Aside from The Independent, Annalisa Barbieri writes for the Economist's Intelligent Life magazine, and the New Statesman. A former contributing editor of the Independent on Sunday and fishing correspondent of the Independent, she is also patron of Rights of Women
21 February 2004 12:00 AM
February is almost over, the skies are getting bluer, I haven't worn a thermal vest for weeks. And the trout season will soon open. Hurrah! Meanwhile, over cups of tea and jugs of ale, a debate rages in the world of fly fishing. Should hooks be J-shaped or should they be circle? Circle hooks are very much the buzz word del momento.
07 February 2004 12:00 AM
The weather is certainly making itself known at the moment in the United Kingdom. Floods and big winds; tales of rivers rising by 20 feet in a matter of hours.
24 January 2004 12:00 AM
Months definitely have personalities. November is all frisky, heavy with the promise of parties and presents and booziness. July is hazy and lazy and smells of too much suntan oil. April is skippy and happy and best friend with May. January and February, however, are the manic depressives of the calendar. Everyone dreads them and they are just as awful as you remember. Every suggestion of anything fun is spat back at you with disdain and a certain icy dampness.
10 January 2004 12:00 AM
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20 September 2003 12:00 AM
I've always resisted doing television. I'd always been offered fashion programmes (as I used to be fashion editor of The Independent on Sunday) by half-wit researchers/producers who thought I'd, surely, come over all unnecessary at the words "we're looking for the next Trinny and Susanna" and start flicking my hair and gleaming in that TV way. But, really, nothing could have interested me less.
23 August 2003 12:00 AM
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12 July 2003 12:00 AM
G20 summit: Enter Putin. Accompanied by four warships. To the sound of mockery
'Muslims pre-date Columbus in discovering America,' says Turkish president Erdogan
David Cameron 'compares Vladimir Putin’s Russia to Nazi Germany' ahead of tense meeting
Former Tory PM Sir John Major says 'we would not have an NHS without migrants'
France 'blocks' Russian sailors from boarding a warship
G20 summit: David Cameron warns Vladimir Putin that Russia's relationship with the West is at a 'fork in the road' over Ukraine
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