This Spain and Colorado-based singer-songwriter’s wavering ethereal voice hangs in the air like cigar smoke and is curiously reminiscent of the theremin. It’s the perfect vehicle for carrying her timeless songs, which mix Tin Pan Alley jauntiness with New Orleans swing, then throws in a dash of country melancholy so that you never know quite where you are.
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Friday 13 January 2012
For those who over indulged at Christmas, January is often the time when people vow to eat healthier, sign up to a gym or take a seat in the doctor's waiting room – if they have really overdone it.
Tuesday 10 January 2012
Zimbabwe has banned the import and sale of second-hand underwear after the Finance Minister said women should not suffer the indignity of wearing hand-me-down lingerie.
Saturday 31 December 2011
The wave of redundancies sweeping Britain's stricken high streets gathered pace yesterday as 1,600 staff were laid off at the shoe shop chain Barratts and the toy retailer Hawkin's Bazaar collapsed, with the potential loss of 380 jobs.
Sunday 20 November 2011
Graham Hollick has just come back from Nepal; he's working on a humanitarian project that encourages women's groups there, and in India, to make money through embroidering textiles. It's obviously a worthy initiative, but a quick glance at his home tells you this must be a cause close to Hollick's aesthetic heart too. He acknowledges the influence on his style, commenting that he "loves India" – a passion reflected in the masks and puppets that stride above his fireplace or adorn his walls.
Saturday 25 June 2011
The death toll from a car bombing outside a medical clinic in eastern Afghanistan has risen to at least 60, authorities said.
Sunday 06 February 2011
Once upon a time, clothes and objets from another era were a signifier of one's social status. Only the very poor or the very privileged would embrace hand-me-downs or jumble sales (the former out of necessity; the latter because "old" is no stigma when your crumbling pile is stuffed with priceless antiques).
Friday 17 December 2010
Ron Berry's fifth novel, first published in 1970, has been, and continues to be, a guide and pilot to my genesis and evolution as a writer. Other books share this badge, of course - 'Moby Dick', 'The Return of the Native', 'Last Exit to Brooklyn' - but 'Bebb' came first, at age nine or thereabouts, and stunned me with recognition and a wondrous awe at the possibilities in words. As a reader, I flailed and floundered when a child; 'Rothman's Football Yearbook' was a staple, as was the 'I-Spy Guide to the Hedgerow', which told me everything I needed to know about the daddy-long-legs except why.
Tuesday 13 July 2010
Everything from dried rose petals to $5,000 (£3,300) silk carpets to cheap sweets and gaudy plastic sandals could be found on sale in Tehran's grand bazaar. The vast covered market, its narrow lanes typically heaving with shoppers and the raucous sounds of busy commerce, stands empty now, though. The bazaris, the city's merchant classes, have shut their doors in protest at tax hikes proposed by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Monday 31 May 2010
They are the stuff of childhood nostalgia, dimly remembered but not necessarily missed. The traditional British jumble sale was a quaint affair. Frequently manned by primary school mothers and grannies, and enacted in the functional confines of the church hall or school gym, it wasn't noted for its glamour.
Monday 31 May 2010
How comforting to discover that in this sophisticated age of iPads, eBay and Twitter there are still people out there who are happy to rummage through the unwanted contents of someone else's wardrobe. Two enterprising women, Alice Watson and Rachel Bevis, have been organising jumble sales around London. And demand for stalls is so high that they've had to introduce a rotation system. "Hipster jumble sales" are apparently the latest trend. And just like in the old days, they've become part of a fun day out. The difference is that today's jumble sales, rather than being accompanied by morris dancing and stalls selling jam tarts, include massage booths and DJs. Traditional values in a modern setting, one might say.
Tuesday 20 April 2010
A suspected suicide bomber attacked Pakistani police after a protest rally against power cuts in Peshawar yesterday killing 23 people. The blast went off in an area of the old city known as the Storytellers' Bazaar as a protest against power cuts organised by a religious party was breaking up. Several officials of the Jamaat-i-Islami (JI) religious party, which organised the protest, were among the dead, party members said.
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