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Billionaire Rihanna named world’s richest female musician

Umbrella singer’s estimated $1.7bn fortune owed largely to success of Fenty BeautyRihanna, the singer of hits such as Umbrella and We Found Love, is officially a billionaire and the world’s richest female musician.However, most of her fortune, estimated on Wednesday by Forbes magazine to be $1.7bn (£1.2bn), does not come from chart-topping singles, but from the success of her cosmetics empire. Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Music, Makeup, Rihanna, UK News, US news, Beauty, Rich lists, Forbes magazine, Forbes, Fenty BeautyRihanna


How Games Workshop grew to become more profitable than Google

Tabletop gaming, based on a mix of science fiction and fantasy worlds, has seen sales surge during lockdownIt started in a small flat in west London, with three friends selling board games and a fanzine via mail order; now Games Workshop is worth more than Marks & Spencer and Asos and is more profitable than Google.This week the Nottingham-based company, which produces the Warhammer fantasy role-playing brand, announced all of its workers would get a £5,000 bonus after sales and profits surged d...
Tags: Google, Business, Technology, London, Life and style, UK News, Retail industry, Culture, Nottingham, Board Games, Asos, Games competitions


Bennifer is back, but don’t rush to contact your ex, say experts

J Lo and Ben Affleck did it, but experts urge restraint after lockdown prompts ‘rekindled romance’ dating trendRelationship experts have warned against romanticising the idea of getting back with your ex-partner, after it was confirmed that one of the most famous celebrity couples of the early noughties – Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck – were indeed back together.Last week, the actor and singer thrilled fans when they recreated a famous intimate image from J-Lo’s 2002 music video for Jenny from ...
Tags: Relationships, Ben Affleck, Social Media, Life and style, UK News, World news, US news, Dating, Jennifer Lopez, Jenny, J Lo, Bennifer


Student, 19, hopes to be youngest woman to fly solo around the world

Zara Rutherford, whose parents are both pilots, announces her gap year projectA 19-year-old student has announced her gap year project: aiming to become the youngest woman to fly solo around the world.Zara Rutherford, who has British and Belgian nationality, will set off from her home city of Brussels next month for the circumnavigation, which is set to take her up to three months. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Women, Life and style, UK News, World news, Air transport, Belgium, World Records, Brussels, Zara Rutherford


‘It can’t be ignored’: Osman Yousefzada on his gigantic artwork

He has dressed Beyoncé and Lady Gaga – and now he’s dressed Birmingham. As his ‘infinity pattern’ is unveiled, the artist talks poverty, class – and why he’s not interested in being a ‘good immigrant’Approaching Birmingham New Street station on the train, you’ll normally spot the scaly curves of Selfridges’ landmark Future Systems-designed building nestling in the cityscape. But right now, rising into the summer sky in its place, is a bright pink and black structure. Startling, cheering and enti...
Tags: Art, Fashion, Beyonce, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Lady Gaga, Birmingham, Ikon Gallery, Osman, Beyoncé Lady Gaga, Osman Yousefzada, Osman Yousefzada He, Yousefzada, Jonathan Watkins Ikon


‘Great to be back’: jubilation as parkrun returns to England

Participants celebrate with selfies and champagne as running club gets back on its feet after Covid hiatusThe return of parkrun was met with scenes of jubilation on Saturday as the weekly running club took place in England for the first time since the start of the Covid pandemic.After 16 months without the weekly ritual, thousands of runners took part in 5km runs across the country, from Cliffe Castle in West Yorkshire to Bushy Park in south-west London. Continue reading...
Tags: England, London, Life and style, UK News, Running, West Yorkshire, Bushy Park, Cliffe Castle


London basement extensions as normal as loft conversions, study finds

Most are built for middle-class professionals rather than oligarchs, with trend raising flood concernsWith their underground swimming pools, cinemas and art galleries, London’s luxury basement developments have long provoked envy and disgust as depositories for the hidden wealth of the super-rich.But a study that has mapped all the 7,328 basements approved by 32 boroughs and the City of London between 2008 and 2019 has found that the majority of these developments were built for middle-class pro...
Tags: Business, London, Money, Environment, Life and style, UK News, Consumer affairs, Property, Homes, Flooding, Construction industry


Who needs Usain Bolt when there’s Sky Brown? New stars set to shine at Tokyo Olympics

The teenage skateboarder heads a list from Great Britain taking part in debut sports at a decidedly odd Olympic GamesThe Olympics is happening – and for that we can only be grateful. But these Games, the 32nd of the modern era, are likely to be odd ones in, for the first time, an odd-numbered year. Some of the dominant characters of the past decade will be absent, either retired or finally showing human fallibility: so no Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps or Mo Farah. Nor will there be many fans. Inter...
Tags: Japan, US, Sport, Life and style, UK News, Olympics, Skateboarding, Tokyo, Olympic Games, International Olympic Committee, Great Britain, Katie Ledecky, Simone Biles, Brown, Tokyo Olympic Games 2020, Usain Bolt Michael Phelps


Scarborough predicts a bumper tourism season (if it can find enough staff)

Tourists are fuelling record bookings but severe staff shortages due to Brexit and workers self-isolating have kept many hospitality firms closedThe log cabins are gleaming, the tipis look tip-top and the champagne is on ice. Pinewood Park will host its first wedding in 22 months on Saturday as 120 guests descend on the popular glamping site near Scarborough, Yorkshire. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Business, Politics, European Union, Travel & leisure, Life and style, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Foreign Policy, Yorkshire, Weddings, Scarborough, Brexit, Coronavirus, Pinewood Park, Scarborough Yorkshire


New balance: will work be more parent-friendly than ever after the pandemic?

Between home schooling and hybrid working, the last year has brought rapid and radical shifts in our working habits, good and bad. Now it is time to see whether positive change can stickLast month, a video by Maggie Mundwiller, a mother in St Louis, Missouri, went viral on TikTok. It showed her one-year-old son accompanying her to a second face-to-face job interview. (She had asked for an alternative date because she had no childcare. The employer said: “Bring him with you.”) The video featured ...
Tags: Family, Money, Children, Women, America, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Work & careers, Men, Parents and parenting, Guardian Careers, St Louis Missouri, Coronavirus, Maggie Mundwiller


Nice guidance to induce minority ethnic pregnancies earlier condemned as racist

Draft guidelines for England, Wales and Northern Ireland will not solve poorer maternity outcomes for women of colour, say doctorsProposed guidance that recommends inducing labour at 39 weeks in pregnant women from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has raised concerns from doctors and midwives and been branded “racist” by activists.White women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be offered an induction of labour at 41 weeks, according to the draft guidelines from the National Instit...
Tags: Health, Family, Human Rights, Scotland, Race, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Health & wellbeing, Northern Ireland, Parents and parenting, Midwifery, Maternal mortality


Guidance to induce minority ethnic pregnancies earlier condemned as racist

Draft Nice guidelines for England, Wales and Northern Ireland will not solve poorer maternity outcomes for women of colour, say doctorsProposed guidance that recommends inducing labour at 39 weeks in pregnant women from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds has raised concerns from doctors and midwives and been branded “racist” by activists.White women with uncomplicated pregnancies should be offered an induction of labour at 41 weeks, according to the draft guidelines from the National I...
Tags: Health, Family, Human Rights, Scotland, Race, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Health & wellbeing, Northern Ireland, Parents and parenting, Midwifery, Maternal mortality


Yappy dogs, moody cats… why lockdown owners are full of ‘pet regret’

Charities are warning of a surge in people struggling to cope with animals bought last yearAnimal behaviourists and charities are warning of a surge in lockdown pet regret as owners struggle to cope with pets bought during the last year.“We have a lot of new, very inexperienced owners – people who either haven’t had pets before or had them in childhood,” said Linda Cantle from Wood Green, The Animals Charity. She said Wood Green’s free pet behaviour helpline now receives 66% more calls each mont...
Tags: Animals, Pets, Life and style, UK News, Animal behaviour, Wood Green, Linda Cantle


V&A exhibition will use 250 objects to highlight creativity of African fashion

London museum show to focus on the work of the continent’s designers over the past few decadesAn exhibition about African fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum will attempt to reframe the narrative about the continent, showcasing its independence and creativity following decades of false assumptions.Africa Fashion opens on 11 June 2022 and will feature 250 objects telling the story of the continent through the work of its most prominent and influential designers. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, London, Africa, Life and style, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Museums, V&a, Victoria, Albert Museum, Africa Fashion


Tough Mudder Scotland cancelled at last minute due to Covid

Midlothian council revokes licence for sold-out obstacle race with less than a day’s noticeCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTough Mudder Scotland, which was scheduled for this weekend, has been called off with less than a day’s notice.The obstacle race, in which participants are dunked into an ice bath and wade through a mile of mud, was due to take place in Dalkeith country park in Midlothian on Saturday and Sunday. Continue reading...
Tags: Scotland, Life and style, UK News, Infectious Diseases, Midlothian, Dalkeith, Coronavirus, Obstacle courses (OCR races


Celebrities’ mini-me fashion trend wins royal approval

Prince William and son George join trend of famous parents and their children wearing matching outfitsAny public appearance by the Duchess of Cambridge typically dominates the fashion headlines the next day. But, for England’s Euro 2020 match against Germany this week, the duchess was overshadowed by her companions – Prince William and seven-year-old Prince George. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, England, Germany, Life and style, UK News, Retail industry, Cambridge, Prince William, William, Serena Williams, Kim Kardashian West, George, George Continue


Pregnant women in England denied mental health help because of Covid

In 2020-21, only 31,261 out of 47,000 managed to access perinatal mental health services Thousands of pregnant women in England were denied vital help for their mental health because of the pandemic, analysis from leading psychiatrists shows.In 2020-21, 47,000 were expected to access perinatal mental health services to help with conditions such as anxiety and depression during or after giving birth, but only 31,261 managed to get help in the most recent data for the 2020 calendar year only, acco...
Tags: Health, Family, England, Women, Pregnancy, Life and style, Society, UK News, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Health & wellbeing, Parents and parenting, Royal College of Psychiatrists Continue


I spy: are smart doorbells creating a global surveillance network?

They were sold as gadgets that meant you would never miss a delivery. But now doorbell cameras – from Amazon’s Ring to Google’s Nest – are recording our every moveI have got a new doorbell. It’s brilliant. It should be; it cost £89. It’s a Ring video doorbell; you’ll have seen them around. There are others available, made by other companies, with other four-letter names such as Nest and Arlo. When someone rings my doorbell, I’m alerted on my smartphone. I can see who is there, and speak to them....
Tags: Google, Amazon, Gadgets, Technology, Crime, Police, Life and style, UK News, World news, US news, Surveillance, US policing, US crime, Nest, UK civil liberties


Mystery of the wheelie suitcase: how gender stereotypes held back the history of invention

Why have some brilliant innovations – from rolling luggage to electric cars – taken so long to come to market? Macho culture has a lot to answer forIn 1972 an American luggage executive unscrewed four castors from a wardrobe and fixed them to a suitcase. Then he put a strap on his contraption and trotted it gleefully around his house.This was how Bernard Sadow invented the world’s first rolling suitcase. It happened roughly 5,000 years after the invention of the wheel and barely one year after N...
Tags: Travel, Gadgets, Business, Technology, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Nasa, Men, Motoring, Bernard Sadow


Linen condoms and bed curtains: tour exposes history of sex in Scotland

National Trust for Scotland presents exploration of intimacy from 17th to 20th centuryThe chafing doesn’t bear thinking about. A replica linen condom secured with a dainty blue ribbon is one of the more wince-inducing props for a new exploration of the history of sex and intimate lives in Scotland.The other material used to fashion prophylactics in the 17th century was animal gut, which was dried then rehydrated at the crucial moment. The Edinburgh-born diarist James Boswell writes about dipping...
Tags: Health, Law, Sex, Scotland, Relationships, Life and style, Society, UK News, Poverty, Culture, Social exclusion, LGBT rights, Contraception and family planning, Edinburgh, Sex trade, National Trust


The sexual assault of sleeping women: the hidden, horrifying rape crisis in Britain’s bedrooms

A recent survey suggested a shockingly high proportion of women have been sexually assaulted by a partner as they slept. Now more and more are speaking outNiamh Ní Dhomhnaill had been with her partner for almost a year when she discovered that he’d been raping her while she slept. At the time, she was 25, and a language teacher in a Dublin secondary school. Her partner, Magnus Meyer Hustveit, was Norwegian. The couple had moved in together within a few months of meeting, but things were tense. I...
Tags: Crime, Marriage, Law, Relationships, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Britain, Men, Dublin, Magnus Meyer Hustveit, Rape and sexual assault, Ní Dhomhnaill, Hustveit


Celebrity buzz: how stars’ bedroom toys have got us all talking about sex

With famous users leading a rebrand, pleasure accessories lose their stigma in a £90bn health and wellness boomLily Allen has one. Cara Delevingne has one. Dakota Johnson has developed her own range. Is the celebrity sex toy 2021’s answer to the celebrity perfume?For some, getting busy has been the last thing on the menu during the pandemic. Study after study, from India to Italy, has revealed that lockdown libido loss is real and that stress has killed the buzz in the bedroom. Sexual wellness, ...
Tags: Health, Business, Sex, India, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, World news, Italy, Cara Delevingne, Lily Allen, Sexual health, Dakota Johnson, Allen, Coronavirus


Lilibet Diana: the baby name that represents a royal rift – and audacious hope

By combining the names of the Queen and the Princess of Wales, Harry and Meghan have highlighted two very different approaches to the monarchy. But which will define the future?The joyful delivery of a baby girl to Prince Harry and Meghan is lovely news. But it has been lost, ever so slightly, in the couple’s naming choice: Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.I don’t think they had any say in the surname, so let’s stick with the forenames. Lilibet is, of course, the Queen’s nickname; not, as you m...
Tags: Family, Children, Life and style, Society, UK News, Monarchy, Parents and parenting, Diana, Princess of Wales, The Queen, Prince Harry, Harry, Elizabeth, Philip, Meghan, Margaret


‘A career change saved my life’: the people who built better lives after burnout

Chronic stress at work can lead to listlessness, fatigue – and a much higher risk of stroke and heart disease. But there are ways to save yourself before it’s too lateSpencer Carter had been signed off work for three months with stress. Before that time was up, his employers “encouraged” him back early, then doubled the size of the team he managed – and his responsibility. “In the last couple of years, everything got worse,” he says, with a degree of understatement. In fact, his GP warned him th...
Tags: Health, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Work & careers, Mental Health, Anxiety, Health & wellbeing, Men, Post-traumatic stress disorder, Guardian Careers, Carter, Changing Jobs


Kim Leadbeater on running for her sister Jo Cox’s seat: ‘I know this is what she would want me to be doing’

Five years after Jo Cox MP was murdered in her constituency, her sister is standing for Labour in a crucial byelection there. She explains why she’s ready to take on Cox’s political legacyIt was the most shocking day in British politics this century. On 16 June 2016, a week before the Brexit vote, brooding tensions came to a climax with one horrific act of violence: the murder of Jo Cox. It was only 13 months since she had been elected to parliament as Labour’s MP for Batley and Spen in West Yor...
Tags: Family, Politics, Life and style, UK News, Britain, Labour, Yorkshire, Local Politics, Byelections, Siblings, Bereavement, North Of England, Cox, Leadbeater, Batley, Birstall


Diana’s wedding dress goes on display at Kensington Palace

Princess of Wales’s gown will be at exhibition Royal Style in the Making from 3 JuneFashion fans and royal followers will be able to get a closeup look at the dress that Diana, Princess of Wales, wore on her wedding day in 1981.The gown, with its 25ft sequin-encrusted train that dramatically filled the aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral, will be on show for the first time at Kensington Palace in 25 years. Continue reading...
Tags: Fashion, London, Wales, Life and style, UK News, Monarchy, Wedding Dresses, Weddings, Diana, Princess of Wales, Kensington Palace, Diana Princess of Wales, St Paul 's Cathedral, JuneFashion


And the bride wore … a rental gown: is hiring clothes the future of fashion?

This weekend, Carrie Symonds married Boris Johnson in a wedding dress she had rented. She isn’t alone. From dresses to shoes to hairbands, clothes hire is growing fastWhen Carrie Symonds married Boris Johnson over the bank holiday weekend, it wasn’t in a dress handed down by a relative, or a custom-made designer frock destined to take up space in her wardrobe for years to come. It was in a dress she had rented for a few days from a website called My Wardrobe HQ.You might not expect a person who ...
Tags: Fashion, Life and style, UK News, Weddings, Boris Johnson, Johnson, Carrie, Symonds, Carrie Johnson, Westminster Cathedral, Carrie Symonds, Sacha Newall, My Wardrobe HQ


Most Britons cannot name all parts of the vulva, survey reveals

Nearly 40% mislabelled clitoris regardless of their gender in study conducted out of concern for female patientsDo you know your urethra from your clitoris? And could you locate either of them on a diagram? According to a survey of patients in hospital waiting rooms, half of Britons could not identify the urethra, while 37% mislabelled the clitoris – regardless of their gender. Meanwhile, just 46% correctly identified that women have three “holes” down below.Dina El-Hamamsy, a senior obstetrics ...
Tags: Health, Women, Life and style, Society, UK News, Cambridge, Dina El Hamamsy, Addenbrookes


Hair waste from salons recycled to mop up oil spills on sea shores

Hairdressers from UK and Ireland sign up to initiative to protect environment and power National GridHair cuttings from salons are being used to mop up oil spills and hair bleaches, and dyes are being burned to create energy as part of a scheme to make the hairdressing industry greener.Over the past 10 months, 550 salons across the UK and Ireland have signed up to the Green Salon Collective (GSC), an initiative that reduces salon waste through recycling and education programmes. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Environment, Life and style, UK News, Ireland, Ethical and green living, Recycling, Waste, Men's Hair, Women's Hair, Green Salon Collective GSC


Hot tub health kick: why a long bath is almost as good for you as a long run

Researchers have discovered that prolonged immersion in a piping hot bath has many of the same medical benefits as aerobic exerciseName: Hot baths.Age: First used by the ancient Egyptians 4,000 years ago. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Science, Fitness, Life and style, UK News, World news, Medical Research, Health & wellbeing



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