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October 20 2014

From| Mon Oct 20 2014, 12:01:00

Mic Newman AKA Fantastic Man hails from Melbourne in Australia, but relocated to Europe a few years ago - starting off in London before heading to Berlin, where he is currently based. He returns to London this coming Sunday for a daytime party called Virtue, so I caught up with him ahead of the event [...]

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From| Mon Oct 20 2014, 10:11:26

One man's pursuit of cricketing nerd nirvana: an all-time XI made up of a player from each decade 1910-2010.

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October 19 2014

From| Sun Oct 19 2014, 11:14:27

Narendra Modi and his fellow leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party believe they are on a ten-year mission to turn India into a successful world power with a strong nationalist base. Today (Oct 19) they have put two more building blocks in place with two state assembly election victories in Maharashtra and Haryana, where they [...]

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From| Sun Oct 19 2014, 00:41:12

Known as "a nation of animal lovers," it's a concern, therefore, that Britain's animal rescue centres are bursting at the seams. Despite the likes of Paul O'Grady and his successful Battersea Cats and Dogs home series, there are simply not enough homes to go round. Some of the blame can be linked to the fact that [...]

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October 18 2014

From| Sat Oct 18 2014, 15:33:27

The evenings are getting darker, and the seed catalogues are coming through my door at least once a week now. I have to stop myself from over-ordering seeds that I already have. My seeds are organised into drawers, in a slightly obsessive Monica from Friends style, first into plant groups - like roots, brassicas, leaves [...]

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From| Sat Oct 18 2014, 14:26:05

Labour's lead has been halved from six points to three in a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Con 31% (+2) Lab 34% (-1) Lib Dem 7% (0) UKIP 19% (0) Green 4% (0) Other [...]

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From| Sat Oct 18 2014, 06:20:03

We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. We have asked people how they intend to vote, and carried out an experiment to test the effect of prompting for UKIP. Survation is the only pollster that reminds respondents about UKIP in its standard voting-intention question. This produces [...]

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October 17 2014

From| Fri Oct 17 2014, 07:42:28

Last week I spoke about some plain-looking - but lovely - jacketless hardbacks. This week I'm still on the minimalist tip, thanks to these first offerings from new publisher Fitzcarraldo Editions. They are paperback, not hardback, though the word is misleading: this is a lovely, slightly textured card, with the jacket flaps folding back almost [...]

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October 16 2014

From| Thu Oct 16 2014, 12:28:21

Having come to terms with mock meat and impressed by its willingness to take on any flavour that you throw at it, I've now decided to openly embrace it...and here's another example.Combine a good variation of chillies, herbs, spices and whatever else you may have hanging about in the back of your cupboard to create [...]

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From| Thu Oct 16 2014, 12:15:29

A Guy Called Gerald has been making music since the mid-eighties, and his ethos has always been to utilise technological advances in his music-making and performance wherever possible - embracing the ethos behind techno music from the very beginning. He is currently working with Native Instruments on their Traktor DJ application, which can be used [...]

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