Don’t go in expecting this season’s designs for £4.50. But you can find the odd gem
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Saturday 31 October 2009
Saturday 10 October 2009
A crowded market in the centre of Peshawar became a scene of devastation yesterday after a suicide bomber set off a massive blast that killed at least 49 people and wounded scores more.
Monday 31 August 2009
Friday 03 July 2009
A rare and valuable copy of the US Declaration of Independence has been discovered in the National Archives.
Tuesday 23 December 2008
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/11/shopping-bag-ru.html">Shopping Bag: Rumble in the Jumble</a>
Friday 07 November 2008
Even with Shopping Bag's great modesty notwithstanding, this is a great tip. From this morning, until Sunday at 7pm there's a jumble sale that will justify that oft-used tag "unmissable".
Friday 31 October 2008
Born amid the mud and misery of the Western Front trenches, the curious British tradition of the official "war artist" has now yielded almost a century's harvest of sobering, disturbing and often hauntingly beautiful works snatched from places of death and destruction. In recent decades the lens as well as the brush or pencil has enriched this heritage.
Friday 10 October 2008
When I was a young boy growing up in rural Pakistan, my grandfather would entertain me with stories of a man called Abu Zayd. He was a rascal who roamed from place to place conning people with his wit and stunning use of language. Each story began with Abu Zayd giving an eloquent sermon in the mosque or the bazaar. "How long will you persist with your folly?" he would ask the people who gathered around him. "How long will you cheat, steal, and do and eat all those things that God has forbidden? How long will you be greedy and chase material goods?" He never failed to impress, both by his message and his oratory; some gave him money and thanked him, others he would cheat. But Abu Zayd lived a life of luxury in a cave, with his two wives, where he greedily consumed forbidden things and did exactly what he had denounced in the bazaar.
Saturday 06 September 2008
Sunday 31 August 2008
Wednesday 20 August 2008
Sunday 17 August 2008
Saturday 02 August 2008
I like finding stuff that others aren't going to have. I got this dress at a jumble sale in Hackney about eight years ago. It was in a suitcase under a table. I love the unusual fabric, and the dancing sailors run all the way around the bottom. It fitted me perfectly, so I decided it was meant for me. It cost me about 50p.
Friday 11 July 2008
The publicity-shy Mike "stuff the shareholders" Ashley was hosting his own conference call yesterday, so things must be bad. Certainly the results were extremely bad.
Thursday 19 June 2008
More bad news from the high street. After stripping out inflation, there was virtually no growth at all in like-for-like sales at Sainsbury in the 12 weeks to 14 June, despite what Justin King, the chief executive, calls "strong growth in non-foods". Sainsbury is facing much tougher competition from a resurgent Morrisons and Asda, but the main cause of this relatively poor performance has to be attributed to the consumer slowdown.
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