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Narendra Modi wows the US and sweeps the streets – now for the hard part, The Foreign Desk

Narendra Modi wows the US and sweeps the streets – now for the hard part

Just back from a tumultuous five-day visit to the US, Narendra Modi yesterday launched his Swacch Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Movement) by sweeping up rubbish in Valmiki Basti, a Delhi neighbourhood where Mahatma Gandhi, once stayed. It was the father of the nation’s birth anniversary, and a public holiday at the beginning of the long festival weekend [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 4:49 pm

Children’s Book Blog – Ask the author: Leigh Bardugo, Arts

Children’s Book Blog – Ask the author: Leigh Bardugo

Following an outrageously indulgent two-month break, I am delighted to re-start the children’s book blog with this inspiring and candid interview with one of my favourite Young Adult authors, Leigh Bardugo.
Leigh is the author of the bestselling Grisha Trilogy – Shadow & Bone, Siege & Storm and Ruin & Rising – which reached its hotly-anticipated [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 3 October 2014 at 10:58 am

Tory tax ‘cuts’ may not offer much escape from higher-rate tax demands, The Money Blog

Tory tax ‘cuts’ may not offer much escape from higher-rate tax demands

Cameron’s electioneering tax giveaway announced at the Tory conference may not be as pleasing as it first appeared to taxpayers

By | The Money Blog | Thursday, 2 October 2014 at 11:53 am

My patience is wearing thin with the rogue lenders who still won’t play fair, The Money Blog

My patience is wearing thin with the rogue lenders who still won’t play fair

Payday lenders have been warned to get their act together by today, but few seem to have been listening to the Watchdog’s warnings

By | The Money Blog | Wednesday, 1 October 2014 at 12:06 pm

A tale of two cities: sex and sensibility, from Givenchy, Celine and Stella McCartney, Fashion

A tale of two cities: sex and sensibility, from Givenchy, Celine and Stella McCartney

When the models began to take their complex turns at the Givenchy show on Sunday night, whizzing around the venue as if ricocheting around a pinball machine (the hairpin bends, I must confess, made me feel a bit sick), the first thing I thought was: well. It’s been a while since we saw this.

This being sex. Or rather, sexy. or rather, a certain idea of sexiness. “I would be a very rich man if I could make sexy clothes,” said Gianni Versace in 1997, in one of his final interviews. Which, from the long-acknowledged Italian master of dressing to undress, speaks volumes. Namely it poses the question, what is sexy in clothing?

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 6:18 pm

Did the UK economy do well after all?, Chunomics

Did the UK economy do well after all?

Not when set in a domestic historical context. And our productivity performance has still been dreadful.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 30 September 2014 at 1:58 pm

We Are Scientists’ top 5 life hacks to Make It Easy, Arts

We Are Scientists’ top 5 life hacks to Make It Easy

Check out a video of the band performing Make It Easy as part of their Original Penguin Plugged In Series gig – and find out how they make their own lives less complicated.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 29 September 2014 at 4:54 pm

In Paris, joy and pain from Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons, Fashion

In Paris, joy and pain from Jean Paul Gaultier and Comme des Garçons

Two of the most satisfying shows of the current Paris season showed nothing anyone would ever want to wear. No great loss. And no insult, or injury.

That was the point, in fact, of both Rei Kawakubo’s Comme des Garçons collection and Jean Paul Gaultier’s final ready-to-wear show. Nevertheless, they could not have been more different: something old, versus something new. Looking forward, and looking back.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Sunday, 28 September 2014 at 11:25 am

ComRes poll: Farage as popular as Cameron, Eagle Eye

ComRes poll: Farage as popular as Cameron

Nigel Farage is viewed as favourably as David Cameron, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday and Sunday Mirror tomorrow. The poll also finds that Labour has stretched its lead over the Conservatives to six points, and that Ed Miliband’s favourability rating has improved slightly despite his forgetting passages about the deficit [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 27 September 2014 at 7:26 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror, which was taken in the three days following Ed Miliband’s conference speech. Our online poll last month had Labour two points ahead.
As well as asking how people intend to vote, we asked if they agreed or disagreed with the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 27 September 2014 at 11:30 am

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