Author: Jennifer Kee

Northern lights shine on Nordic cuisine

Is the prospect of a furniture shop in Ikea ever made that much more enticing by the prospect of tucking into a plate of those succulent Swedish meatballs? Well if your answer is a resounding ‘YES’ you may want to think about expanding your taste buds’ Nordic horizons to other possibilities offered by the expanse of Scandinavian cuisine. Already enjoying acclaim in foodie circles from Copenhagen’s two-star Michelin restaurant Noma, named best restaurant in the world of 2011, the popularity of our Nordic neighbours’ culinary tendencies are quickly catching on here. The Scandinavian Kitchen in Marylebone already provides a...

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Coach crash in Switzerland kills 28, including 22 children

Belgium is mourning the deaths of 28 people killed, including 22 children, when the coach they were travelling on struck a tunnel wall in the Swiss Alps on Tuesday. The group of 11 to 12 year old students from two Belgian schools were returning from a skiing trip in Val d’Anniviers, and a further 24 children were hospitalised. The head-on collision occurred shortly after 9pm on Tuesday night near Sierre, close to the Italian border. Relatives were flown to Switzerland with some not certain of the fate of their children. The Belgian Prime Minster called this a “black day...

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Katrantzou’s Crowning Glory

  Mary Katrantzou has a great deal to smile about. Not only has her third collaboration with high street giant Topshop unleashed mayhem in stores and online today with the collection already mostly sold out but she also has another collaboration with luxe Parisian label Langchamp due for release later this year. Her capsule collection for Topshop consists of 10 pieces covering blouses, dresses and skirts, each smothered with her trademark graphic print of loud colours and shout-out prints. Now a name synonymous with the lampshade, or Ming vase, skirts, her creations have long been showcased by fashionista Alexa...

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Burberry shows Milan how it’s done

As Milan Fashion Week closed its doors on January 17th, what better time than now to marvel over the offerings from ye olde Brit Brand Burberry, proudly rustled up to fly the Union Jack amidst the flurry of home-grown Italian spectacle. Parades of country-meets-city gentleman characters emerged to characterise the brand’s Prorsum menswear trends for Autumn / Winter 2012-13. The luxury fashion house’s chief designer Christopher Bailey harked back to his True-Brit roots from the northern provinces of the country in order to charm the front row with his creations influenced by the English genteel-man’s wardrobe. Monochrome gingham prints...

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Prosperity and Preservation

In 2004 Liverpool finally got the recognition it was both craving, deserved and needed, being awarded World Heritage Status, ranking it alongside the Taj Mahal and Stonehenge. Now the U.N is looking at stripping Liverpool of its newly found lifeline, due to expansive new development plans. It seems to be the old conundrum of preservation of the past or development of a new age, and how both can co-exist in harmony within the city. It is without doubt that the rich history of Liverpool’s buildings must be preserved, but it is in new development that it can be feasible...

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