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Her Outdoors: A patch for Girl Outdoors, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: A patch for Girl Outdoors

My four-year-old daughter, Girl Outdoors, has a see-saw attitude to our allotment -a very up and down view of Plot 35a. Sometimes she loves it, wants to dig up potatoes that aren’t ready, can spend hours down there arranging her picnic chairs outside her playhouse and setting out tea and grass sandwiches as I work [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Thursday, 23 April 2015 at 10:00 am

Are foreign investors really losing confidence in UK debt?, Chunomics

Are foreign investors really losing confidence in UK debt?

For now at least, talk of an “exodus” from UK debt and a “Gilts strike” looks premature.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 22 April 2015 at 12:11 pm

Rahul Gandhi reappears with sound-bite speeches but little substance, The Foreign Desk

Rahul Gandhi reappears with sound-bite speeches but little substance

Back from a mysterious 56-day “sabbatical” abroad, Rahul Gandhi, the Congress Party’s reluctant leader, has seized on a political battle over India’s land legislation, and the financial plight of poor farmers, as subjects for re-establishing himself as a possibly credible politician.
He has made two major public appearances – at a public rally in Delhi on [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 21 April 2015 at 6:37 pm

Nordic Giants: A Séance of Dark Delusions, Arts

Nordic Giants: A Séance of Dark Delusions

One of the most imaginative and exciting acts to emerge from the underground in recent years, Nordic Giants, have released a steady stream of singles and EPs since 2010 but many have been awaiting the arrival of their debut full-length album with baited breath. Released through Kscope on 27th April, A Séance of Dark Delusions [...]

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 20 April 2015 at 11:00 am

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

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