Think outside the box: The best picnic accessories
Sunday 08 May 2011
1. Stelton vacuum jug
Erik Magnussen, £50. Store your bevvies with refinement in this Scandi design classic, available in a variety of colours. 01273 699 119, thelollipopshoppe.co.uk
2. Seagull cool bag
Anorak, £55. Who needs a rickety old hamper when you've got this super-fly chiller to do the job? 020 8299 2416, anorakonline.co.uk
3. London tumbler
Michelle Mason, £7.99. The capital is writ cute on these endearing melamine vessels from the designer/illustrator. michellemason.co.uk
4. Fold-up picnic table and seats
Roullier White, £100. This lightweight aluminium contraption will put an assured end to soggy backsides. 020 8693 5150, roullierwhite.com
5. Striped lawn lounger
Handpicked Collection, £69. Luxe up those lazy days with this padded, roll-up resting-place. 0845 602 3578,
6. National Gallery portrait plates
Whitbread Wilkinson, from £5 a plate. A fine collection of plastic dishes for the al-fresco aesthete. 020 7922 1444, W2products.com
It looks very much as though 2015 will be a good year for the world economy, after all – and, if it is, that will be thanks to the fall in the oil price. It won't be good for everyone and we have already seen the pressure it puts on the Russian leadership – though, before you conclude that sometimes there is natural justice in the world, remember that the people who are hurt are not leaders such as Vladimir Putin. Other oil- and gas-exporting countries are damaged, too, and I think we will see further fallout in unpredictable ways. But the net impact is strongly positive, more so than most commentators at present acknowledge. The winners far outnumber the losers.
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