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Rhodri Marsden's Interesting Objects: The Nessler Permanent Wave Machine — This week in 1909, 34-year-old Karl Nessler unveiled a machine which, he believed, would change women's lives forever. On 8 October, a gathering of specially invited hair professionals assembled at his salon at 245 Oxford Street (now the Sierra Leone High Commission) to watch a six-hour process that would transform the hair of his wife, Katharina, into a "soft, wavy mass".

Letter from the editor: We’re proud of our Syria coverage, but not all news is bad — There was a lovely moment on the BBC's This Week on 1 October, presented by Andrew Neil, when Alan Johnson, the greatest Labour prime minister that never was, was asked his view of the options facing the West in Syria.

Crispr: Scientists' hopes to win Nobel prize for gene-editing technique at risk over patent dispute — There are no prizes for coming second, at least no Nobel prizes which is why everyone's eyes will be on Stockholm next week when the greatest accolades in science will be announced. Hot favourites for the chemistry prize are two scientists widely credited with discovering a revolutionary gene-editing technique that is changing the scientific landscape of everything from genetic medicine to the development of new crops and bio-products.
Oct 03, 2015

Why CRISPR patent dispute might affect Nobel nominations next week…

Tories have reasons to be fearful in Manchester amid looming EU referendum and leadership manoeuvres — It is not too ugly a caricature to say that the Conservatives like a good party, and as they gather for their conference, they have plenty enough excuse to drain Manchester's stocks of champagne dry. For this was a party conference that seemed destined to be a wake.

Aston Villa pitch invasion: FA contact Villa and West Brom after launching investigation into FA Cup crowd trouble — The Football Association has launched an investigation into the crowd incidents at the FA Cup quarter-final tie between Aston Villa and West Brom on Saturday by asking both clubs for their observations.

Macbeth trail in the Scottish highlands and islands: King, Cawdor, Glamis, all — For those of us not in the film industry, the words "on location" are steeped in glamour. For the cast of the new film adaptation of Macbeth, the notion of glamour is probably not at the top of their minds when they remember shooting on the Isle of Skye in the depths of a wild, wind-whipped winter. £25m worth of shares is a complicated gift — The headline is obvious: no crying in Kamani clan after brother's gift. The fashion retailer's founder and co-chief executive Mahmud Kamani has handed Nurez Kamani and a trust for the latter's children 6.8 per cent of his company.
Oct 02, 2015 founder's £25m gift of shares to family could get complicated. My final column piece…

Katherine The Great loses a battle but not yet the war — This is not yet the fall of "Katherine the Great". Katherine Garrett-Cox is simply stepping aside as chief executive of Alliance Trust to the lesser role of running its fund-management arm. But her departure from the board marks an important step for the under-performing investment trust, and to keep hold of her new role she will have to oversee an improvement in performance.

Arsene Wenger: Arsenal manager threatens to walk out of press conference after being asked about Ospina and Mourinho jibe — Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger threatened to walk out of his weekly press conference today after being questioned about his team selection for the 3-2 Champions League defeat by Olympiakos this week, and comments from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho. Wenger rested goalkeeper Petr Cech for that match and brought in David Ospina instead.

The buyouts are pricey - but services need the money PFI has siphoned off — The expansion of the private finance initiative under the Labour governments led by Tony Blair and Gordon Brown is rapidly being exposed as one of their more damaging legacies. It has produced a stream of scandals, as badly negotiated contracts leading to millions being paid to the private parts of the public-private partnerships have been exposed.
Oct 02, 2015

The private finance initiative. A rip off, makes banks profits from public cash and my head ache. My Indy column…

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Sep 28, 2015

RT @IndyVoices: We're all taking on the super-rich - whether in Brick Lane or Berkshire, says @gracedent

Sep 26, 2015

RT @lisamarkwell: Olive has gone missing in NW6 near Tiverton Park. PLEASE RT. My number is on her collar

Sep 24, 2015

RT @ESgoingout: The Cinnamon Club offers dishes like "a chain pub’s version of a pie" and "Pret Vegetable Crisps" says @gracedent:

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