Our inner cave men and women ache for risk, danger and adventure. When we find it, the payoff is a huge, satisfying mood boost. My inner Cave Lady craves adventure. And that’s why I spent last weekend in North Wales.
A brilliant parody of the much-loved Ladybird ‘Peter and Jane’ books has come under fire from copyright holders Penguin. Is it a reprehensible rip-off or a divine design homage?
Each year the voice of people with Down’s syndrome and those who live and work with them join together to focus attention on what it means to have Down syndrome and how those with the condition play a vital role in communities across the world.
Philip Collins in today’s Times (pay wall) says the Budget revealed Labour’s weakness:
The most calamitous error, from which there has never been a clear way back, was not to concede, early and clearly, that Labour had carried on spending long after retrenchment was needed. Refusing to admit any culpability at all gave Mr Osborne the [...]
Ed Balls coined a new euphemism for death in his interview on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning. He was asked about the reform of defined contribution pensions in the Budget:
This is a very big and radical reform so it is important that we look hard to see what it is actually going [...]
With the World Cup approaching, Neymar was always going to be a name on everybody’s lips. However, rather than his form on the field, it is his controversial transfer to Barcelona that is currently attracting the most discussion.
I spent yesterday evening at an event in London organised by the Anti-Corruption Foundation, listening to people who know more than I do about the Crimean crisis. Its founder, Alexei Navalny, could not be there: he is under house arrest in Russia, but a statement from him was read out, and has been published in full [...]
It is not as if the response to the Budget is so very difficult.
All Ed Miliband had to do was to remember one of Matthew Parris’s parliamentary sketches of the early Blair:
He tweaked this, prodded that, inspected the teeth of a clause or two – and pronounced that it did not pass muster. It was all [...]
A late equaliser for Fiorentina in the first leg of this last 16 tie gained them an unexpected 1-1 draw and I see this as a chance to get a price about laying the home side.
Dish of the day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Buttery Leek Risotto with Crispy Garlic Oyster Mushroom Topping
This works as the perfect informal dinner party dish with everyone helping themselves. It’s great served with greens on the side or a crisp tomato salad.
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