Victoria Richards

Victoria Richards is a freelance journalist currently working for The Independent online. She has previously worked for The Times and Sunday Times online and BBC News UK

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Lammily with acne on her forehead

Lammily the 'Normal Barbie' is a great start, but no gendered toy is without problems

We don’t want our daughters to believe that they are ‘average’, we want them to aim for the moon

Kim Kardashian's naked photo isn't shocking - but her body confidence is

We’re living in a time where women’s body image anxiety is at crashing and despondent levels

From trick-or-treating to the Mexican Day of the Dead, how Halloween is celebrated around the world

By comparison, Halloween in Britain is largely an understated affair

Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything

As a nation we hugely overestimate certain numbers - particularly when it comes to immigration

Puppy farm shootings: John Lowe murdered my family, but police 'put the gun in his hands', says relative

Surrey Police says three officers being investigated over decision to return guns to puppy farmer despite warnings

Robbie Williams live blogging his wife Ayda Field's labour is a step too far for the over-sharing generation

Because if there’s just one thing more painful than vaginal delivery, it’s got to be listening to Robbie Williams singing Frozen while you push

The service paid tribute to Alice's love of music

Alice Gross funeral: Family say they find it 'impossible to understand her appalling death'

The 14-year-old's body was found in the River Brent in west London last month

Police killer Harry Roberts to be released 'within days'

Roberts was jailed for life in 1966 for the murder of three plain-clothed police officers

Most remote community in the UK - Inverie, in north-west Scotland - 'taught how to Google'

Most remote community in the UK 'taught how to use Facebook'

Members of detached community keen to get up to speed on items of technology that the rest of the UK takes for granted

Nepal avalanche kills at least 12 trekkers in mountain pass, with dozens still missing

Bad weather is being blamed on Cyclone Hudhu

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?
Nightclubbing with Richard Young: The story behind his latest book of celebrity photographs

24-Hour party person

Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
Colouring books for adults: How the French are going crazy for Crayolas

Colouring books for adults

How the French are going crazy for Crayolas
Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

Playwright Jack Thorne's latest work 'Hope' poses the question to audiences
Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
10 best stocking fillers for foodies

Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Phil Hughes had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

Prolific opener had world at his feet until Harmison and Flintoff bounced him
'I have an age of attraction that starts as low as four': How do you deal with a paedophile who has never committed a crime?

'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
Green Party on the march in Bristol: From a lost deposit to victory

From a lost deposit to victory

Green Party on the march in Bristol
Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

Winter blunderlands

Putting the grot into grotto
'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital