause, smile and vow never to stop writing: nor dreaming. The lovely, if bearded, Booker-winner was being interviewed about the equally brilliant Joseph “Catch-22″ Heller by Melvyn [...]

By | Arts | Thursday, 27 November 2014 at 3:41 pm

A bothersome GDP breakdown, Chunomics

A bothersome GDP breakdown

None of this proves that the UK recovery is unsustainable. But there is nonetheless enough in these latest statistical breakdowns for policymakers to remain cautious.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at 5:50 pm

British politics is heading back to 1974, Eagle Eye

British politics is heading back to 1974

Suppose for a moment that you faced an upcoming General Election in which the governing Conservatives were pretty unpopular, having presided over a Parliament of economic crisis, domestic confrontation and ideological polarisation.
But presume also that, during that contest, the Government was faced with a relatively unpopular Labour Party tainted by its past handling of economic [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at 4:07 pm

The unpopularity of American power, Eagle Eye

The unpopularity of American power

I have a review of James Cronin’s new book, Global Rules, at Independent Voices. It is a high-quality history of the special relationship between America and Britain since the Second World War. It charts how the two countries shaped the rules of international trade and relations, and how this system survived the end of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at 3:35 pm

Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise, Arts

Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise

Ric Blackshaw runs the Scrawl Collective, an agency that hires out the services of a group of street artists to big brands and anyone who wants only the finest in professional art from the streets.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 25 November 2014 at 11:01 pm

Barking Blondes: What breed of dog makes the best pet?, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: What breed of dog makes the best pet?

A question for all you dog owners out there.. “What made you choose one breed over another?
Everyone has a ‘preferred’ view on what’s the  perfect or ‘Top Dog’. Some decisions might be based on ‘personality’ , looks and fashion rather than more fundamental points like intelligence, health and lifespan.
Often its based on history “My family [...]

By | The Dog Blog | Sunday, 23 November 2014 at 7:51 pm

DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’, Music

DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’

Garage Nation’s Boiler Room special a few months ago totally blew my mind. I fell asleep streaming it, and when I woke up it was still going. Straight away I was on Twitter, saying how impressed I was that they’d been on for eight hours straight and everyone in the club was still looking fresh [...]

By | Music | Sunday, 23 November 2014 at 7:50 pm

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