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Marathon des Sables – Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Notebook

Marathon des Sables – Sir Ranulph Fiennes

The Easter weekend saw the start of one of the high points in the ultra-marathon calendar – the sand- and sun-blasted Marathon des Sables that involves a six-day challenge across 251km of Moroccan desert. I did it myself in 2011 – the most expensive self-catering beach holiday I have ever been on, as I may [...]

By | Notebook | Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 11:51 am

Sorry – financial freedom for pensioners is a bad idea, Chunomics

Sorry – financial freedom for pensioners is a bad idea

Allowing me the freedom to take my pension as a lump sum on retirement will, likely as not, mean that I neglect my very old self in favour of my newly retired self.

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 8 April 2015 at 11:29 am

Her Outdoors: The first kiss of April is mine, Her Outdoors

Her Outdoors: The first kiss of April is mine

It is difficult, as the general election is now full flow, to keep on top of the allotment and this blog. But I will do it, because April is the most intense month of the year and if I leave it to its own devices all my hard work would be wasted. The weeds would [...]

By | Her Outdoors, Notebook | Saturday, 4 April 2015 at 6:59 pm

Minehead revisited: The return of Bloc. Weekend, Music

Minehead revisited: The return of Bloc. Weekend

After a four year hiatus, Bloc. Weekend returned to Butlins Minehead… and about time, too.

By | Music | Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 5:26 pm

Sherwood & Pinch: On a version excursion, Music

Sherwood & Pinch: On a version excursion

Adrian Sherwood and Pinch represent a merger between two distinct generations of UK music, their partnership is one that excited me the moment I heard about it. Their album, Late Night Endless, is a superb collection of work inspired by their undying love for dub music and dub plate culture, both of which are close to my heart, having grown up on reggae and, later, drum n bass – two forms of music which are intrinsically linked through bass, dub plates and dub itself. I was fortunate enough to be invited to spend some time with the two men ahead of their gig alongside Squarepusher at the Barbican recently. Here’s the result of our chat…

By | Music | Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 5:24 pm

Palm Reader: Beside The Ones We Love, Arts

Palm Reader: Beside The Ones We Love

One of the leading lights of the UK’s resurgence in unrepentant bruising hardcore, Palm Reader are gearing up to release their magnificent second album Beside The Ones We Love through In At The Deep End Records on Monday 6th April.
The new album has already garnered high praise in many of the industry’s most well-regarded [...]

By | Arts, Music | Thursday, 2 April 2015 at 11:00 am

Black Peaks Interview: “I was in Lidl looking at potatoes when Zane Lowe called”, Arts

Black Peaks Interview: “I was in Lidl looking at potatoes when Zane Lowe called”

Brighton-based four piece Black Peaks have already garnered the attention of the music industry at large by breaking down the doors at Radio 1 and having their own brand of post-math-prog heavy riffery played on daytime Radio 1. With a debut album in the works and a soon-to-be-sold out first headline show at Barfly in [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 1 April 2015 at 11:00 am

China demonstrates its power as US allies defect to its investment bank……, The Foreign Desk

China demonstrates its power as US allies defect to its investment bank……

….and Beijing makes moves on possible Afghan Taliban peace talks
China is winning, of that there can now be no doubt at a time when most world powers are falling in with its plans, either in kow-tow mode like the UK or with a somewhat more upright stance like India, or somewhere in-between.
The weakest-looking country in [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 30 March 2015 at 3:19 pm

Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s, Arts

Scottish Book Trust Ask the Author: Cathy MacPhail’s

Cathy MacPhail’s ever-expanding cabinet of book awards is a physical testament to her enduring popularity amongst teenage readers, with the most recent addition being her third Scottish Children’s Book Award. We caught up with her in the midst of launching her latest books, Devil You Know, an action-packed teen thriller with a sensational twist and The Stars Shall Be Bright, a moving story of a family caught up in the consequences of WW1.

By | Arts | Friday, 27 March 2015 at 1:54 pm

That hung parliament scenario in full, Eagle Eye

That hung parliament scenario in full

I am grateful to Tom for asking a question that I couldn’t immediately answer. Actually, he merely pointed out that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act meant that votes on a Queen’s Speech (a government’s programme for a new session of Parliament) or a Budget could no longer be declared matters of confidence and therefore could not [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 at 11:23 am

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