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Her Outdoors: Where there is despair, let there be blueberries, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: Where there is despair, let there be blueberries

My Dad, who is also an allotmenteer, said to me the other week: “The thing is about plants, they want to live.” I had been staring downcast at my asparagus beds, in their first season, where nothing was growing. It was the end of May, a time when asparagus – even in the first season [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 7:34 pm

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated, Eagle Eye

That David Miliband “What If?” Updated

Provoked by Mike Smithson and his commenter Edmund in Tokyo, I return to the subject of what would have happened had David Miliband won the Labour leadership in 2010. I have said before that the party would have been in a worse position, because the naive left would have reacted badly to being led by [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 6:31 pm

Barking Blondes: Lost dogs, The Dog Blog

Barking Blondes: Lost dogs

the thought of loosing a dog is one that terrifies all dog owners – what what happens when a fear becomes a reality?

By | The Dog Blog | Saturday, 21 June 2014 at 8:00 am

The (pre-)spring in JW Anderson’s leap to Loewe, Fashion

The (pre-)spring in JW Anderson’s leap to Loewe

JW Anderson’s pre-collections always bear further examination. That’s because he puts so much into them, these interim collections that have often been confined to pure commerce but which have recently expanded into fully-fledged designer statements. he puts a lot in, and reaps the rewards.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 11:19 pm

Chris Galvin’s Pissaladiere with anchovies and provencale olives, Dish of the Day

Chris Galvin’s Pissaladiere with anchovies and provencale olives

Michelin-starred chef Chris Galvin’s shares the final of three exclusive French recipes for the Independent with his Pissaladiere with anchovies and provencale olives

By | Dish of the Day | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 2:00 pm

The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Tomatoes, Goats Cheese and Herb Salad, Uncategorized

The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Tomatoes, Goats Cheese and Herb Salad

Recipes don’t get simpler than this one so as soon as the sun comes out and you feel like pretending you’re somewhere Mediterranean get cooking this. It’s perfect just as it is or as an accompaniment to a large serving of pasta.

By | | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 12:45 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Penguin Random House Design Award 2014 (What a Carve Up, by Jonathan Coe, and The Outsiders, By S.E. Hinton), Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Penguin Random House Design Award 2014 (What a Carve Up, by Jonathan Coe, and The Outsiders, By S.E. Hinton)

This is the second year I’ve covered the Penguin Design Awards (now, of course, the Penguin Random House Design Awards), in which design students are asked to come up with covers for one adult and/or one children’s book in the Penguin and Puffin ranges – in this case Jonathan Coe’s 1980s social satire, and SE [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 11:57 am

An Illuminating chat with Pretty Lights in Ibiza, Arts

An Illuminating chat with Pretty Lights in Ibiza

Pretty Lights talks to Marcus Barnes about travelling with a modular synth, experimenting with his music and hinted about a brand new project

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 20 June 2014 at 7:00 am

Iraq, in 560 characters, Eagle Eye

Iraq, in 560 characters

For all the people on Twitter, including George Monbiot, Mehdi Hasan and their followers, who bombard me with what they think are embarrassing questions about Iraq:
1. No, I do not accept that the decision to take military action against Saddam Hussein was a mistake, because no one can know what would have happened had the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 1:04 pm

Kate Simko at the National Gallery, Arts

Kate Simko at the National Gallery

Marcus Barnes listens to a different kind of beat as he travels to the National Gallery to hear classical muscian Kate Simko’s latest performance

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 19 June 2014 at 10:00 am

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