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Monday 30 June 2008
Saturday 28 June 2008
Sunday 18 May 2008
Monday 05 May 2008
Jamie Lidell is used to being a soloist, by nature as well as by name. His performances once consisted simply of himself and his unique, symbiotic sound-desk set-up, which allowed him to layer his beat-boxing and remarkable soul vocal into complete tracks without the interference of anything so old-fashioned as a band.
Saturday 19 April 2008
If I was only allowed to grow one vegetable at the allotment this year it would be tinda, a small round gourd some 5-8cm in diameter and a native to India. Tinda, which is Punjabi for "Indian Baby Pumpkin", is not too dissimilar to a small apple or green tomato and makes the most delicious curry. I was introduced to it last year by Davinder Singh, our guide during a visit to Simla in the Himalayas. He was the only other vegetarian in our group and had the uncanny knack of sniffing out tinda anywhere, be it in a restaurant or a private residence. If it wasn't on the menu, a quiet word in the waiter's ear was all that was necessary, the extra wait a small price to pay for this gastronomic bonanza. The taste, lighter and sharper than the squash we normally grow, had a freshness about it, the piquancy providing a welcome change to the curries we were used to.
Saturday 08 March 2008
Saturday 26 January 2008
Saturday 26 January 2008
So I'm lying there, right, and my osteopath says to me, "What's the best way of clearing a new allotment ... you know, one that has been neglected for several years with waist-high grass and weeds?" It turns out that the so-called "new" allotment was actually acquired a year ago but is yet to be tamed.
Sunday 18 November 2007
Saturday 21 October 2006
In spite of its name, it has been a very long time since there were hitching posts on Rodeo Drive, the four-block mecca of luxury shopping in Beverly Hills. Where horses may have clip-clopped up and down it 99 years ago - the street was first laid out in 1907 - today there is only the pretentious purr of Bentleys, Porsches and Ferraris.
Friday 02 June 2006
Images are mostly not for looking at. They are for being there and having around. Take family photos. A grandmother, say, sits in her sitting room, surrounded by framed pictures that are set up on shelves and mantelpiece. They show the various members of her family, living and dead and newly born. They show children at different stages of their growing up. They show family occasions.
Saturday 15 October 2005
Saturday 24 September 2005
Sunday 31 October 2004
Thursday 02 September 2004
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