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Frank Cattrall, 62, said the hole in the road ruined his Renault's suspension, but when Essex County Council denied responsibility, he said out to prove them wrong. The retiree, from Colchester, obtained information under the Freedom of Information Act that showed that the large pothole had been reported to the council three months beforehand. Armed with details, he took the council to the small claims court and now a judge at Colchester County Court has ordered the council to pay for the car repairs and Mr Cattrall's costs.

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10 Influential Fashion Designers You’ve Probably Never Heard Of It’s curious to wonder why some designer’s legacies are preserved and others fall to the wayside. Is it the lack of PR, no heir to the design house or were they just bad designers? While certain designers of the past are remembered today for their ingenuity or are attributed with the "invention" of a particular garment, such as Mary Quant and the miniskirt, scores of designers--like Redfern, Lucile or Mainbocher--who were widely influential in their time have seemingly been forgotten. The task of resurrecting these legacies thus falls upon the fashion historian, so sit back for a mini fashion history lesson of 10 fashion designers you've probably never heard of but should definitely know. For more fashion history by Part Nouveau, click here.

Plants can hear themselves being eaten - and become defensive when attacked Researchers from the University of Missouri found plants respond to attackThey discovered the sound of caterpillars eating made them more defensivePlants that heard caterpillar sounds released more mustard oils, which are unappealing to caterpillars and thus ward them offBut plants that heard the wind, despite having a similar acoustic sound, knew not to waste their defensive capabilitiesThis suggests plants are able to identify sounds in their environment By Jonathan O'Callaghan Published: 12:30 GMT, 2 July 2014 | Updated: 13:58 GMT, 2 July 2014 Most people don't give a second thought when tucking into a plate of salad. But perhaps we should be a bit more considerate when chomping on lettuce, as scientists have found that plants actually respond defensively to the sounds of themselves being eaten. The researchers at the University of Missouri (MU) found that plants can identify sounds nearby, such as the sound of eating, and then react to the threats in their environment.

The Stories That Only Artists Can Tell  Here is a pitch for artists to write their own stories, their autobiographies, because there aren't many fine artists who have done so. A handful have -- including Thomas Hart Benton, Man Ray, James Rosenquist, Leroy Neiman, Larry Rivers, Margaret Bourke-White, Eric Fischl, Anne Truitt (if you count her published diary entries), Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali (neither of whose books were intended to be revealing, so they hardly count at all) -- and occasionally some artists have written essays for catalogues (usually about their art). However, the most important artists of the past century or so have been content to let others write about them. Why does that matter? A couple of reasons: First, it seems to me that artists talk about different things when describing themselves than do their biographers and commentators.

Can Feminists Like Fashion? - Forbes Céline 2012 Runway Feminism and fashion have always had a rocky relationship, a point hammered home in an article in Ms. magazine’s January issue, “If The Clothes Fit: A Feminist Take On Fashion.” The piece explores the tumultuous role that fashion has historically played in gender politics—both serving as a medium for the advancement of women, and as a weapon of restraint. It’s hard to deny the key role that fashion has played in the women’s movement. The Ms. article points to New York City women garment workers in the early 20th century who wore hats to signify that they were earning their own money, and thus financially independent. Women in the 1980s adopted a male style of dress (ties, tailored skirt suits, shoulder pads) in order to gain a foothold in the male dominated world of business.

What are the Fallacy Files? I began collecting and studying logical fallacies about twenty-five years ago, when I first became interested in logic. This collection took two forms: A collection of named fallacies—such as "ad hominem"—that is, types of bad reasoning which someone has thought distinctive and interesting enough to name and describe. New research on plant intelligence may forever change how you think about plants The Intelligent Plant. That is the title of a recent article in The New Yorker — and new research is showing that plants have astounding abilities to sense and react to the world. But can a plant be intelligent? Some plant scientists insist they are — since they can sense, learn, remember and even react in ways that would be familiar to humans. Michael Pollan, author of such books as "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "The Botany of Desire," wrote the New Yorker piece about the developments in plant science.

The Eccentric Artwork of Rebecca Horn If Rebecca Horn is not a cult artist, it’s hard to define what we mean by ‘cult artist’. But the truth is that Horn isn’t really viewed as a cult artist at all. From her distinctive looks, to her body of work that spans five decades and includes whispering Chinese voices in the dark, rattling hanging typewriters, Donald Sutherland dancing with snakes, and a woman wandering around with a horn protruding from her headpiece, Horn’s career is brimming with the kind of eccentric material that would normally see an artist labelled ‘cult.’ Horn, born in Germany during the latter stages of the Second World War, sits alongside Joseph Beuys and Anselm Kiefer as one of her nations greatest contemporary artists. Like Kiefer, it is easy to point to her homelands tumultuous recent history as providing a backdrop for her art, particular in light of her attempt to recreate Germany’s past for Skulptor Projekte Munster.

H&M: Product Strategy Product H&M proves to be good at producing cheap products of reasonable quality, inspired by the latest catwalk trends. With daily new products in store, the H&M has a unique selling proposition, competing with – as H&M states- every other fashion company. Offering a broad range of product for a broad range of people, H&M seems to be doing well. Innovation H&M is very innovative and has extremely fast and numerous NPD cycles.

Lynch, Guide to Grammar and Style — A A or An. Use an in place of a when it precedes a vowel sound, not just a vowel. That means it's “an honor” (the h is silent), but “a UFO” (because it's pronounced yoo eff oh). The Intelligent Plant We’ll send you a reminder. Your reminder will be sent In 1973, a book claiming that plants were sentient beings that feel emotions, prefer classical music to rock and roll, and can respond to the unspoken thoughts of humans hundreds of miles away landed on the New York Times best-seller list for nonfiction. The Gravity Defying Paintings of Jacek Yerka I’m a big fan of the surreal art of Hieronymus Bosch (for me, Bosch was the first surrealist before surrealism was even a thing), and Polish surrealist Jacek Yerka says Bosch was one of the reasons he decided to throw himself full pelt into art, after seriously considering a career in astronomy. You can actually see his love of both astronomy and Bosch in his wonderfully odd paintings that defy gravity; bedrooms are turned upside down, 15th century Flemish towns are uprooted from the ground by giant stony heads, whilst libraries suspend reservoirs. It’s all delightfully playful, hints at mystery and myths, whilst pooling dreams for subject matter and Dutch renaissance art for technical inspiration.

H&M's latest campaign features the hijab, a transgender model and an amputee ... H&M has added to its global status with the introduction of an impressive new video for its latest campaign. In a bid to combat the brand's reputation as a waste-producing giant, the Close The Loop campaign advocates the importance of recycling your clothing. It even goes so far as to dub it the only rule of fashion. BIG call.

William Shakespeare 400th anniversary: 60 everyday words and phrases you never knew came from the playwright 23 April 2016: the day that marks 400 years since the death of playwright William Shakespeare. The Bard’s legacy is still strongly felt around the world, with his influence upon the English language showing little sign of relenting. Even those who never want to hear his name again after studying the tragedies at school must accept that Shakespeare is everywhere. His plays are still widely considered the pinnacle and his mastery of words continues to impress and inspire. Only recently has Benedict Cumberbatch tackled arguably the most challenging of Shakespeare’s roles, Hamlet, on the London stage, while Michael Fassbender won critical acclaim as Macbeth in last year’s big screen adaptation. There is an exciting range of events planned up and down the country to commemorate the 400th anniversary this month, from plays and classical concerts to TV specials and historical walks.

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