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Tuesday 30 August 2011
If you ask me...
Monday 22 August 2011
A school concerned about rising hemlines has become the latest to ban girls from wearing skirts.
Sunday 21 August 2011
Need a home office? Or somewhere to sew? Or even a place just to sort bills without everyone else in your face? Carve out your own space, says Caroline Clifton-Mogg in A Space of My Own (£19.99, Ryland Peters), "and you'll be more productive, more organised, even more creative". Her book is full of inspiring tips to transform tiny corners and spare rooms into just that. Here are my faves (plus a few of my own).
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Sunday 12 June 2011
Wednesday 08 June 2011
Monday 30 May 2011
You're wearing a skirt," says my friend, who is observant. "Yes, it's National Skirt Wearing Week," I tell her, which is not true, but given that I live in jeans and have had my legs out for a full three days...
Wednesday 25 May 2011
Photographer Clare Strand’s first UK solo exhibition Sleight is an array of visual trickery, conjuring and the absurd.
Saturday 21 May 2011
Monday 04 April 2011
There was a time when the new season's style rested on nothing more multi-layered or faceted than skirt length. This carried with it a certain degree of cultural significance, giving fashion editors food for thought, at least. And so wartime austerity and fabric rationing decreed that skirts should be narrow and no longer than the knee.
Sunday 13 March 2011
Another season of shows passed, all with more worrying new trends to analyse than a government-official's notebook, and yet another shopping list to draw up. I've made a pact with myself only to buy things I don't need from now on – and that's not me being all cool and off-the-wall, it's purely pragmatic.
Tuesday 08 February 2011
Monday 17 January 2011
Friday 07 January 2011
In her introduction to this vast, immaculately produced book, its editor Katherine Bucknell notes that Christopher Isherwood's handwritten diaries, which he maintained at great daily length (excepting a "wild" spell in the late Forties), contained "hardly any mistakes of any kind. The diaries are an endless transcript of life – without blot, without error, without misstatement, without verbal crime." As with the essays of his contemporary George Orwell, you could read this book as a primer on style. Bucknell points out that "page upon page reflect the clarity of his mind, his absolute mastery of syntax, his easy ranging, precise diction, his effortless power of description."
Saturday 30 October 2010
If you ask me, it's a sad day when the red tops look up J-Lo's skirt and report back that she has "dimpled thighs". It's a sad day for J-Lo and a sad day for all those dimpled thighs who just want to get on with their business quietly. "I never bother anyone when I go about my dimpling," one such thigh says. "I dimple in the mornings, and then tend to read for the afternoon. I like Philip Roth."
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