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Jordan, the face of punk: 'The things I wore made people apoplectic'

She was the rubber-knickered peroxide bombshell who put the sex into the Pistols. Now she’s written a memoir of her years causing outrage at the heart of punk There’s a photograph of Jordan Mooney, standing outside the clothes shop Sex, that perfectly encapsulates her extraordinary impact. Sex was Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s London boutique, which sold their designs along with fetishwear. It is also where in-house band the Sex Pistols were incubated.Jordan was more than a shop assist...
Tags: Books, Fashion, Music, London, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, Culture, Pop and rock, Punk, Young People, Vivienne Westwood, Autobiography and memoir, Sex Pistols, Jordan, Social history


Unknown Daphne du Maurier poems discovered behind photo frame

Poems believed to have been written by the Rebecca author in her 20s were found by auctioneers before a sale of intimate lettersA handful of youthful poems by Daphne du Maurier have been found in an archive of letters, with two previously unknown discovered hidden behind a photograph frame.The two unknown poems were found tucked underneath a photo of a young Du Maurier in a swimming costume standing on rocks, which was part of an archive of more than 40 years of correspondence between the author...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Poetry, Life and style, UK News, Rebecca, Culture, Daphne du Maurier, Collecting, Du Maurier, Maureen Baker Munton, Baker Munton, Kristen Continue


From the joke shop to the high street: why poo is no longer taboo

It’s celebrated in emojis, party bags and board games, piled on cup cakes and meringues – and there’s even a museum dedicated to it. How did we get here?‘I was a little hesitant about setting up the National Poo Museum,” begins Daniel Roberts, co-creator of the Isle of Wight’s most intriguing new tourist destination. “I thought, am I going to be socially contaminated? Are people going to point at me? Am I going to become Mr Poo?”He needn’t have worried. The museum’s exhibits – encased in balls o...
Tags: Toys, Children, Life and style, Shops and shopping, Emoji, Roberts, Wight, Daniel Roberts


Fifty shades of white: the long fight against racism in romance novels

For decades, the world of romantic fiction has been divided by a heated debate about racism and diversity. Is there any hope of a happy ending? By Lois BeckettLast year, the Strand Bookstore in New York convened an all-star panel titled Let’s Woman-Splain Romance! The line to get in the door stretched down the block, and the room was thrumming with glee even before the panel started. This was not an audience that needed to be told that smart women read romance novels, or that the genre could be ...
Tags: Books, New York, Sex, Fiction, Race, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Alyssa, Beverly Jenkins, Strand Bookstore, Alisha Rai, Romance Books, Lois BeckettLast


David Bailey: 'Deneuve said it's great we're divorced – now we can be lovers!'

As he powers into his 80s, the photographer recalls shooting everyone from Kate Moss to Andy Warhol, shares his regrets over voting leave – and reveals how Gordon Brown pulled a fast one on him‘You look knackered,” says David Bailey, greeting me at his studio. It’s up a small mews and sprawls so casually across two floors that it still feels like the 60s inside. “Look at you,” he says. “Your buttons aren’t even done up right.” I look down at my jacket: that bit is true. But I tell him: “I’m not ...
Tags: Art, Books, Photography, Fashion, London, Celebrity, Life and style, Society, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Kate Moss, Andy Warhol, Gordon Brown, Social history, David Bailey


I'm a Barbie girl in a digital world: Chips with Everything podcast

To celebrate 60 years of Barbie, Jordan Erica Webber looks back at some of the key moments in the history of the world-famous doll, and examines how Barbie became a representative of the tech worldThis month, Barbie turns 60. Beloved by generations of children, over the past decade her manufacturer, Mattel, also saw the need to introduce Barbie to the digital world. Barbie wasn’t just the star of her own video games and movies. In the noughties, Mattel was encouraged to design more diverse Barbi...
Tags: Toys, Technology, Women, Life and style, Barbie, Mattel, Barbie Jordan Erica Webber


'Grace Kelly seemed like an angel': Clive James and others on their first crushes

With Valentine’s Day in view, the veteran author and more come clean about their crazy, stupid, teenage lovesGrace Kelly’s career began as a 10-year cluster of roles for US television, but we didn’t see those in Australia, so her first movies made a terrific impact. She arose out of nowhere. I was still wearing short trousers, but I fell romantically in love with her when she arrived at James Stewart’s apartment in Rear Window and crossed the room fluttering. Hitchcock did something to the camer...
Tags: Books, Music, Media, Film, Australia, Relationships, US, Life and style, Debbie Reynolds, Culture, Julie Burchill, James Stewart, Clive James, Frank Ocean, Grace Kelly, Olivia Laing


Yotam Ottolenghi: 'I don’t like to tell people what to eat'

In conversation with Adam Liaw, the chef discusses cultural appropriation of food, sustainability and getting his kids to eat what he cooks“Who owns the recipe?”This was one of the questions Yotam Ottolenghi and Adam Liaw considered on Tuesday night. The chef and the cook, both bestselling authors, were in conversation as part of An Evening with Ottolenghi at the Sydney Opera House. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Books, Vegetables, Life and style, Australia news, Middle East and North Africa, Sydney, Vegetarian food and drink, Chefs, Middle Eastern food and drink, Sydney Opera House, Yotam Ottolenghi, Ottolenghi, Australian food and drink, Adam Liaw


Cat Person author Kristen Roupenian: 'Dating is caught up in ego, power and control'

Her short story was read by millions online – then things got weird. The writer talks about viral fame, power games and her new collection of twisted talesKristen Roupenian’s short story Cat Person was published by the New Yorker in December 2017 and, to the author’s best recollection, it went up online on a Monday. The 37-year-old was living in Ann Arbor, Michigan, while completing a fellowship in writing, and for three or four days after the story came out, enjoyed the world’s customary reacti...
Tags: Books, Relationships, Life and style, Culture, David Foster Wallace, Ann Arbor Michigan, Kristen Roupenian


Bauhaus at 100: the revolutionary movement's enduring appeal

Sleek, pared-back, industrial elegance – that’s how most of us think of Bauhaus, the modernist design group born in Germany in 1919. But that was only one side of this short-lived but longlasting movement…• Norman Foster, Margaret Howell, Michael Craig-Martin and others on Bauhaus’s rich legacyThe Bauhaus, simply put, was a German school of art and design that opened in 1919 and closed in 1933. It was also very much more than that. It was the most influential and famous design school that has ev...
Tags: Art, Germany, Life and style, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Craft, Bauhaus, Marcel Breuer, Mart Stam, Norman Foster Margaret Howell Michael Craig Martin


Barbie's turning 60 – in pictures

She is 60 this year and still doesn’t have a single wrinkle! Blonde or brunette, slender or curvy, black or white, princess or president, Barbie is a forever favourite for young girls, even if she has caused controversy over the years Continue reading...
Tags: Toys, Life and style, World news, US news, Barbie


10 of the best creative retreats in the UK and Europe

Want to sit quietly with your paints or handicrafts, burst into song, or use kung fu or dance to get moving? We pick holidays for nourishing your inner makerTao’s, a meditation centre on a hill overlooking the sea on the island of Paros, hosts a dance retreat each September. The style of dance is “open floor movement”, which is said to boost creativity and help people “refresh, recuperate, recharge and rejoice”. It is suitable for anyone who wants to move, regardless of age or experience. The sc...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, UK, Life and style, Meditation, Health & wellbeing, Craft, Top 10s, Learning Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Europe Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Christiana


Away with words: an Arvon fiction-writing retreat in Devon

Expert tuition, camaraderie and walks in the rain – plus a healthy lack of wifi and mobile coverage – leave our writer buzzing with creativity and short story ideasDespite the glowering weather, the 1½-mile walk from my creative writing retreat at the 16th-century manor house of Totleigh Barton is invigorating. The remote west Devon landscape is heavy with winter; it’s stark and elemental but also evocative and, most importantly, thought-provoking. Being in the wilds gives me the time and space ...
Tags: Travel, Books, Life and style, Health & wellbeing, Creative writing, Devon, Learning Holidays, Rest And Relaxation, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays, Devon Holidays, Health And Fitness Holidays, Totleigh Barton


Take the long view: Chile revisited

In three trips over 25 years, writer Sara Wheeler has discovered as much about this South American country as she has about herselfWhen I first went to Chile 30 years ago, I interviewed a television weatherman. Every evening after the six o’clock news, this fellow had to say : “Tomorrow it will be very hot in the north, pleasantly warm in the middle, and perishing at the bottom.”What a shape. That was what attracted me to this long, thin country. Could a Chilean woman at the top possibly have an...
Tags: Travel, Books, Life and style, Chile, Travel Guides, Travel Writing, South America Holidays, Chile Holidays, Cape Horn, Sara Wheeler


A new start: Esi Edugyan on meeting her grandmother on her only trip to Ghana

The Canadian author visited her parents’ homeland thinking she would find her home. She left feeling less Ghanaian than everI was 27 years old when I took my first and only trip to Ghana. My grandmother was old – rumoured to be 103 – and in fact she died the following year. I visited the noisy markets of Accra and the clean, palm-treed avenues of the national university; I visited the slave forts of Cape Coast and Elmina, desolate with their old horrors; I visited my mother’s birth city of Kumas...
Tags: Books, Music, Fiction, Africa, Americas, Life and style, World news, Culture, Canada, Ghana, Accra, Kumasi, Cape Coast, ELMINA, Esi Edugyan, Man Booker Prize 2018


Humiliation, homoeroticism and animal cruelty: inside the frathouse

Photographer Andrew Moisey uncovered ritual hazing, extreme drunkenness and toxic masculinity on one college campus – from men destined to be America’s future leadersLast year in the US, four freshman students died as a direct result of hazing rituals during college fraternity initiation ceremonies. All the deaths occurred during or just after drinking bouts in which the victims consumed vast amounts of spirits in a short space of time while older students egged them on. One of the deceased, Max...
Tags: Books, Photography, Education, Abc, Alcohol, US, America, Life and style, Society, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Men, Young People, Social Mobility


Rose McGowan: ‘Which living person do I most despise? I think it’s fairly obvious’

The actor and activist on working with an undertaker, her relationship with her father and #MeTooBorn in Italy, Rose McGowan, 45, moved to the US at the age of 10. Her movies include Scream, Jawbreaker and Grindhouse, and the television series Charmed. One of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of assault last year, she has published a memoir, Brave. She appears in an immersive art film, Indecision IV, which will be screened at the Institute of Light, London E8, on 15 and 16 Dece...
Tags: Books, US, Life and style, Culture, Italy, Harvey Weinstein, Rose McGowan, MeToo Movement, Institute of Light London E8


At Christmas time it’s almost impossible to be both poor and ethical | Kathleen Kerridge

Children need toys, but when you have no money yourself, it hurts to know that those making them are paid pitiful wagesChristmas is a stressful time for families, especially those on strict budgets, and those surviving below the poverty line. Shops are filled with items crying out to be bought. Toys fill shelves, and children wait not-so-patiently for Santa to come. It’s well known that elves make toys in the north pole, and they will be delivered by a jolly fat man, via a sleigh replete with ma...
Tags: Toys, UK, China, India, Christmas, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Poverty, Asia Pacific, Social exclusion, Santa, Inequality, Kathleen Kerridge


What's the best video games console for Christmas 2018?

For harassed loved ones everywhere, we compare the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One and Nintendo Switch A games console is the perfect Christmas present – it’s exciting, it’s cool and everyone can join in on the day (as long as you’ve had the foresight to sneak it out of its packaging on Christmas Eve to download the inevitable six hours of system updates). But selecting which machine to opt for is complicated and confusing, and if you get it wrong you may end up with yet another unloved g...
Tags: Toys, Games, Microsoft, Xbox One, Christmas, Life and style, Playstation, Culture, Sony, Xbox, Nintendo, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch


‘I wanted everything’ – read an exclusive extract from Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming

In an excerpt from her book, the former first lady recalls her internal struggle with her identity in the first days of her marriageIt sounds a little like a bad joke, doesn’t it? What happens when a solitude-loving individualist marries an outgoing family woman who does not love solitude one bit?The answer, I’m guessing, is probably the best and most sustaining answer to nearly every question arising inside a marriage, no matter who you are or what the issue is: you find ways to adapt. If you’r...
Tags: Books, Barack Obama, Life and style, US news, Culture, Michelle Obama


Great literary getaways: 10 writers’ retreats for an inspirational break

Follow in the footsteps of George Orwell and nine other celebrated writers to the places that inspired their workSitting in the pretty walled garden of Montague House on Southwold High Street, it’s as if the clock has stopped. There is the same slope of pretty 19th-century roofs and tiles over the wall, the same languor and stillness. There are the same ancient bells ringing out from St Edmund’s church around the corner. All under the same low-slung gloomy Suffolk sky. No sounds of traffic, no d...
Tags: Travel, Books, Life and style, Culture, George Orwell, Cultural Trips, Richard, Orwell, Travel Writing, Suffolk, Literary Trips, Queen Street, Ida, Avril, St Edmund, Montague House


Give us the whole story on potholes | Brief letters

Potholes | The word ‘slut’ | Terrorist nicknames | Long books | Polyamory | Blue PeterThe AA is wrong to attribute the “pothole epidemic” to the “beast from the east” (Report, 26 September). After eight years of government-imposed austerity, starving local highways authorities of fundsfor routine maintenance, our infrastructure is crumbling while Brexit consumes our attention.Les BrightExeter• Re Rebecca Solnit’s article (Abused women are called sluts. Powerful men are excused, Journal, 22 Septe...
Tags: Weather, Books, Television, Relationships, Women, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Television & radio, Transport, UK security and counter-terrorism, Road transport, Brexit, Rebecca Solnit, Blue Peter, Margaret SimpsonBolton


​MIA and Lily Allen: staying loud in a world that silences women

In a thought-provoking documentary and a no-holds-barred memoir, these forceful music stars counter the ceaseless barrage of bile that has been directed their way since their debuts more than a decade ago. Have they just been unlucky, or are there more sinister forces at work? “The message to women – especially those whose voices might disturb the peace – has always been that things will go better for them if they keep their mouths shut,” writes author Rebecca Traister in a new essay. “And the b...
Tags: Books, Music, London, Media, Activism, Protest, Celebrity, Supreme Court, Film, Women, Life and style, Society, Rap, Culture, Pop and rock, Press intrusion


‘Would that all journeys were on foot’: writers on the joy of walking

Will Self, Fran Lebowitz, Helen Garner and others share their love letters to urban pedestrianismWhat is Walking the City week?Vision Zero: has the drive to eliminate road deaths lost its way?For Walking the City week – exploring all aspects of urban walking, good and bad – writers tell us where they walk and why.Will Self watches the world go by at Charing Cross in London; Fran Lebowitz finds areas of midtown New York off-limits because Donald Trump lives there; Helen Garner says her quotidian ...
Tags: Books, New York, London, India, New York City, Los Angeles, Life and style, UK News, World news, Australia news, US news, Cities, Culture, South and Central Asia, Health & wellbeing, Newcastle


The daughter Steve Jobs denied: ‘Clearly I was not compelling enough for my father'

Lisa Brennan-Jobs talks about how she learned to love the co-founder of Apple, who claimed for years she wasn’t his child• ‘He called me Small Fry’: scroll down for an extract from Brennan-Jobs’s bookIt is a good thing, says Lisa Brennan-Jobs, that she did not write her memoir of growing up in the shadow of her father, Steve Jobs, when she was still in her 20s. The 40-year-old, who lives with her husband Bill and their four-month-old son Thomas in Brooklyn, could not have done justice to the sto...
Tags: Apple, Books, Family, Technology, Steve Jobs, Life and style, Brooklyn, Computing, Bill, Thomas, Lisa Brennan, Lisa Brennan Jobs, Brennan Jobs


From the archive: Martin Amis on arcade games

An Observer Magazine cover story from September 1982 sees the novelist, 33, turn his attention to a ‘global addiction’Martin Amis discovered Space Invaders at a bar near the railway station in Toulon. It was 1979. The console had been installed in the corner and resembled a fridge, and as soon as Amis slotted in his first coin he fell head over heels. ‘I knew instantly that this was something different, something special,’ he explains. ‘The bar closed at 11 o’clock that night. I was the last to ...
Tags: Books, Games, Life and style, Culture, Toulon, Martin Amis, Arcade Games, Observer Magazine


The car for a true Guardian reader | Brief letters

The Hope valley | BAME children’s book characters | Christmas cake | Road tripping | 2CVs | Pasta strawsMuch as it delighted me to see a photograph of the valley in which I was born (Hope and glory, 23 July), I had already saved the same photo from the Guardian of 13 July to display at the annual Rumsey family reunion held in Hope each August.Kathleen Leonard (nee Rumsey)Brighton• Re Only 1% of children’s books have BAME main characters, study finds (17 July). In the 1940s, my mother used to car...
Tags: Travel, Books, Christmas, Life and style, World news, Pasta, Food & Drink, Race issues, Road Trips, Children and teenagers, Teen books, Baking, Motoring, Citroën, England Holidays, United Kingdom Holidays


Brick by brick: how Lego embraced video games

Lego The Incredibles is the latest video game to help introduce the brand to a new generation of children – one 3D block at a timeFor some parents, the idea of kids sitting down in front of a Lego-branded video game might be baffling: isn’t the point of Lego that it’s not on a screen? But the mega-success of Minecraft – based on building things out of blocks with different colours and properties – proves that Lego and video games have been influencing each other for at least a decade. There are ...
Tags: Toys, Games, Life and style, Lego, Culture, Minecraft, Pixar


Slam from Sudan: how Emtithal Mahmoud shook the world

She has debated with presidents, been comforted by the Dalai Lama, and been called one of the world’s most inspiring women – but it’s as a poet that Emtithal Mahmoud truly shinesEmtithal Mahmoud was brimming with rage and misery when she sat down to write her poem Mama. Her grandmother had just died in Sudan, her mother was on a plane to the funeral and she felt consumed by anger.“I wrote it in one of the darkest times of my life,” she says. “It felt like my grandmother had survived everything, ...
Tags: Books, Activism, Poetry, Africa, Religion, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Race issues, Islam, Refugees, Sudan, Spoken word, Mahmoud


Myrtle Allen obituary

Restaurateur and writer who created a new Irish cuisine rooted in the farm-to-table conceptMyrtle Allen, who has died aged 94, is widely credited with having established a new, modern era in Irish food and raised its international profile.In 1964 she placed a notice on her gate, inviting people to dine in her rural home, Ballymaloe House, near Shanagarry in County Cork. Customers arrived each night in her blue dining room, called the Yeats Room after her husband’s collection of Jack Yeats painti...
Tags: Europe, Books, Life and style, World news, Ireland, Food & Drink, Allen, Myrtle Allen, Ballymaloe House, Jack Yeats, Food and drink books, Shanagarry, County Cork Customers



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