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Can India rise to the challenge of celebrating M.F.Husain’s legacy?, Arts

Can India rise to the challenge of celebrating M.F.Husain’s legacy?

While India’s politicians squabbled about the perceived rights and wrongs of M.F.Husain’s virtual exile from India, the country’s most famous and prolific artist was quietly buried in the UK on Friday, and then remembered yesterday at a London teatime memorial meeting – both events attended by relatives, friends and admirers of his work.
Namaz-e-Janaza (prayers) took [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 6:52 pm

Nationwide British arts festival set for Brazil, Arts

Nationwide British arts festival set for Brazil

A six-month nationwide series of events celebrating British culture is planned for Brazil from September 2012, according to a source at the Brazilian embassy in London.
The events are set to be curated by South Bank Centre chief Jude Kelly, and will include the cooperation of major British institutions including the British Museum, according to the [...]

By | Arts | Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 3:12 pm

Labour tries to be interesting, Eagle Eye

Labour tries to be interesting

Alastair Campbell last week described Labour as the “third most interesting party”. Well, there is one way that Labour people know to fix that problem, and that is to launch a coruscating civil war.
We have had the leak of the Ed Balls files (my column in The Independent on Sunday is a defence of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 3:10 pm

“A crisis of finance capitalism”, Eagle Eye

“A crisis of finance capitalism”

In the new paperback version of his memoirs, Tony Blair apparently scoffs at the idea that the 2008 meltdown – and subsequent public finance emergency – was a crisis of the market. Well, Vince Cable’s not scoffing at the idea: he’s embracing it.

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 1:56 pm

Are boring films good for the soul?, Eagle Eye

Are boring films good for the soul?

At last, a Question to Which the Answer is No to which I can bring the authority of personal experience. As someone who has walked out of a Tarkovsky film, I can confidently say that this question, asked by Vanessa Thorpe in The Observer today, is number 630 in my series.
The Observer also provides number [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Sunday, 12 June 2011 at 10:26 am

“Jilted”? Do They Mean Us?, Eagle Eye

“Jilted”? Do They Mean Us?

The young are less likely than older people to agree with Labour’s criticism of the Government for abandoning them. Ed Miliband borrowed the phrase “jilted generation” (right) the other day, but young people themselves are (slightly) less likely to think of themselves that way.
In a special ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday and [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 11 June 2011 at 10:30 pm

The Crash of 2008: No Left Turn, Eagle Eye

The Crash of 2008: No Left Turn

Extracts from the 31-page introduction to the paperback edition of Tony Blair’s A Journey are available on the book’s website. This bit, which is not on the website, is interesting, as it follows Blair’s warning to the left in the hardback original against taking the wrong lesson from the financial crisis:
In 2008, it was commonly [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 11 June 2011 at 3:43 pm

Ken to Ed’s rescue, Eagle Eye

Ken to Ed’s rescue

Only one problem with the Dan Hodges deadline for Ed Miliband’s leadership, as laid down on Newsnight last night. Hodges said that the May local and London elections next year might be the occasion for the Labour Party to decide that it was not going to work. Michael Crick immediately saw the flaw: “So it’s [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 11 June 2011 at 11:27 am

European Under-21 Championship preview, Sport

European Under-21 Championship preview

The 2011 Uefa European Under-21 Championship in Denmark gets underway this weekend with eight teams hoping to be crowned champions of Europe.

By | Sport | Friday, 10 June 2011 at 6:27 pm

Project Volga, Eagle Eye

Project Volga

John Rentoul’s a bit “meh” about the Telegraph revelations on the Brownite coup, and I can see why.

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 10 June 2011 at 5:20 pm

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