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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Sobrr: the modern friendship app for drunken nights out

A new app that deletes photos and friendships 24 hours after making is an attempt to do away with the cringing morning-after-the-night-before

Leena McCall's 'Portrait of Ms Ruby May'

Censoring art as 'pornographic' because it shows pubic hair is ridiculous

In order to protect children we need to educate and empower them, and that includes calling a vagina a vagina

Football match-fixing trio sent to prison

Krishna Ganeshan, Chann Sankaran and Michael Boateng were convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery

Cheryl Cole's controversial tattoo

Cheryl Cole admits that her distinctive floral tattoo cost her the equivalent of a 'small car'

Full-bottom floral design cost her "thousands of pounds"

Children in a school playground

Make all state schools secular, and all faith schools – if we must have them – private

Admissions criteria on the basis of religion, or lack of it, is discriminatory and unfair

The Only Way Is Essex

Ukip's success makes me ashamed to admit I'm from Essex

Forget boob jobs and Botox. Essex, the heartland of the working class man-made-good, now threatens to become synonymous with intolerance

A phobia app won't cure my fear of spiders – I can't even look at pictures of them

I’ve been known to sleep in hallways if there’s a spider in my room

There is far too much sexism in the UK - but a point scoring system against other countries won't help to tackle it

Those who get hung up on winning the sexism battle are ignoring the real issue

I admire Lorde and everyone who bares their make-up free face - but I can't seem do the same

Am I sending my daughter the message that it's not okay to leave the house without wearing make-up?

Kevin Spacey as Washington politician Frank Underwood in Netflix's House of Cards

In with Netflix, out with DVDs - and don't even think about paying for a gardener

14 new items have been added to the nation's consumer price inflation 'shopping basket'

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Save the Tiger: Meet the hunters tasked with protecting Russia's rare Amur tiger

Hunters protect Russia's rare Amur tiger

In an unusual move, wildlife charities have enlisted those who kill animals to help save them. Oliver Poole travels to Siberia to investigate
Transfers: How has your club fared in summer sales?

How has your club fared in summer sales?

Who have bagged the bargain buys and who have landed the giant turkeys
Warwick Davis: The British actor on Ricky Gervais, how the Harry Potter set became his office, and why he'd like to play a spy

'I'm a realist; I know how hard this business is'

Warwick Davis on Ricky Gervais, Harry Potter and his perfect role
The best swim shorts for men: Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer

The best swim shorts for men

Bag yourself the perfect pair and make a splash this summer
Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Has Ukip’s Glastonbury branch really been possessed by the devil?

Meet the couple blamed for bringing Lucifer into local politics
Dress the Gaza situation up all you like, but the truth hurts

Robert Fisk on Gaza conflict

Dress the situation up all you like, but the truth hurts
Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

When William Blake wrote his famous poem there were probably more than 100,000 tigers in the wild. These days they probably number around 3,200
5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

Martha Stewart has flying robot

The lifestyle guru used the drone to get a bird's eye view her 153-acre farm in Bedford, New York
Former Labour minister Meg Hillier has demanded 'pootling lanes' for women cyclists

Do women cyclists need 'pootling lanes'?

Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup