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Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript, Chunomics

Sir Howard Davies: the full transcript

* Many bankers are still overpaid
* The Chancellor’s Help to Buy subsidies are not a good idea
* Banks should not be broken up
* Narrow banking (ordinary deposits all backed by ultra-safe government bond) would be “too risky”
* Higher equity buffers for banks will result in less credit for the real economy

By | Chunomics, Eagle Eye | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 12:50 pm

Rolo Tomassi Interview: “It’s comforting to know that we’ve not been treated as a novelty”, Arts

Rolo Tomassi Interview: “It’s comforting to know that we’ve not been treated as a novelty”

18th February 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of Rolo Tomassi confounding expectations, breaking rules and baffling audiences around the world. One of the UK’s most audacious, fearless, boldest and admirable alternative acts, they’re music is constantly evolving, proving just as difficult to pigeon-hole as it was a decade ago. On the cusp of releasing [...]

By | Arts, Music | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 11:00 am

A baton politely passed, at Oscar de la Renta, Fashion

A baton politely passed, at Oscar de la Renta

Peter Copping wrote a heartfelt note included on every seat at his first Oscar de la Renta show on Tuesday night. That’s a fashionable thing to do, especially when you’re taking over a label: Nicolas Ghesquiere did the same a year ago, at his debut for Louis Vuitton. Of course, Copping’s circumstances were somewhat different: as he terms it, “things did not go according to plan.” Oscar de la Renta – the man – passed away before Copping had time to work alongside him.

However, Oscar de la Renta – the brand – lives on, with Copping at the helm. His autumn/winter 2015 debut was assured, if a little predictable. Then again, the latter was not just expected, but demanded.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 3:59 am

New York Fashion Week Winter 2015: Growing up is hard to do, at Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and Jason Wu, Fashion

New York Fashion Week Winter 2015: Growing up is hard to do, at Altuzarra, Alexander Wang and Jason Wu

Growing pains. How’s that for a take-away from the opening leg of the New York Fashion Week shows? On the one hand, it’s a decidedly positive thing. At least there’s fresh talent gestating here. Alexander Wang’s business was founded a decade ago this year; Altuzarra launched his first handbag, an obvious development to emerge since the designer sold a minority stake to Kering in 2013. Oh, and Jason Wu had fine jewellery (he’s done the bag stuff before), as he also bagged a major investor last year via equity firm Interluxe. He’s scouting real estate for his first Manhattan store.

By | Fashion, Fashion Sense | Tuesday, 17 February 2015 at 1:01 am

Goblin’s Claudio Simonetti on Profondo Rosso reaching the big 4-0

This year marks the fortieth anniversary of Dario Argento’s horror masterpiece. But for Claudio Simonetti, the brains behind the film’s iconic soundtrack, it feels like it was just yesterday him and his bandmates were given just ten days to magic something up using just their guitars and harpsichord.

By | Arts, Music | Monday, 16 February 2015 at 4:52 pm

Barking Blondes: Resident “house dogs”

How would you react, if, when you booked into your hotel, there was a dog waiting to welcome you at Reception?

By | The Dog Blog | Monday, 16 February 2015 at 4:48 pm

Four years of public protest produce Modi and Kejriwal as India’s leaders of change, The Foreign Desk

Four years of public protest produce Modi and Kejriwal as India’s leaders of change

The swearing in over the weekend of social activist and anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal as chief minister of Delhi marks the latest stage of a dramatic country-wide rejection of the way that India is governed, which has been building up over the past four years.
This is not a single tidal wave threatening to overwhelm the [...]

By | The Foreign Desk | Monday, 16 February 2015 at 3:58 pm

Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll, Eagle Eye

Pink bus is patronising: ComRes poll

Most voters – male and female – think that Labour’s pink “Woman to Woman” bus patronises women, according to a ComRes poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. The poll finds 57 per cent of women and 55 per cent of men agree that, “by travelling around Britain in a pink [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 February 2015 at 7:28 pm

Poll alert, Eagle Eye

Poll alert

We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month the poll showed Labour with a one-point lead over the Conservatives.
In addition to asking people how they would vote in the election, we surveyed attitudes to Harriet Harman’s pink bus, asking if people agreed or disagreed with [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 14 February 2015 at 10:39 am

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Ecliptic, by Benjamin Wood

This came through the door this week: the proof for the second novel by Benjamin Wood, author of The Bellwether Revivals, which I haven’t read. I’m not entirely sure this new one, which is published in July, is my kind of thing either, but I love the cover, with its two versions of the (exact?) [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 13 February 2015 at 2:10 pm

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