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The Art of Portraiture

February 25, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for New Statesman William Ellis talks us through some his finest portraits. What makes a great portrait is open to conjecture. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, showcased at the National Portrait Gallery, is a fine example of the subtleties and nuances of a meaningful portrait. Each shot is not just technically […]

Average household spend down £9 per week

February 25, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for New Statesman  Asda income tracker shows a further decline in spending power. The average UK household has £9 per week less spending power in January 2012 than they did 12 months previously, according to the latest Asda Income Tracker. On average, households had £147 a week of discretionary income in […]

Al-Jazeera English is surprise RTS choice for news channel of the year award

February 25, 2012

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written by Rob Pollard for New Statesman Al-Jazeera provided “essential viewing for insight and understanding of the evolving story” in the Middle East. Al-Jazeera English has picked up the news channel of the year award at the Royal Television Society journalism awards, beating Sky News and BBC News to scoop the prize. The awards didn’t […]

RBS announces its fourth consecutive annual loss

February 23, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for New Statesman Bank dealing with “the largest balance sheet risk time bomb ever assembled in history”. RBS has announced a loss of £2bn for 2011, nearly double the £1.1bn loss the bank made in the previous year. It is the fourth annual loss the bank has posted since its government […]

1 in 3 directors think risk of recession is “high or very high”

February 23, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for New Statesman New data released by IoD reveals many of Britain’s top bosses fear double-dip. A third of Britain’s top businesses fear there is a “high or very high” risk of a double-dip recession this year, according to data published this morning. The Institute of Directors (IoD) have released results […]

Rick Santorum portrait: the gay porn edition

February 23, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for New Statesman Picture of GOP candidate made entirely from pornographic thumbnails. Rick Santorum has had a lot to say about the rights of gay people. He has openly denounced homosexuality, strongly opposed gay marriage and called for gay people to be excluded from the American military. According to the sweater-vest-wearing […]

Video: Obama sings the blues

February 23, 2012

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written by Robert Pollard for New Statesman Another fine performance from the president. Following on from his version of Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together in New York last month (see below), President Obama has now moved on to the blues. Last night at the White House he gave us another impromptu song, performing Sweet Home […]