Rebecca Armstrong

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Jeremy Scott’s “wings” Adidas trainers

Adidas trainers go Schwing: Oh, for the wings, for the wings of a shoe...

When I first set eyes on Jeremy Scott’s “wings” Adidas trainers on The Independent’s fashion pages, I was overcome with lust. Over the top, utterly mad and enough to turn the average sneaker wearer into Hermes (or a winged horse – gotta love a bit of Pegasus).

Female protagonists in fairy tales: Imagine if the witches of Oz got their due

Perhaps we might recast some tales so that the glass slipper is on the other foot

Flaw plan: Johnstone has a protagonist with plenty of faults and a missing wife

Review: Gone Again, By Doug Johnstone

Quiet thriller with a hero who's more everyman than superman

Can the four-day working week really be the future?

More personal time, more money saved by school districts and employers and it's already been tried in Utah and The Gambia - what's not to like?

James McAvoy (left), in Welcome to the Punch

Rise of the Nonsensical Film Titles: and these people employ screenwriters...?

There’s no clearer indicator of the fact that you’re getting older than moaning about grammatical inconsistencies in pop songs. But thanks to three new or forthcoming films, my entry into grumpy old womanhood has been assured.

International Women’s Day: what’s on in the United, er, Queendom

If you think Trending has thrown its weight behind International Women’s Day, you should see what the rest of the country is doing.

Spring: Britain's Instagram bloom

Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is? Well, I don’t know about the precise location of the first cuckoo of 2013, but I do know where all the blossom is... on Instagram. The photo-sharing social network has become the new harbinger of the season, with everyone uploading pictures of trees in bloom.

Ambition is not a stick to beat anyone with, least of all Mo Farah and his family

I am VERY ambitious - and proud of it. Nobody should feel that they are worth no more than settling for what they have

Lara Croft: from shy girl to Tomb Raider

The latest Tomb Raider game is an origins story. Rebecca Armstrong meets games scriptwriter Rhianna Pratchett, who had the task of bringing a vulnerable 21-year-old Lara Croft to the masses

Why Google Glass leaves me feeling half-empty

Isn't there something squeamish about wearing a pair of spectacles that distort reality?

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Save the tiger: The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

With only six per cent of the US population of these amazing big cats held in zoos, the Zanesville incident in 2011 was inevitable
Samuel Beckett's biographer reveals secrets of the writer's time as a French Resistance spy

How Samuel Beckett became a French Resistance spy

As this year's Samuel Beckett festival opens in Enniskillen, James Knowlson, recalls how the Irish writer risked his life for liberty and narrowly escaped capture by the Gestapo
We will remember them: relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War

We will remember them

Relatives still honour those who fought in the Great War
Star Wars Episode VII is being shot on film - and now Kodak is launching a last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Kodak's last-ditch bid to keep celluloid alive

Director J J Abrams and a few digital refuseniks shoot movies on film. Simon Usborne wonders what the fuss is about
Once stilted and melodramatic, Hollywood is giving acting in video games a makeover

Acting in video games gets a makeover

David Crookes meets two of the genre's most popular voices
Could our smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases via Health Kit and Google Fit?

Could smartphones soon be diagnosing diseases?

Health Kit and Google Fit have been described as "the beginning of a health revolution"
Ryanair has turned on the 'charm offensive' but can we learn to love the cut-price carrier again?

Can we learn to love Ryanair again?

Four recent travellers give their verdicts on the carrier's improved customer service
Billionaire founder of Spanx launches range of jeans that offers

Spanx launches range of jeans

The jeans come in two styles, multiple cuts and three washes and will go on sale in the UK in October
10 best over-ear headphones

Aural pleasure: 10 best over-ear headphones

Listen to your favourite tracks with this selection, offering everything from lambskin earmuffs to stainless steel
Commonwealth Games 2014: David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end

Commonwealth Games

David Millar ready to serve up gold for his beloved Scotland in the end
UCI Mountain Bike World Cup 2014: Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings

UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

Downhill all the way to the top for the Atherton siblings
Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star