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- “The Great Gatsby” just finished. Great.
- Architects don’t wear suits.
- just say nö, nø, nõ.
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- Arkitektens hjem (Home of the Architects) S01E03 Knut Hjeltnes http://t.co/RIJ0otJ1VY
Canadian singer/songwriter Dana Sipos will release her new album, Roll Up The Night Sky, tomorrow, and now MAGNET is honored to premiere “Morningside.” The ethereal track features gentle vocals and finely plucked mandolins that leak emotion and soul. A beautiful violin solo sneaks in toward the end without disrupting the natural feel of the song. Download […]
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Croydon restaurants, breakfasts, lunches, pubs, bars, cafés and more.
Welcome to a new series exploring London’s food and drink offerings, one area at a time. We eventually plan to cover the whole of the capital, but that’s quite a big task. If you have any recommendations for us in your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Croydon might not possess the enviable reputation of some of the other, more foodie London boroughs but there’s always been a lot of good stuff happening in food and drink. Current examples include at least two microbreweries (The Cronx and Clarence & Fredricks), a food festival (The South End Food Festival), and a growing community gardening movement with an urban vineyard being discussed.
Note: Croydon is one of the most populous and sprawling boroughs of London, and so to try and keep things simple we’ve stuck to establishments that are reasonably close to Croydon’s two biggest railway stations: West Croydon and East Croydon. Basically, stuff that’s within the town of Croydon, not the extended area that constitutes the borough.
If you were to poll Croydon’s foodies about the ‘coolest’ place to head to, Matthew’s Yard would make a lot of people’s list. Located in a little alcove just off Surrey Street market, it’s a music space, coffee shop, bar, art gallery, flexible workspace and a whole load of other things, all combined into one ever-evolving destination. As for breakfast, it plays host to pop-up brekkie kitchen Rise ‘n Shine which offers a breakfast special from Monday to Friday (7am-2pm). The Clocktower Café has a heartening selection of fairtrade teas and coffees, along with impressive surroundings full of art, books, live music and culture. Blue Mountain Café is a small and friendly artisan coffee chain that originated in East Dulwich but has lately arrived in Croydon. Their south London roots proudly show through in a range of Caribbean choices along with more obvious options. As you might expect, the espresso ain’t bad either.
Street food forms part of Croydon’s lunchtime offering, with Surrey Street Market — which dates back to 1237 — featuring a fair few food–to-go options among its produce stalls. On Thursdays, Ruskin Square’s World Food Market brings an array of global cuisines to East Croydon, from 11am until 3pm. The cafés mentioned above, as well as Croydon’s array of well-priced Indian and Caribbean offerings are also good lunch shouts.
Croydon has plenty of very good Indian options. London Road’s Chennai Dosa serves traditional south Indian food with a particular focus on the dosa — a type of south Indian pancake — and the selection is immense. Jalalis also deserves a special mention. It’s a bit of a trek from East Croydon station but the salmon tikka is truly the stuff of legend, and as its a takeaway, you don’t even have to bother getting there.
West Croydon is rich in West Indian and Afrocarribean cuisine, with Whitehorse Lane’s Tasty Jerk Center a clear cut above the rest — despite its lacklustre appearance.
For European cuisine, try Brasserie Vacherin, a traditional brasserie in the French style led by chef Malcolm John, a name we hope and suspect we might be hearing more of in the near future. Elsewhere, Galicia is one of the best spots for tapas and Galician food that you’ll find anywhere in town — the kind of place that expats traverse the city to find. And Bagatti’s has been delighting Croydonites with cibo Italiano for as long as we can remember — 24 years and counting — and the spaghetti carbonara is magnificent.
Something special — fine dining
Albert’s Table is the only place in Croydon with a Michelin Star and is doing a pretty good job of bringing people into the town on this basis alone — supposedly all part of chef/owner Joby Wells’s plan. Expect fine dining British food of central London quality but at a noticeably cheaper price.
As a spot well-suited to both eating and drinking, the people behind The Glamorgan would probably prefer you not describe them as a gastropub but it feels appropriate to do so. After all, most pubs don’t offer the likes of red deer medallions or have a wine menu spanning several pages. It comes complete with an indoor barbecue as well as space for live music. Another good call is the decidedly charming Treehouse. It boasts a fairy-lit space as well as a food selection that goes far beyond pub grub — think pan-fried sea bass in Champagne sauce and a selection of well priced (and well-weighted) steaks.
Surrey Street’s Dog & Bull is a grade II listed pub with an excellent beer garden. It also boasts a mighty selection of beers and has a pizza oven, smoker and barbecue. The Green Dragon champions local beers, has high ceilings, dragon motifs and a slightly eccentric and inviting atmosphere. The cosy Oval Tavern is much beloved for its loyal community, lovely beer garden and live jazz on Sundays — plus its own ale and cider festivals. The venerable Royal Standard can be found hidden away under a flyover and adjacent to a rather large and rather grey car park. Don’t let the surroundings put you off — this is a charming pub with a great selection of drinks and an elegant interior. It also has a strategically-positioned beer garden on the opposite side of the road, which although a little strange looking, is wonderful in summer. Also deserving of a mention is the somewhat niche The Ship. Visit on weekends for loud hard rock or heavy metal-themed fun, economically priced drinks and the odd live performance (though this seems to be less common of late).
Lounge bar Half & Half has a pretty lively calendar that includes lots of wine, beer and spirits tastings, as well as a comprehensive (and rapidly evolving) drinks selection. Recent arrival Ponte Nuovo (also under a flyover) focuses on Italian-style food, vermouth and sparkling wine. South End’s cocktail-centric — if dubiously named — Bar Txt has already made a name for itself as a low-tempo and upmarket alternative to the more noisy clubs on the High Street. In the same area, The Edge is something of a bar-pub hybrid that comes with a healthy selection of live music (including jam nights), plus more choice of wines than you might expect and a sizeable beer garden to boot.
Park Street’s Bad Apple is a relatively new arrival to Croydon’s late night scene, but as the brainchild of the people behind the (now legendary and sadly defunct) Black Sheep Bar, it fits in just nicely. Music heavy, and with a rather well stocked bar, the interior is full of the kind of furniture that looks like it was lifted from the set of an unreleased Alice in Wonderland remake. You could very easily walk past the unassuming Soulful Cellar if not for the often large lines of would-be punters. It’s also open until 4am, with soul, jazz and funk making up the musical agenda. You need to be 25 or over, mind. Occupying the site of the old Overton’s brewery malt houses, The Granaries is another late night Croydon institution that focuses on black and urban music spaced out over what they describe as ‘three clubs in one’. Over 22s only, this place stays open until 4am on many nights. Find a late night curryhouse for sustaining suppers.
By Jack Oughton
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We’ve been eyeing this industrial stainless steel kitchen in Stockholm for a while now. Here’s a guide to replicating the kitchen using components from Ikea’s recently released Sektion kitchen line, which includes stainless steel drawers and cabinets.
Above: An industrial kitchen in Stockholm featuring stainless steel drawers and sink. The kitchen has unconventional storage in the form of a hanging pot rack and vintage wooden crates. Photograph via Interior Stockholm.
Above: One wall is clad in large subway tiles; an industrial pendant lamp as well as a vintage glass chandelier provide illumination.
Above: The eat-in kitchen has an old farm table paired with vintage chairs.
Above: The Professional Bertazzoni 36-Inch Gas Range is $4,499 from AJ Madison.
Above: Ikea’s new kitchen line Sektion includes Grevsta Stainless Steel Drawers and stainless steel cabinets. They start at $189 for three drawers with a white frame, measuring 15 by 24 by 30 inches. (The drawers are available in five widths.)
Above: The John Boos Stainless Steel Prep Table (96 inches wide by 30 inches deep) is equipped with double sinks, a utensil drawer, and a cutting board; $2,351 from Central Restaurant Products.
Above: The Roger Black Rectangular Rack Grid measures 30 by 15 inches and costs $69.95 from Amazon.
Above: Search online for vintage industrial pendants or consider the Wesco Deep Bowl Chain Hung Pendant in black, starting at $155 from Barn Light Electric.
Above: The Murano Glass Chandelier comes in five colors is $3,352 from DWR.
Above: The 1900s Boulangerie Rectangular Extension Dining Table is available in six dimensions and four finishes and starts at $745 from Restoration Hardware.
Above: This Wooden Vintage Crate costs $79 from Relique.
Above: This Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven is $54.95 from Crate and Barrel.
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On the market: Two-bedroom apartment in the 1930s Frederick Gibberd-designed Pullman Court, London, SW2
If you like the idea of old school modernist and aren’t put off by a block, you might want to check out this two-bedroom apartment in the 1930s Frederick Gibberd-designed Pullman Court, London, SW2.
The grade II-listed building was designed to appeal to ‘young professionals’ back in the day (according to the agent, each unit came with ‘a wireless, a gas fire and an ice box built in’).
You would guess it still has that appeal. It definitely has a backbone of people who love the place, with a residents’ committee ensuring some communal events in the green spaces that surround the buildings.
This particular apartment is in ‘arguably the best block at Pullman Court’ at the rear of the site and away from the road and is in ‘very good condition’.
That certainly looks to be the case. Yes, the oldest kitchen and bathroom have been updated, but the rest is there kind of blank canvas you would expect from a modernist apartment both then and now.
Space is dominated by the reception room, but you also have two bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen. That kitchen is perhaps small by today’s standards, but you would imagine that your average 1930s modernist dined out more than in.
As we said, communal space too, both as part of the building and outside. The blocks were built around several large trees which survive today.
The asking price is £299,950, but note that there is a service charge of around £2,000 per annum.
Images and details courtesy of The Modern House. For more information or to make an enquiry, please visit their website.
Two-bedroom apartment in the 1930s Frederick Gibberd-designed Pullman Court, London, SW2Two-bedroom apartment in the 1930s Frederick Gibberd-designed Pullman Court, London, SW2Two-bedroom apartment in the 1930s Frederick Gibberd-designed Pullman Court, London, SW2
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Battles will play a one-off London show at The Dome in Tufnell Park on May 27.
The performance is part of four European dates the band are due to play next month, which also includes shows in Austria, France and Germany. Tickets for the London show go on sale tomorrow (April 29).
The announcement comes almost exactly a year after the New York trio took to Twitter to tease fans with the promise of a new album. Posting a picture taken in-studio, Battles wrote: “Yes, the windows are dusty, but let this serve as evidence of a new record being made.”
Twelve months on, however, and there is currently no confirmed release date or title for the album, or when it is expected to be completed by. The group last released an LP in 2011 with ‘Gloss Drop’. When the new album does arrive, it will be their first since the departure of former member Tyondai Braxton.
Battles will play:
London, The Dome (May 27)
Yes, the windows are dusty, but let this serve as evidence of a new record being made. http://t.co/lEWBmLKzNW— BATTLES (@BATTLES) April 25, 2014
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Outer London Day Out (SE)
I’ve been meaning to do this for ages. A brief rundown of the most interesting places to visit in London that aren’t in the middle. All too often tourists and the media focus on the central London, and on places to eat and drink, so I’ll have none of that. Instead I’m going to attempt to bring together as many sightseeingworthy places as I can, covering essentially zones 3 to 6 (with some outer zone 2 thrown in for good measure). If I miss out anything good, let me know and I’ll try to add it, the idea being that this builds into a comprehensive list for anyone to refer back to. I’m going to divide up the suburbs into four quadrants, so expect this to take the rest of the month. If I’ve been and blogged about it, I’ll link to that. And if you’re ever bored in the future and in need of inspiration, simply click back to April 2015 on this blog and hopefully something from the list will take your fancy. Because there’s more to London than pop-up restaurants in Shoreditch and shopping at Westfield.
• Greenwich: If you can’t make a day out out of Maritime Greenwich, you’re doing it wrong. Top draws are the Cutty Sark tea clipper (10am-5pm, £12.15) and the world famous Royal Observatory (10am-5pm, £9.50) [blogged], the home of time, which includes London’s only planetarium (£7.50) [blogged]. Alternatively there are several free attractions to see, top of which is the National Maritime Museum (10am-5pm), a multi-galleried repository of all things seaworthy. Across the grass is the Queen’s House (10am-5pm), with its photogenic Tulip staircase, and don’t miss the Painted Hall (10am-5pm) with its exuberant early Georgian ceiling. Additional tourist info can be found at the Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, near the entrance to the Foot Tunnel. Or for a quirkier more dainty experience, give the Fan Museum a go (11am-5pm, £4, closed Mondays) [blogged].
• North Greenwich: Forget the O2, and walk downstream to watch the wildlife in the Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park (10am-5pm, closed Monday & Tuesday).
• Woolwich: If you hurry you can visit the overlooked Firepower Royal Artillery Museum at Woolwich Arsenal (10am-5pm, £5.30, closed Sunday & Monday) [blogged] before it’s forced to vacate the site at Christmas 2016.
• Eltham: Just wow. Eltham Palace is an amazing building, an amalgam of Art Deco mansion and Tudor moated hall (from 10am, £13, open Easter-October and school holidays) [blogged]. English Heritage opened five new rooms earlier this month, so even if you’ve been before, you haven’t quite.
• Green Chain: For a dozen fine walks around Greenwich, Bexley, Bromley and Lewisham, including strolls to Severndroog Castle (£2.50, 12.30-4.30pm, Tue, Fri, Sun) [blogged], the Thames Barrier and Lesnes Abbey, check out the Green Chain website (or buy the official pack so you can do the lot).
• Bexleyheath: Perhaps unexpectedly, it’s perfectly possible to fill an entire genteel day out in Bexleyheath. William Morris lived here in an Arts and Crafts home of his own devising, the Red House (£7.20, mid-Feb to October-ish, closed Monday & Tuesday) [blogged], now watched over by the National Trust. Close by is Danson House (noon-5pm, £8, April-October, closed Saturday), a sumptuous Georgian villa, while a short distance down the A2 is Hall Place (10am-5pm, £8) [blogged], a creaking Tudor house in extensive gardens.
• Crossness: Sir Joseph Bazalgette’s Crossness Pumping Station (£6, 10.30am-4pm, occasional Sundays) [blogged] is a Victorian engineering marvel, next open on June 21st.
• Crystal Palace: The original glass exhibition hall burnt down in 1936, but Crystal Palace Park remains full of plenty to explore, including a maze, a free museum (11am-4pm, weekends) and the legendary model dinosaurs.
• Chislehurst: Even if it’s raining out, you can explore some of the 22 miles of tunnels at Chislehurst Caves (£6, 10am-4pm, closed Monday & Tuesday) [blogged] on a 45 minute lamplit tour. An underappreciated gem.
• Orpington: The Roman remains at the Crofton Roman Villa (£1.50, 10am-4.30pm, April-October, Wednesday, Friday, bank holiday Mondays and the first Sunday of the month) [blogged] are a rare suburban bargain.
• Downe: Charles Darwin came up with his theory of evolution whilst living at Down House (£10.60, 10am-6pm, closed winter weekdays) [blogged], now open as a museum to the great man courtesy of English Heritage. You owe it to your genes to visit at least once.
• Westerham: A short distance across the border (by 246 bus) explore Quebec House (£5.20, March to October-ish, closed Monday & Tuesday) or even Churchill’s Kent home at Chartwell (£13, 10am-5pm)[blogged] (bus on Sundays only, March-October).
• Croydon: The Museum of Croydon (10.30am-5pm, closed Sunday & Monday) isn’t worth going out of your way for, but sightseeingwise it’s about all the town’s got.
• Shirley: Shirley Windmill, now mid-housing estate, is open to the public on the second Sunday in May and the first Sundays of June to October (1pm-5pm)
• Coulsdon: The Downs to the south of Purley and Coulsdon are some of the finest rambling territory in London [blogged], especially the finger-ridge of Farthing Downs.
• Forest Hill: Possibly London’s most eclectic museum, the Horniman Museum (10.30am-5.30pm) houses a collection of stuffed animals, musical instruments and ethnological treasures, plus some fine gardens to wander outside.
• Dulwich: The Dulwich Picture Gallery (£5, 10am-5pm, closed Mondays) [blogged] was the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery, and is small but perfectly formed (and attached to a surprisingly pastoral village).
• Brixton: Recently restored, Brixton Windmill takes some finding, but opens for guided tours generally on the second weekend of the month from April to October (2pm-4.30pm).
If you have any further thoughts on places you’d go out of your way to visit, especially for those three inner boroughs, please add them in the specific comments box. Strictly no food and drink, no shopping and nothing from Zone 1. And I might add them later.
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- Bloodless Pharaohs (with Brian Setzser pre Stray Cats, late 70s) https://t.co/kWFCGhCwaq via
- That’s 1979 folks, not 2015 …
- Jayne County - New York Underground https://t.co/yG0KsALJXi via “Are You Man Enough To Be A Woman” Live 1979, for Bruce Jenner.
- Some 60s gossip after peeking into Google books. Miss Christine of GTos (and ) used to babysit Frank Zappa’s children.
- GTO’s - The Ghost Chained To The Past, Present And Future https://t.co/aPQ1ubmFJE via
- http://t.co/bZvAaeBDYh - a “groupie group” Misses Pamela, Sparky, Lucy, Christine, Sandra, Mercy, Cynderella .
- Alice Cooper-Cincinnati Pop Festival June 13 1970. https://t.co/FEv8RGTlZm via Awesome, an American word and this is.
- Alice Cooper- rock for the future 1969. /cc
- That predates Einstürzende Neubauten by about 20 years (Alice using a hammer on stage).
- Alice Cooper-Toronto Rock & Roll revival ‘69 Entire Video https://t.co/dX7sxQx311 via Wendy O gaffa-tape and all.
- Sometimes I feel there were two winters, the Johnny who did stuff like Fast Life Rider, then the Johnny who did crowd pleasers like JB Goode
- Johnny Winter - Fast Life Rider - Live https://t.co/u4ShfOC3KH via not as far from Paal Nilssen-Love that you think it might be.
- BBC4 needs to update subtexts on that 70s rock TV. Sadly Winter left.
RIP Johnny Winter. Here’s to the day they play “Fast Life Rider” on TV
- lucky enough to be there 17 years ago, lucky enough to be there this autumn (hopefully, at least I have tickets)
- BBC News - Nicole Kidman to return to London stage after 17 years http://t.co/KYhmR1fElZ
- I fucking love living in London.
- I’ll sit on a wooden bench for Nicole Kidman. £10 tickets PREMIERE tickets booked. Result.
- #nowplaying our own Anneli is back. ♫ http://t.co/6Q9ZnxanzE
Rollo (“so big that no horse could carry him”) was banned from Norway by Harald Fairhair.
- Next series of Vikings. We need outlaws and we need skiing. We need some Sami people, we need Iceland and we need for Rollo to start walking
That’s the complete cast.
I’ll be the one awake by my keyboard until 05:00.
- For x.0 - wait until at least x.0.2, x.1, then wait until x.1.1. By x.2 it’s normally safe.
- For free jazz, motorik krautrock pieces and noise you have to be in that certain mood. But if you happen to be in that mood, it’s just right
- and just my luck: “Due to essential maintenance our online ticketing facility is offline from 2:40am until 5:00am (GMT)”.
- apart from the free jazz, I just might have to go to the theatre again - Nicole Kidman will be back in London Town.
- Peter Brötzmann, Paal Nilssen-Love, Mats Gustafsson. Nilssen-Love plays London next week. ♫ http://t.co/kmhKRZE9tD
- Vikings S03E10. French king’s crown bought at Toys’R’Us, HobbycraftxBurning Man, obvious Trojan horse, no one of importance dies. A drag. 2*
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A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence review – a unique hallucinatory trilogy | Peter Bradshaw’s film of the week
A new darkness of tone pervades the conclusion to Swedish auteur Roy Andersson’s incredible film about the human condition – what strange humans and what disquieting conditions these really are
The pigeon in question is dead; it’s in the first scene of this captivatingly strange and dreamlike film, sitting on a branch in a glass case, stuffed, as part of a museum display. Various pallid characters shuffle around, peering at the exhibits, and we in turn examine them from that deadpan fixed camera position that Swedish writer-director Roy Andersson prefers. These people look dead too; later, one will compare another to a zombie, but this does not really convey how diffident and withdrawn their undead behaviour is.
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- Meades speaks. Jonathan Meades evening talk at V&A next Thursday (30th) http://t.co/pgHNfgeqn0 via
- I’m perverse enough to like that 1974 piece from Pete Shelley. Pete features on my Bloggariddims 31 mix http://t.co/kQ6UPHhjXY
- Penguin UK paperback edition arrives. Handsomely! http://t.co/0nsUTcFu8T
- old enough to remember it (Sun Sparcstation IPC) … back when .com was rare (sites were edu, gov, uk etc)
- NCSA Mosaic, the first web browser with the ability to display text and images inline, was released today in 1993! htt…
- Pete Shelley - Sky Yen [Side A (first part)] https://t.co/nbCodyzArM via Pete Shelley, March 1974(!) on “purpose built oscillator”
- By the time we get to 1979 and “154” (my absolute favourite) Wire have left punk behind.
- what do ya call it? ♫ http://t.co/9RAxKic9wY
- we’re just nitpicking here, even Blondie (Debbie) were proud to call themselves punks, even when “confronted” a few years ago.
- 12XU version of “Live at the Roxy” appeareance makes em punks in my book, even if not their own chosen label now.
- I would rather put that punk turned into a regressive movement, but Wire clearly part of that whole early DIY movement.
- Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll: http://t.co/uIzU3gWFam See also “Rocking Cambodia” http://t.co/dg55G1Od39 (recently on BBC here in UK).
- Bao, Soho, London | http://t.co/CustWDGHrt #ldnhalsplacestoeat (note to self). 5* review in TimeOut London.
- getting this a lot lately “oops something went wrong” http://t.co/FLBoBf0u4q
Gateway is an elegant and eye-catching new theme that recently landed on WordPress.org. Since its release less than a week ago, the theme has already been downloaded more than 1400 times. It’s easy to see why it’s an instant hit – the versatile design is perfect for writers, businesses, or personal sites.
The homepage design for Gateway includes a full-width header background image, a spot for featured posts, and a featured video. All of the theme options can be found in the customizer, including logo upload, accent color and background settings.
Gateway includes a custom page template for the home page as well as a full-width template. 404 pages also have a unique design. The theme includes support for one primary navigation menu and four optional widget areas.
Support for Jetpack Users
Gateway has built-in support for nine different Jetpack features, including contact form, infinite scrolling, post sharing, related posts, site icon, shortcode embeds, carousel, and tiled galleries. If you use any of these features on your site, the theme’s design will integrate theme seamlessly.
Check out a live demo to see Gateway in action with all of the supported Jetpack features activated.
Gateway is Rescue Themes‘ debut on WordPress.org. The theme and plugin shop was founded by Jami Gibbs in May of 2014. Rescue Themes builds products that are specialized for niches and organizations with a particular focus on humanitarian efforts.
“I find Foundation to be easier to selectively include components, keeping the theme lean,” Gibbs said. “I also like the different grid options available, centering columns, offsets, etc. Last but not least, it’s developed in Sass.”
Rescue Themes’ primary avenue of distribution is currently through Themeforest. Gibbs is one of a handful of WordPress theme authors who are trying to make a difference by selling themes that conform to WordPress.org Theme Review standards.
“I know Themeforest hasn’t always been the greatest place to find quality products,” she said. “A few of us are trying though.
“I think a lot of theme devs think they’ve always developed to WP standards and I was among that crowd until I enlisted the help of Emil and Justin’s Themereview.co for the Merch, which I released earlier in the year,” Gibbs said. “Since then, I’ve release another premium theme, Brewery, and now Gateway – all built with those standards in mind.”
To reinforce her knowledge of best practices, Gibbs also volunteers as a reviewer on the WordPress.org Theme Review team. The rigorous process of getting her theme approved took months, but she finds it to be worthwhile both for brand exposure and for giving back to the community.
So far Gateway has been successful at attracting downloads on WordPress.org, and Gibbs plans to release more free themes as time allows. If you want to use the theme and need help getting started, you’ll find solid documentation and demo content available for Gateway on the Rescue Themes website.
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When last we encountered architect Norman Swann he was between bankruptcy and his 75th birthday, still stubbornly ensconced in his family home - a grand residence that shared an address with the Victoria & Albert Museum. The ornery bachelor, now 76, has recently traded South Kensington for New York’s Upper East Side, where he has downsized to a single splendid room - double-height, dentil moldings, crimson walls - in a landmark 1930s building on Madison Avenue. Until 23 May, visitors are welcome to barge in and snoop around.
‘Be a not-so-polite guest - sneak into his private stuff!’ encourages Michael Elmgreen, one half of the Danish-Norwegian artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset, as he reaches for a leather-bound photo album resting not far from a half-drunk cup of tea. ‘The more you look at things, the more curious you will get.’
Despite the ephemera of a life in progress - personal photos (handsome young men, gorgeous buildings) and correspondence, shelves of well-thumbed books (Foucault, Proust, a 39-volume set of Shakespeare’s complete works in miniature) and stacks of yellowing magazines - Swann is not a real person. He is the creation of Elmgreen & Dragset and his bedroom is their latest solo exhibition, on show at Galerie Perrotin.
Entitled ‘Past Tomorrow’ and accompanied by a short book written in the style of a screenplay, it picks up where the artists’ 2013 V&A installation left off, with Swann realising he has little more than maquettes to show for a life that prized utopia over reality, theory over practice, dogmatism over compromise.
‘We were jealous that filmmakers could focus on a few characters and comment on society through those fictional characters, so that’s what we’ve done over the last few years - look at different characters and try to tell their stories and also our stories through their objects, their collections, all of the traces they leave in a domestic setting,’ says Ingar Dragset. ‘It’s quite rare to make a sequel in an art context, but we’re always up for a new challenge.’
Under the hungry gaze of a gilded vulture (dubbed ‘The Critic’, who appears in all Elmgreen & Dragset shows) perched atop Swann’s bed, elements of the artists’ previous projects mingle with clues into their character’s past and present: a ghostly portrait of the architect as a young man, a poster for a 1959 ‘Building for the Masses’ exhibition in Utrecht, a sculptural adaptation of Magritte’s shrouded ‘Lovers’ placed beside a metronome on the piano, a bedside drawer left ajar to reveal protease inhibitors and other antiviral medication.
And if Swann’s shrinking world, with its framed sampler embroidered with a reminder that ‘Home is the place you left,’ is a plush monument to failure, then its creators have succeeded. ‘We love to describe failure - it is such an underestimated virtue in today’s society, where everything counts on success,’ says Elmgreen. ‘Norman didn’t do so well in life, but a lot of interesting things come out of failure.’ Surely Swann wouldn’t have it any other way.
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- The Tories are shipping in young Republicans, who belive the NHS is a commie plot, to bolster their ground campaign: http…
- A recording of a Conny Plank session with jazz-legend Duke Ellington will be released on June 10, 2015 http://t.co/F0O1qIrh…
- ‘Then I went to my hotel and MasterChef was on TV and I was like: Oh this is a dream’. Carey Mulligan in Time out. Bless. /cc
- Annette King: How [UK’s] creative industries became too hard for the world to ignore http://t.co/5XraB8l4Ws I quite liked this from Ms King.
- BBC News - Norway landmark ruling sees five jailed over wolf hunting http://t.co/NXXEgA8oZv Bless this ruling, about time someone got done.
- noctivagation- http://t.co/G02UzElbZf via “act of walking or wandering at night” As used in review of “Night Walking” by M Beaumon
- The eeriness of the English countryside http://t.co/U0IXizmHtG bit late, but this is a brilliant piece of writing from Robert Macfarlane
- XSS Vulnerability Affects More Than a Dozen Popular WordPress Plugins http://t.co/4tP8kGuuf6 via Jetpack, Google Analytics, SEO++
- Thanks. I’ve got the first one, so it’s on the ever expanding list
- Hatton Garden jewellery heist gang ‘have struck before with £8 MILLION raid’ http://t.co/ikF5y6T854 MIGHT have, Berlin two years ago.
- Mad Man would probably have been better if all series were finished before the hype set in (like The Wire).
- “chronically shabby and conscious” AA Gill on the last series of Mad Men. I think he’s correct. Mad Men has been on down since series 4.
- Free Scanner () Ringtones: http://t.co/E1ZyeIlXMH via
- Norway summons Russian Ambassador | Barentsobserver http://t.co/fuotn7Dt1m /cc . Watch this, could turn nasty
- well we (Norway) had it coming. Good thing NRK is showing all those docs about WWII now, hopefully useful for current gov.
- State Duma member Leonid Kalashnikov questions Norway’s sovereignty of Svalbard. http://t.co/edXDujUl37
- Also Bosch is the average TV-series available you can watch on Amazon Prime when you want something light and non-demanding.
- I’ve actually got “The Black Echo” (just moved a notch up on priority list).
- Did this bestselling crime novel inspire Hatton Garden jewel thieves? http://t.co/aXRcF8Yt9w “The Black Echo”, 1st of the Harry Bosch novels
- “The fact remains over the past 25 years the [European] commission has lost just one abuse-of-dominance case”, Sunday Times on Google vs EU.
- but it is China: “Chinese fear return of Mao’s Big Brother”
- http://t.co/Md8OPCqJrj “agencies will have access to every aspect of a person’s life at the click of a keyboard” Sounds like the UK and US?
- St Bernards Croydon movie.m4v https://t.co/zGqwWfEgl7 via A excerpt from a movie about award winning housing projects in London.
Sony’s new Rizzoli-published design book “Sony Design: Making Modern” explores the origins of the company, and traces its path to contemporary success. As most good stories do, Sony’s starts at the beginning with an introductory chapter titled “How Sony Found its Own Voice.” Penned by British writer and director of the Design Museum, London, Deyan Sudjic, the chapter outlines Sudjic’s first memories of Sony’s products, and goes on to discuss how innovations such as the Walkman sparked significant social shifts.
Along with these observations is a practical timeline of Sony’s history, starting with its post World War II founding in 1946. First founded by Masaru Ibuka, the company was originally named Tokyo Tsushin Kenkyujo or Tokyo Telecommunications Research Institute. Perhaps sensing a complementary talent, the then 36-year-old Ibuka partnered with a 23-year-old Akio Morita, whom he’d met during the war while working as part of a military research task force. The duo named their co-business Tsushin Kogyo Company or TKK — a name that would eventually be changed to Sony.
Interestingly enough, Sony’s name change occurred as a byproduct of business expansion. After the founders discovered there was an American company already operating under “Teletech,” and further discovered many Americans simply couldn’t pronounce “Tsushin Kogyo,” they went back to the drawing board. Eventually, they combined “Sonus,” the Latin word for “Sonus” with “Sonny,” a popular way to refer to a young boy in 1950s America.
The first few pieces they produced were items that we might consider inconsequential today: a rudimentary electric rice cooker, a heated blanket with no thermostat attachment, a handful of scientific equipment, etc. However, neither Ibuka nor Morita had any experience creating consumer products, and the pair were working under the constraints of a severely crippled economy. The horrific destruction left in the wake of American bombers had all but leveled former industrial monopolies leaving the country financially hurt, but also providing a slew of industrial niches that needed filling.
In something comparable to the legend of the phoenix, Ibuka and Morita rose from the ashes, heralding in a new age of technology and thinking. And, as Rizzoli illustrates, their legacy holds steadfast today.
You can buy the book here starting April 28.
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Composer & sound designer Robin Rimbaud, aka Scanner, let us know about a collection of ringtones that he’s released as a free download. Here’s what he has to say about the Scanner ringtone collection: I was recently commissioned to compose … Continue reading →
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Electronic musician and multimedia artist FSK1138 (Donald Baynes) shared this collection of 55 free ringtones. Baynes originally released these asa ringtone album via torrent. The ringtones are edits based on other albums. You can find other work by him at the FSK1138 … Continue reading →
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- Where is #Ukip’s support strongest? Where there are no immigrants http://t.co/mzn4zTpPMN http://t.co/Gu6UE4tnG3
- http://t.co/8YAcfAO2J8 Atelier 5 architects in Bern is still a going concern.
- Wake up, Canada: a sanctioned Russian minister showed up without permission on Norway’s arctic Svalbard. http://t.co/59ahoBm…
- BREAKING: Sanctioned Russian Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin landed on Svalbard, Norway. http://t.co/UbAw6hDSvW
- Putin’s chief hooligan , on Western sanctions lists, makes impromptu visit to Norway’s Svalbard peninsula http://t…
- æøå Danish and Norwegian = äöå in Swedish. Different letters (apart from å), same sounds. Iceland seems to have 32 letters …
- There is an underground car park and the St Bernard’s estate can sometimes be viewed as part of
- For sale: 1970s Atelier 5-designed property on the St Bernard’s estate, Croydon, S. London http://t.co/6PngALnl2U http://t.c…
- Umlauts/diacritics not part of 29-letter alphabets, but still used like in the word distré (distrait, new to me in English)
- Been to a couple of the at the Atelier 5 designed St Bernard’s in Croydon and it’s a nice development. Rare chance.
- On the market: 1970s Atelier 5-designed property on the St Bernard’s estate, Croydon, South London http://t.co/KZocpTOJ2I via
- #NowPlaying http://t.co/TxNMTmjox1
- Only difference between ø and ö is their origin, we use ø, the Swedes use ö. The Americans none of these, apart from citizens of Lindström.
- Lindström Loses Umlauts on Road Signs, and the Town is Dotted With Displeasure http://t.co/zdW8Dmin39 /cc
- cynophobia http://t.co/Bg68J5O4Hr via - fear of dogs as used in The Times on Angela Merkel: “famously cynophobic”
- Diaphanous - used to describe cloth that is very thin and light http://t.co/qGWrSbodaG as used by Alastair Sooke on a greek sculpture
- Barbican in July - Sly and Robbie meet Norwegian nu-jazz (Molvær, Aarset) http://t.co/r47ubTJ7lN via
- http://t.co/gxExQKIUPv The Classical Revolution (Treasures of Ancient Greece E02). Alastair Sooke soothes the night in. 4*
- Vikings S03E08 and S03E09. Invading Christian Paris with some minor sideplods in Essex and Kattegat. No major character died, but better. 3*
- and looking at http://t.co/bGtCoqST8c those Arena mags alone are a potential goldmine.
- or maybe not. I still regret getting rid of a years worth of Andy Warhol’s Interview mag for around £50 when we last moved house.
- Time to let go? My youth + some in form of almost complete mid 80s to late 90s The Face and Arena mags. eBay I guess. http://t.co/u0AfflzSdT
- Free to read: How Google found itself ‘on the wrong side of history’ http://t.co/HHdk4sYSPS http://t.co/klQa3FCGhO
- “I spat out the phrase ‘ruination day,’ and then that was that.” — http://t.co/AFxml2wANe #quotes http://t.co/q…
- “No sooner had [sea trout] fishing conditions looked favourable than I had been kidnapped and shot in Syria”. Anthony Lloyd in The Times.
- #nowplaying “Liberetto” album ♫ http://t.co/Io6pv0Ti2E
Huge thanks to Katrina Navickas for letting us know about this 1970s Atelier 5-designed property on the St Bernard’s estate, Croydon, South London, which is currently up for sale.
It’s a game of two halves really, with the positive very much the house itself, which is part of a rather interesting development. The house is one of an award-winning group produced by Wates Limited in 1972.
The design is loosely based on a modernist development in Switzerland (the Halen in Berne), which was the work of Atelier 5. They immediately got the commission to do the the same thing in Croydon – 21 houses in total.
A larger second development was planned but never happened due to the economy of the day, so those 21 remain an isolated glimpse of what might have been. They also come up for sale now and again. This one has, but it is heavily modernised. That’s not the case for all the houses in the group, but the one here has been cleaned out of most original features, although the distinctive design remains.
The layout is unusual, with a grounds floor offering up a large reception room and kitchen area plus WC, with the lower floor featuring two bedrooms, a dressing room and a bathroom.
Outside you will find a shed and a storage room, a front court years and a rear garden. There’s also an allocated parking space, which we think is beneath the development.
A glimpse at a possible future of housing at the turn of the 1970s, you can live here for around £440,000. You can watch a video about the development here.
Images and details courtesy of Pedder. For more information and to make an enquiry, please visit their website.
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- On vinyl, Cocteau Twins AND Harold Budd. ♫ http://t.co/BnSvnmcUW3
- Norsk stjernearkitekt hyller Instagram-trenden http://t.co/OKTCVP2Zcr Not surprisingly Tommie Wilhelmsen is inpired by John Lautner.
- Bye bye stupid Magic Mouse.
- Mac OS 10.10.x (Yosemite) and Logitech M558 now works exactly as I want it to thanks to Logitech Options v5.00.450. Scroll wheel & gestures.
- Arkitektens hjem http://t.co/uDW9usT1Sc Home of the architects E01 (in Norwegian) Tommie Wilhelmsen. Not cliché free (IKEA kitchen, Lego).
Grand Rapids, Mich., psych-rock trio Heaters will issue the Mean Green seven-inch, their first release for the Brooklyn-based Beyond Beyond Is Beyond label, on April 28. Until then, they offer the trippy title track for free download. Taking noticeable influence from Ty Segall and related acts, “Mean Green” is a fuzzy wall of sound. Download […]
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Shaved heads have come in and out of fashion over the past few decades, but some people don’t have the option of allowing their locks to grow. Thankfully, for those who do suffer from hair loss, or alopecia, help may be at hand. Somewhat counter-intuitively an effective treatment for baldness may come from plucking a certain number of hairs – in a specific formation – from the scalp.
Hair follicles – the skin organ responsible for hair growth – contain stem cells that constantly divide, they are the driving force behind new hair growth. A healthy hair follicle produces about six inches of hair every year, but if the follicle stem cells malfunction and stop dividing, hair growth ceases and conditions such alopecia are observed.
Androgenic alopecia – or male pattern baldness – is the most common form of hair loss and will effect around two-thirds of men and one-third of women during their lifetime.
Our recent study, published in Cell, and completed on a mouse model, is unique because it not only studies the regeneration of a single hair follicle, but focuses on the regrowth of several follicles that had previously been effected by alopecia.
We demonstrated that plucking a few properly arranged hairs can trigger regeneration of hair follicles stem cells in up to five times more neighbouring, un-plucked surrounding hairs.
It is not surprising that follicle stem cell injury – caused by plucking – can cause a regeneration response. But, generally the stimulation of one stem cell through injury is only thought to cause regeneration in that stem cell alone. Triggering the regeneration of a whole head of hair in this way would be highly inefficient. But can the regeneration response of several stem cells be triggered by stimulating only a few key cells or signals?
Decision making in stem cell populations
Recently, we accidentally discovered that regeneration could occur through a collective decision-making process. By plucking the correct number of hairs with a proper arrangement, up to five times more neighbouring, unplucked resting hairs were activated to regrow. But if the number of plucked hairs was below a threshold, no hairs regenerated.
This type of regeneration is an all-or-nothing process which is dependent on the signals produced by a fraction of hairs being plucked, and is an example of the process known as “quorum sensing”.
Quorum sensing can be thought of as a decision-making process which is dependant on certain criteria being met within a population. Signalling molecules are released by each stimulated component of the population, the more components that are stimulated the more signal molecules are released. As the elements in the system are able sense the number of signal molecules released by the population as a whole, they can also sense the degree of stimulation. When a certain threshold of stimulation is reached, a collective response from the components in the system will follow.
The process of quorum sensing has been used to describe bacteria cell-to-cell communication, where the expression of certain genes is coordinated between many bacteria in response to environmental factors such as an increase in the presence of bacterial toxins. Quorum sensing has also been used successfully to explain the behaviour of social insects such as ants and honey bees for their collective decision-making.
Cast and count
But in reality, how does the population of hair follicles “cast and count its vote” in quorum sensing?. First, there is a stimulus – such as hair plucking, which stimulates follicle stem cells – to some, but not all, hair follicles. Second, the plucked hair sends out a signal to surrounding cells. Third, the group of cells gauges the intensity of signal from its surroundings. Finally, a local decision is made within the population in an all-or-nothing fashion: if enough hairs have been plucked, mass hair regrowth will occur, but if not, there will be no response at all.
In the most simple cases of quorum sensing, the signal molecule spreads by diffusion from the secreting cell. But it was found that the signals being released by plucked hair follicles were travelling further than could be achieved by simple diffusion, suggesting that a something more complicated was involved.
Molecular and genetic analysis revealed that the signals were transmitted through a two-step immune response, triggered by the plucking of the hair follicle. First injured hair follicle stem cells will release a small signal molecule, this recruits a specific cell type involved in the immune response called a macrophage. This then secretes a signal molecule involved in the immune response called a cytokine, which acts directly on surrounding hair follicle cells by stimulating various cellular regeneration signal pathways.
Repair and regeneration
This work shows that a quorum-sensing system can sense cell injury and use immune response to quantify how much damage has occurred. The stem cell population then disregards the stimulus if the minimum number of hairs has not been plucked, or responds to it with a full-scale regenerative response in many hair follicles when a threshold is reached.
This finding also is important in the field of regeneration medicine as a whole. We believe that the quorum-sensing behaviour principle is likely to be present in the regeneration of tissue and organs beyond the skin. Using such efficient regenerative strategies opens a new window in treating hair loss as well as many other degenerative disorders.
Cheng-Ming Chuong has receive funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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- So painting your house in protest seems to be a “thing” now.
- Al Capone has been accused of breaching an ASBO, and lives in a bright pink house http://t.co/6Myc8uafq3 via
- bless’em : “It’s also attracting tourists. It’s unnecessary”
- neither had I until today (thanks ). I think she’s excellent.
- Then: Fad Gadget. Now: Fad Diet.
- There’s a more than a hint of Colder (the artist) in my Marie. ♫ Shaky Leg – Marie Davidson http://t.co/nwUML6tAQ7
- BBC News - Is the West losing its edge on defence? http://t.co/6guBT8v6U4
- that seems a fair statement.
- I do like eggs, but this year’s #masterchef has seen to many encased soft-boiled eggs.
- “The City & the City” by China Miéville just might be an allegory on the super-rich non-doms living in London. To be unseen.
- Mumford & Sons have refused to join the Tidal streaming service. Finally a good news story for Tidal.
- Time to trim the hair in my ears (getting old). Static electricity built up sitting on a bloody carpet. Discharged through a snap in my ear.
- Brilliant this is. ♫ Balade Aux USA – Marie Davidson http://t.co/Wkr4aidbYi
- Topical. One of Roxy Music’s weaker albums. ♫ Manifesto - 1999 Digital Remaster – Roxy Music http://t.co/6hRsLe9yUW
- Marie Davidson, might be right up your street if you haven’t already heard her. New album also on Spotify https://t.co/OronV6Ubef
- Thanks, very nice, already available from , sounding somewhat like Cristina backed by DAF.
- #NowPlaying ♫ Un Autre Voyage – Marie Davidson http://t.co/swMgLJfCCV
- What So even as late as 2013 that the total for dedicated digital cameras were HIGHER than the analogue camera peaks in 1997 and 1998.
- Post: Amazing chart of how camera production has changed when accounting for smartphones. http://t.co/PNWOTonjSJ http://t.co/IfwU…
- Hatton Garden raid: The mystery deepens http://t.co/saSaJ7e1Ou
- Look No Barbican
Golden Lane Estate 1965 by
- Secret history of Monopoly: board game’s leftwing origins http://t.co/9uYxO0j5h6 Lizzy Magie created Monopoly, never gets the credit.
- Jonathan Meades appearing on the Ekoplekz mix, sounding almost evil - like Vincent Price on Alice Cooper’s “Welcome to my Nightmare”.
- .’s FACT mix is a journey through off-world electronics, hoarse electro and more: http://t.co/f21Jk1Ikkz http://t.co/…
- James Caan on Thief: https://t.co/Z879C0KqSD via Sounds like that drilling done by Caan was proper.
- Thief - Opening Scene: https://t.co/sKslDC8Vyo via One of the best opening scenes in cinema. Music: ‘Diamond Diary’/Tangerine Dream
- https://t.co/DfQq7TOZvm Hilti DD 350 will look good in updated version of “Thief”.
- Hilti DD-350: https://t.co/UAgvsGNL0D via The drill used and then left at the crime scene by the Hatton Garden thieves.
- Good luck. Last night’s episode was more party game than cookery show.
- “A compendium of every contrary cliché”. AA Gill on “Bloodline”.
Struck off the list then.
- Maps Mania: Mapping Norway’s War Dead http://t.co/qsDX5axTEI
- Våre falne - Disse døde for Norge. http://t.co/uEacQgq9NB #vg Min navnefar, Halvard (Halvor) Halvorsen 1900-1943, krigseiler (war sailor).
- What’s fascinating with this album (and many other folk records) is that someone recorded practioners as early as 1… http://t.co/JANqPyz9BL
- http://t.co/TMfzMRZN7f traditional magic short songs by “Forest-Finns” http://t.co/5iyMuIjZrf as sung by Sinnika Langeland.
Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang has mapped the 11,724 Norwegians killed during the Second World War. Her Døde Nordmennene Under Andre Verdenskrig uses the Mapbox platform to show the locations where Norwegians were killed during World War II.
Once you press the play button on the map the locations of Norwegians killed during the war are added to the map in chronological order. As the war dead
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- What’s going on with scheduling? All days apart from Saturday, starting anytime from 19:30 to 21:00. Next on Sunday at 19:30.
- #NowPlaying “Elle Sait Ou Elle Va” by BJ Cole from Trouble In Paradise stunning, C&W meets “Oh Superman”
- #NowPlaying “The Interloper” by BJ Cole from Trouble In Paradise or is it “Hello Herr Czukay”?
♫ The Interloper http://t.co/lSLr1zlzxc
- London’s Empty Luxury Homes Draw Election Penalty Vow http://t.co/snZpJfwcdV via no neigbours, no residents association
- Testing white Logitech M558 as my new default mouse (it has a scrollwheel) as Apple’s Magic Mouse is anything but when it comes to scrolling
- 10.10.3 simply adds two-factor auth to “Internet Accounts”, that is allow your Mac’s apps to access your Google Mail/Contacts/Calendar.
- I thought Mac OS X 10.10.3 would enable to add two-factor auth to the login screen (ie use password+code to get into Mac). It does not.
- Helge Lund: The man who could make £25m on the BG/Shell deal http://t.co/loYFsiBgzy Golden hello, platinum goodbye after just a few months.
Big in Japan, Baracuta plays on its long-standing popularity with three limited edition G9 harrington jackets. A trio of top retailers, Isetan, Ships and Edifice each get a turn at modernizing their very own model with a contemporary touch. Isetan take a water repellent outer and add an “Umbrella” back vent and a jazzy floral print lining from iconic Liberty of London. Ships G9 swaps classic ribbed cuffs with the G4’s adjustable version, adding a traditional “Chapman” Blue Tartan cotton inside. Finally, Edifice sticks to the jackets basic form, adding a single addition in the form of a smart cotton popeline lining from British shirt maker Thomas Mason. All made in England, Baracuta offer these updates via their website, avoiding any “Japan Only” tears.
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- flatulent http://t.co/w8D3qAAlbn via can also mean “bloated” as in “flatulent prose” (Th Dalrymple in The Times 20150404).
- http://t.co/24NLexrE71 Blemmya - men “having a mouth in their chest and eyes in their shoulders” add ridiculously lengthy pubic hair
- Persiflage - frivolous/flippant style of treating a subject http://t.co/GfLPuf99y7 via As used by Jeremy Paxman in The Times.
- Google Ngram Viewer: ‘[persiflage]’, ‘[Persiflage]’, 1800-2008 in English. https://t.co/Kzy0B2iQ0Q
- £622m sales a year but Kellogg’s pays next to no tax in Britain http://t.co/05ucdKA3w1 via (via Sunday Times article)