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A survey has revealed some surprising results about waxing. Perhaps natural isn't something to worry about after all?
I feel like a traitor. Earlier this month – despite knowing how deleterious our national obsession with home ownership is to the young – I bought a one-bedroom flat in south London. I’m now a fully mortgaged-up member of the Kirstie Allsopp club.
Once, stuffing a guinea pig for pleasure was considered mildly eccentric. Now, the craze has become so popular that even leading practitioners say it has got out of hand. Polly Morgan, who made taxidermy fashionable 10 years ago with her zany displays of birds, says she has become "uncomfortable with the direction taxidermy is taking", saying it is "ghoulish and macabre to stuff animals for kicks". She thinks that young people are "glorifying or sexualising" dead animals.
Johnny Marr had the audience spinning, and your reviewer wiping a tear from her eye
Keep your cool in the heat of summer with a simple shift dress in this feminine fabric, says Naomi Attwood
The digital age was meant to put an end to paper, but a new Ikea boutique shows that we can’t get enough of it, writes Kate Burt
When a moving dot on-screen is swiped at it triggers the camera
Tonight comes with an odd sense of dislocation – the solo artist on stage bears the glow of a five-month pregnancy if not the bump, while singing mostly about heartbreak and separation. A lot has happened in the two years since Alela Diane's last album, the country-swinging Alela Diane & Wild Divine, notably divorce and engagement to a new feller. The north Californian has yet to reveal if this fiancée is another musician, something you wonder about as she takes the stage to perform solo.
Answers at bottom of page
After a bit of light DIY, some seamless sounds
Fashion favourite Sophia Webster’s new range of lipsticks for Revlon come with an added kick, says Rebecca Gonsalves
Daniel Kitson’s new show is a reflection on reality, memory and our sense of self. Hardly wall-to-wall giggles, you might think, but this publicity-shy, TV-shunning, Perrier Award-winning comic’s talent lies in burrowing into the human psyche and dispensing profound nuggets through tales in which, more often than not, he is the hapless protagonist. After The Beginning, Before The End is like a TED talk with added LOLs.
The celebrity fad for inkings has taken an alarming turn: now they’re doing it themselves, says Rebecca Armstrong
The recession has made domestic gods and goddesses of us all. In the past five years television has produced Kirstie’s Homemade Home, Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas, The Great British Bake Off and now The Great British Sewing Bee, which airs tonight.
Centuries of debate over where King Alfred the Great is buried could soon be over after archaeologists exhumed bones from an unmarked grave this morning.
Simon Usborne reports on a (possible) solution