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Issue 12 - Gold

Issue 12 - Gold

Tracy Chapman

Mondongo

Solar Power

Polar Travellers

Alternative Currencies

Madrid Fashion

Harvest In A Jar

Measures Of Success

A Brunello Christmas

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Agnès Jaoui, together with real-life partner and actor Jean-Pierre Bacri, has become a bona fide creative power-house, writing, acting in and directing her films. After the moving and feel- good comedy of manners The Taste of Others (Le Goût des Autres) and the darker but stinging Look at Me (Comme une Image), comes Let’s Talk About the Rain, co-written and co-starring the aforementioned Bacri... 

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Is solar energy really at the top of the pecking order in the renewables family? Not according to the construction industry, it isn’t. But the guys looking to invest in energy futures disagree. So where to turn if the lights go out?

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You can’t hide from the words ‘credit’, ‘crunch’ and the dreaded r-word – ‘recession’. These terms seem to get sucked into every news story lately. The art world is described as ‘disgustingly decadent’ as Damien Hirst’s pickled sharks sell for millions, when surely this is art’s version of Malcolm McLaren’s and The Sex Pistols’ Great Rock and Roll Swindle. It’s a way of prizing out some ill-gotten gains from Russian oligarchs.

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I’m going to be 30, in eight months to the day. I am in a funny bit of life where my contemporaries have had ten or fifteen years to follow different paths, since the relative common ground of school. We all seemed so similar for a long time, with university, first jobs, first relationships. Then suddenly, some are gallivanting around the world with a man in every port, some have mortgages, huge building projects and new babies, and others are emerging as fully fledged professionals. We’re all taking sideways glances at each other’s lives and wondering if we’re ‘succeeding’, but gradually coming to terms with the fact that there is no one criterion to measure ourselves against. Well, I hope we all are; I am.

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The rise in Private Security Contractors has been swift in the wake of the Iraq war, bringing huge returns for those who can handle the job. But is there a danger that PSC's are making war a private matter?