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The trouble with all the bank lending stats, Chunomics

The trouble with all the bank lending stats

It’s worth taking a long, cool look at the Bank of England’s latest numbers, which are comprehensive, and are especially awful for a couple of reasons.

By | Chunomics | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 12:26 pm

Transatlantic Sessions, South Bank Centre, Arts

Transatlantic Sessions, South Bank Centre

Mixing bluegrass with Irish emigration tunes, Cajun music with Gaelic folk and gospel songs with Celtic pipes could be a recipe for screeching, wailing and warbling. But in the hands of the fifteen pre-eminent musicians at last night’s Transatlantic Sessions in London, the result was a dense tapestry of sound, sentiment and roots.
A shining jewel [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 12:09 pm

Will the Republicans pick a Mormon?, Eagle Eye

Will the Republicans pick a Mormon?

Jonathan Freedland asks number 495 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, after it appeared that Jon Huntsman, despite having been appointed by Barack Obama as ambassador to China, is preparing to run.
Freedland seems to think that Mitt Romney (right) has a serious chance of the GOP nomination, when they didn’t [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 12:00 pm

Digital Digest, Digital Digest

Digital Digest

Links to the best of the web

By | Digital Digest | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 11:15 am

Egypt: Is the social network taking up arms?, Notebook

Egypt: Is the social network taking up arms?

Mark Zuckerberg claims on his Facebook page that he is motivated by the desire to “make the world a more open place”. Likewise, Twitter boasts the best way to immediately get “what’s new in your world.” I doubt either of them would have suspected this though. It seems they are getting their wish, but with surprisingly powerful and violent consequences; we have moved into the era of the socially networked revolution, and we are all the better for it.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 11:09 am

iBet: Expect a low scoring game at the Stadium of Light, Sport

iBet: Expect a low scoring game at the Stadium of Light

Sunderland play things pretty tight most of the time and in fact have been involved in fewer games featuring three goals or more than anyone else in the Premiership. In fact 67% of their games have gone under the 2.5 goals line.

By | Sport | Tuesday, 1 February 2011 at 1:00 am

Swapping unwanted pregnancies for Chlamydia, Notebook

Swapping unwanted pregnancies for Chlamydia

We’re a nation of binge-drinking, foul mouthed, lazy-arsed chavs who spend your money on widescreen televisions, booze, fags and McDonalds. We are also very good at producing offspring long before we are supposed to. What do we do to stop the breeding? A magic pill.
The morning-after pill. To some, it’s a saviour, to others, [...]

By | Notebook | Monday, 31 January 2011 at 10:26 pm

Stockholm Fashion Week: Filippa K, Fashion

Stockholm Fashion Week: Filippa K

We’ll have more coverage from Stockholm Fashion Week in next week’s i paper, but here are some pictures from Filippa K’s autumn/winter 2011 show to tide you over. The themes were – as ever with this homegrown Swedish favourite – structured and minimal, with fluid jersey pieces in blush and nude, worn with sturdy camel [...]

By | Fashion, Notebook | Monday, 31 January 2011 at 4:18 pm

The Welsh are rubbish (and other arguments), Notebook

The Welsh are rubbish (and other arguments)

With campaigning in the Welsh referendum firmly underway Rob Williams looks at the chaos being caused by a less than predictable No campaign.

By | Notebook | Monday, 31 January 2011 at 2:36 pm

Traumatised and Terrified by the Floods – Jamshed’s Story, Notebook

Traumatised and Terrified by the Floods – Jamshed’s Story

Of all the children I met during my visit to Rajanpur in Punjab province, which was devastated by last year’s floods, I distinctly remember nine-year-old Jamshed who was left traumatised by the disaster. I met him at the government boys’ primary school in the village of Shahnawaz where Save the Children set up temporary classrooms after the school was destroyed.

By | Notebook | Monday, 31 January 2011 at 2:09 pm

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