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Tiger King and a bloody mary: Hilary Mantel, Simon Armitage and other writers on lockdown life

Simon Armitage pogos to neo-punk, Anne Enright craves for Cary Grant, The Seventh Seal cheers up Julian Barnes, Diane Evans works out to hip-hop and Jeanette Winterson talks to herself … writers reveal how they’re surviving the corona crisis Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Music, Film, Fiction, Poetry, Cary Grant, Life and style, Meditation, Culture, Health & wellbeing, Classical Music, Craft, Baking, Hilary Mantel, Anne Enright, Social trends


This way for brain tingles: ASMR gets a shiver-inducing exhibition

From cucumber-crunchers to cranial exams, YouTube is full of ASMRtists provoking the strangely pleasurable autonomous sensory meridian response. Now they’ve got their own euphoric museum showSome whisper gently into the microphone, while tapping their nails along the spine of a book. Others take a bar of soap and slice it methodically into tiny cubes, letting the pieces clatter into a plastic tray. There are those who dress up as doctors and pretend to perform a cranial nerve exam, and the ones ...
Tags: Psychology, Art, Science, Technology, Sweden, Youtube, Video Art, Painting, Life and style, Society, World news, Anxiety, Culture, Art and design, Alternative Medicine, Health & wellbeing


'He didn't even pretend to let us win'… Growing up with the world's biggest stars, by their children

The sons and daughters of John Wayne, John Lennon, Caitlyn Jenner and others tell us what it was like to grow up with a world-famous dadA lot of the happy memories of my father are from the late 1960s at Kenwood, the old Tudor house we had in Surrey, when I was a little boy. Without knowing it, I probably saw some of the greatest musicians in the world come and go through that house. Continue reading...
Tags: Family, Music, Film, John Lennon, Life and style, Culture, Television & radio, Parents and parenting, Miles Davis, Surrey, John Wayne, Kenwood, Jeff Bridges, Tudor, Samuel L Jackson, Caitlyn Jenner


The future is in our hands: drive to save traditional skills

A new campaign hopes to revive ‘critically endangered’ ancient techniquesClay pipe making, wainwrighting, tanning and making spinning wheels – all are skills of the past that can offer us a sustainable future. This is the message behind a drive, launched this spring, to preserve endangered traditional crafts in Britain.With a new award of £3,000 available, together with fresh support from outdoor pursuits company Farlows, the Heritage Crafts Association is calling for a renewed effort to save ol...
Tags: Environment, Life and style, Culture, Britain, Conservation, Art and design, Heritage, Rural affairs, Sewing, Craft, History of art, Farlows the Heritage Crafts Association


James Bond gun collection stolen in London raid

Pistols from Die Another Day, Walther PPK from A View to a Kill and special chrome Magnum from Live and Let Die among items taken in burglaryAn “irreplaceable” collection of prop guns used in James Bond films has been stolen from a house in Enfield, north London.Five deactivated guns, including Beretta Cheetah and Tomcat pistols from Die Another Day and the iconic Walther PPK handgun used in A View to a Kill are among the weapons reported taken. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Technology, London, Crime, Film, Life and style, UK News, Culture, James Bond, Weapons technology, Collecting, Enfield, Thrillers (film, Beretta Cheetah


Zip it, Kim Kardashian – Taylor Swift is the Marmite we're all coming to love

It’s true the singer isn’t everyone’s favourite, but the online pasting she’s been subjected to leaves a very nasty taste in the mouthIn a way I’m glad that Kim Kardashian has reignited a four-year-old feud with Taylor Swift based on an 11-year-old feud with Taylor Swift that was all started by Kanye West, a man who has hardly been involved in it since about 2017. In a way, that’s good.It’s hard not to [gestures at current reality] be constantly thinking about, you know, rather more pressing mat...
Tags: Music, Kim Kardashian, Taylor Swift, Celebrity, Youtube, Life and style, Kanye West, Netflix, Culture, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian West


Through the lens: the pioneering work of Peter Lindbergh – in pictures

Over four decades the late German fashion photographer collaborated with many of the biggest names in the industry, from Kate Moss to Naomi Campbell Continue reading...
Tags: Photography, Fashion, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Kate Moss, Women's Shoes, Women's Coats And Jackets, Women's Trousers, Women's Dresses, Tina Turner, Women's Tops, Peter Lindbergh, Women's shirts, Women's suits, Naomi Campbell Continue


Haifaa Al-Mansour: 'Female leaders are crushed. Look at Hillary Clinton'

The Saudi Arabian director directed her first film, Wadjda, hiding in the back of a van on the streets of Riyadh. Now her latest, The Perfect Candidate, is opening doors in HollywoodHaifaa Al-Mansour’s latest film, The Perfect Candidate, opens with a doctor in her 20s driving to work. In any other film you wouldn’t register the fact that she’s behind the wheel. But this woman, dressed in a black abaya and niqab, is in Saudi Arabia, which until 2018 banned women from driving. Al-Mansour added the...
Tags: Film, Saudi Arabia, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Hillary Clinton, Middle East and North Africa, World cinema, Haifaa Al Mansour, Riyadh, Al Mansour, Wadjda, HollywoodHaifaa Al Mansour


Kanye West likens backlash over support for Trump to racial profiling

Rapper says anger over his views reminds him of racial assumptions he once faced: ‘You’re black, so you’re a Democrat’Kanye West has reaffirmed his support for Donald Trump, whom he has previously called “his brother”, in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal.West says people make assumptions about his political views because of his race, automatically assuming he would disagree with Trump’s views. Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Life and style, US news, Kanye West, Culture, Donald Trump, Kim Kardashian West, Trump, Wall Street Journal West


Strike a pose! My night at a vogue ball with Malcolm McLaren

In 1988 vogueing was still underground – but the Sex Pistols impresario was ahead of the curve. Our writer remembers a New York evening that would transform pop cultureIt was late September 1988: George Bush was up against Michael Dukakis in the first of their two TV debates. The presidential campaign was hotting up and Dukakis was faltering. I switched off the TV and headed for Bond Street off Broadway, New York City, where Malcolm McLaren was living with Lauren Hutton. We were off to see a vog...
Tags: Fashion, Gender, Music, New York, Celebrity, Life and style, Communities, Society, Dance, Transgender, Culture, Punk, Sexuality, George Bush, Stage, LGBT rights


British Museum says metal detectorists found 1,311 treasures last year

‘Rare’ 1,100-year-old brooch from Norfolk among treasures foundAn astonishingly well-preserved medieval brooch featuring what could be dragon and dog decorations is among a record number of objects discovered last year by the nation’s army of metal detectorists.The British Museum on Tuesday announced that 1,311 finds which are defined as treasure had been found by members of the public across England, Wales and Northern Ireland in 2019. Continue reading...
Tags: Science, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Heritage, Northern Ireland, Archaeology, Hobbies, Norfolk, British Museum, Roman Britain, England Wales


Bag firm adds ‘unique’ appeal by stitching in historical figures’ letters

Antiquarians voice growing anger at the breaking up of original letters by famous names from Queen Victoria to Charles Dickens and even NapoleonLove historic documents signed by figures such as Queen Victoria and Charles Dickens? Love luxury handbags? A new company is targeting this novel crossover market with exclusive bags containing snippets of authentic manuscripts by famous figures – to the fury of antiquarian booksellers, who say they are destroying cultural assets.Sekrè, a German-Swiss st...
Tags: Europe, Books, Fashion, World news, Culture, Austria, Charles Dickens, Victoria, Handbags, Queen Victoria, Dickens, Manuscripts, Frederick William III, Maria Theresia, Henry Lord Hardinge


Body of work: why Billie Eilish is right to stand her ground against shaming

Billie Eilish has done everything right in her career so far, but that’s not enough for a celebrity industry fixated on sex Billie Eilish has given the music industry everything it could possibly want. An authentic new voice that appeals to teenagers and their parents. A debut album that has sold more than 2m copies in the US alone. A decisive stylistic evolution from the preceding decade’s dominant pop mode. A clean sweep of the four key categories at the Grammys. A copper-bottomed streaming su...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Women, US, Life and style, Society, Music Industry, Body Image, Culture, Pop and rock, Health & wellbeing, James Bond, Young People, Billie Eilish


‘My life is not over. But it feels like it is sometimes’: the Rev Richard Coles on losing his partner

The former pop star’s world was shattered when his partner of 12 years died. Three months on, he talks about the ‘madness’ of griefDeath is par for the course for the Rev Richard Coles. Whether it’s pastoral care for the bereaved, discussions about the afterlife with parishioners or being called out to perform the last rites – death comes with the job. But since his partner, the Rev David Coles, died in December, a lot about death has taken Coles by surprise.“I got in the other night,” he says, ...
Tags: Music, Celebrity, Relationships, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, Christianity, Death and dying, LGBT rights, Bereavement, Coles, Richard Coles, David Coles


“Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics” at NYC’s Japan Society

This centuries-old craft and its contemporary influence are on show at the learning center Designed by NYC-based architecture firm SO-IL, the Japan Society‘s Boro Textiles: Sustainable Aesthetics exhibition introduces audiences to folklorist and cultural anthropologist Chuzaburo Tanaka’s personal collection of vintage Japanese pieces along with contemporary garments by pioneers of Japanese fashion like Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons, Issey Miyake, and Yohji Yamamoto. The presentation …
Tags: Art, Fashion, Japan, Design, NYC, Clothing, Collage, Sustainability, History, Shows, Culture, Museums, Craft, Exhibitions, Apparel, Japanese


James Franco accusers are 'jumping on the #MeToo bandwagon', say actor's lawyers

Franco denies allegations and asks Los Angeles county superior court to dismiss lawsuit against himJames Franco has responded to allegations of sexual harassment by two former students by claiming they were an attempt to “jump on the [#MeToo] bandwagon” and played into “the media’s insatiable appetite to ruin the next celebrity”.In a demurrer filed on 28 February to the Los Angeles county superior court, Franco’s lawyers asked that the lawsuit filed in October by Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaa...
Tags: Film, Women, Los Angeles, Life and style, World news, US news, Culture, Franco, James Franco, Los Angeles County, MeToo Movement, Sarah Tither Kaplan, Toni Gaal


'Hip, rebellious, even a bit sinister': how Andy Warhol made pop art fashion

As the Tate Modern prepares to open its new exhibition, a menswear expert – and Warhol superfan – explains why the artist continues to impact on personal style• Read more from the spring/summer 2020 edition of The Fashion, our biannual style supplement“Artists aren’t supposed to dress up and I’ll never look right anyway,” Andy Warhol utters in Bob Colacello’s fantastic biographical Holy Terror book. It’s ironic, given that when anyone talks about men having a sartorial uniform, I always think of...
Tags: Fashion, White House, Life and style, Culture, Art and design, Andy Warhol, Exhibitions, Warhol, Tate Modern, Levi, Bob Colacello


Rebecca Solnit: ‘Younger feminists have shifted my understanding’

It’s a myth that wisdom comes only with age, the writer argues. Young women and girls offer new tools to useAs you grow older you become an immigrant from a vanished country, a country some of your peers may remember but the young may find unimaginable or incomprehensible. You could call it the land of before; before some great change, before we did things this way, before we decided that was unacceptable, before we shed new light on an old problem. I was shaped by a world that no longer quite e...
Tags: Books, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Young, Rebecca Solnit


‘I heard the signal – and threw my flour bombs’: why the 1970 Miss World protest is still making waves

It was the year feminists wreaked havoc on the beauty contest. Now their story has been made into a film starring Keira Knightley. They look back at that dramatic momentIt was the most dramatic feminist event since Emily Davison threw herself under the king’s horse in 1913 in the name of women’s suffrage. Now, the 1970 Miss World protests – during which feminist activists dramatically flour-bombed the stage – is getting a Hollywood makeover. The film Misbehaviour will document the period of fizz...
Tags: Hollywood, Keira Knightley, Film, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Bob Hope, Emily Davison, Jo Robinson, Jenny Fortune


Don Letts: ‘Punk was a refuge from racism’

The DJ and musician, 64, on being black and British, finding a scene, and why punk’s not deadJamaican people love country and western. My first musical memory is sitting at home with my dad, listening to incarnations of what would become reggae on his sound system. But as well as Prince Buster, and Toots and the Maytals, my dad loved things like Welcome to My World by Jim Reeves. It was the storytelling he could relate to.I know the exact moment I wanted music to be my life. I was 14 or 15, it w...
Tags: Music, London, Life and style, Culture, Punk, Pete Townshend, Vic, Buster, Keith Moon, Don Letts, Toots, Jim Reeves


What do female film-makers have to say about male stories?

The directors celebrated in a new season at the Barbican – focusing on films about men, made by women – on turning the traditional gaze on its headWhen Ana Kokkinos found out her second film was going to be shown at Cannes in 1998, she was overjoyed. Charting 24 hedonistic hours in the life of a gay Greek-Australian teenager, Head On is a fierce and evocative depiction of queer identity and masculinity in crisis. Then she had her first interview. “The journalist told me there was a rumour that I...
Tags: Film, Women, Life and style, Culture, Men, Kathryn Bigelow, Cannes, Barbican, Point Break, Ana Kokkinos


Rose McGowan says she regrets Natalie Portman Oscars dress comments

McGowan tweets that she ‘lost sight of the bigger picture’ after calling fellow actor a ‘fraud’Rose McGowan has expressed regret for her attack on Natalie Portman over the latter’s Oscar dress “protest”, which took aim at the exclusion of women from the best director Academy Award nominations. Related: Rose McGowan: Natalie Portman's Oscars dress protest 'deeply offensive' Continue reading...
Tags: Protest, Film, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Natalie Portman, McGowan, Rose McGowan, Oscars 2020


Carlos Acosta: ‘My mother roasted my pet rabbits. I was sad, but I ate them’

The Cuban dancer talks about food rationing, what he ate at ballet school and his father’s terrible cookingI always lived with rationing in Cuba – I was born in 1973. We used the term “the three musketeers” to mean rice, chicharos [split peas] and eggs, although at one point eggs disappeared completely.I had two rabbits as pets and I arrived home from school one day and there was that smell I’d almost forgotten, of meat. Then I realised that Mamá had roasted my pets and I cried a lot. My mother ...
Tags: Food, Life and style, Dance, Culture, Stage, Ballet, Cuba, Carlos Acosta, Mama


'There is life outside of London': converts to Leeds sing its praises

Art, culture, nature and property prices are tempting people away from the capitalIn the past five years the number of Londoners moving up to Leeds has risen by 58%, from 2,720 in 2013 to 4,296 in 2018. Home to several universities and a cosmopolitan population, Leeds boasts a flourishing cultural scene, quality nightlife and large-scale regeneration that has transformed the West Yorkshire city in recent years.Beyond the Victorian architecture of the city centre, there are leafy suburbs of Victo...
Tags: Family, London, Money, Environment, Life and style, Communities, Society, UK News, Cities, Culture, Art and design, Property, West Yorkshire, Sustainable Development, Leeds


Rose McGowan: Natalie Portman's Oscars dress protest 'deeply offensive'

McGowan posts Facebook attack on Portman, who wore a gown embroidered with names of female directors snubbed at awardsActivist and actor Rose McGowan has labelled Natalie Portman a “fraud” for wearing a dress to the Oscars embroidered with the names of female film-makers including Greta Gerwig and Lulu Wang who were passed over for best director nominations.In a post on Facebook, McGowan said Portman had made “the kind of protest that gets rave reviews from the mainstream media” but was “more li...
Tags: Facebook, Fashion, Film, Women, Life and style, US news, Culture, Feminism, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Greta Gerwig, Natalie Portman, McGowan, Portman, Rose McGowan, Lulu Wang


'I cringe when I hear Rihanna now': the songs Guardian writers can't listen to any more

From failed relationships to funeral soundtracks, here are the much-loved tracks that became aural nightmares Continue reading...
Tags: Music, Rihanna, Relationships, Life and style, Culture, Pop and rock, Blondie


Oscars 2020: Parasite wins best picture award – as it happened

An incredible night for Bong Joon-ho as Parasite wins best screenplay, best director and best pictureOscar winners list 5.18am GMT Let’s finish up with a clip of Parasite winning best picture, and how the crowd reacted when the lights were cut. I think these might have been my favourite Oscars for years and years, you know. #Oscars Moment: @ParasiteMovie wins for Best Picture. pic.twitter.com/AokyBdIzl5 5.08am GMT We’ve got a great Phil Hoad piece here about what Parasite’s win could mea...
Tags: Fashion, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Oscars, Joker, Bong Joon, Little Women, Parasite, Phil Hoad, The Irishman, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood


Oscars 2020: Parasite wins best picture award – live!

And incredible night for Bong Joon-ho as Parasite wins best screenplay, best director and best picture. Follow all the the action with us liveOscar winners list – live as they happen! 4.35am GMT And now the lights have gone down for good. The 92nd Oscars are over, and they have ended in the best possible way. This is Parasite’s night. It’s Bong Joon Ho’s night. It is, to a slightly lesser extent, Eminem’s night. I’ll be sticking around for a little bit looking for reaction to the night, but ...
Tags: Fashion, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Eminem, Oscars, Joker, Bong Joon, Bong Joon Ho, Little Women, Parasite, The Irishman, 1917


Oscars 2020: Parasite wins best international feature film – live!

Follow all the action from Hollywood as we find out who’s wearing what, who’s winning what and whose acceptance speech is dropping jaws• Oscars tonight: predictions, timetable and all you need to knowOscar winners list – live as they happen! 3.32am GMT Here’s a story about Parasite’s latest win. Related: Parasite wins best international feature film Oscar 3.31am GMT And now for Elton John’s performance. It’s very much a late-era Elton John performance, in that he’s shouting in such a ...
Tags: Fashion, Hollywood, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Eminem, Elton John, Oscars, Joker, Little Women, Parasite, The Irishman, 1917


Oscars 2020: Laura Dern wins best supporting actress for Marriage Story – live!

Follow all the action from Hollywood as we find out who’s wearing what, who’s winning what and whose acceptance speech is dropping jaws• Oscars tonight: predictions, timetable and all you need to knowOscar winners list – live as they happen! 2.35am GMT Eminem got a standing ovation from the audience, who are well aware that their faces will now forever come up if anyone ever Googles the phrase ‘Awkward white person biting lip and nodding GIFs’ 2.33am GMT To commemorate songs being in fil...
Tags: Fashion, Hollywood, Film, Life and style, Film Industry, US news, Culture, Awards and prizes, Eminem, Oscars, Laura Dern, Joker, Little Women, Parasite, The Irishman, 1917



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