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Starwoman? Mattel announces David Bowie Barbie dressed as Ziggy Stardust

Toy company heralds the ultimate pop chameleon with new doll, complete with striped jumpsuit and accessories Mattel has announced its latest Barbie doll: one dressed as David Bowies iconic alter ego Ziggy Stardust. Complete with red boots to match a backcombed mane of hair and a striped jumpsuit, plus some cosmic accessories and face paint, Barbie replicates the look of Bowies bisexual messenger from the stars though her usual pleasant smile doesnt quite match the intense stare usually associated with the character. Introducing the $50 (40) doll, The Rise and…

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Blind date: There was little leeway for a two-way conversation

Rachel, 22, client services co-ordinator, and Ty, 27, consultant Rachel on Ty What were you hoping for?To meet the love of my life, obviously. First impressions?Considering I was 10 minutes late, I thought his first impression of me would be fairly low. But he was 15 minutes later than that, so I was both relieved and a tad irritated. What did you talk about?His friends, his family, his job… there was little leeway for a two-way conversation. Any awkward moments?Our debate about Pip from Great Expectations turns out you either…

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‘I wanted sex on my terms, and it was’: readers on the joy of losing your virginity in your 30s

Our article about later-in-life virgins generated a huge response much of it from readers who had finally found love, or started having sex, in their 30s or later. From the woman who lost her virginity six months ago, to the thirtysomething who no longer feels alone, here is what you told us When Preeta vaginismus which the NHS describes as the bodys automatic reaction to the fear of vaginal penetration. Their marriage lasted 10 years; Sarah eventually left her husband, whom she came to see as a bully. She subsequently…

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My life in sex: I have always loved spanking womens bottoms

Away from spanking, Im a light-hearted, mild-mannered chap This morning, I visited my next-door neighbour and spanked her. Afterwards, I drove down the motorway and spanked another woman, whom I visit twice a week. Tonight, Im having a first meeting just drinks and a chat with a woman who wants to be spanked. Then, tomorrow, Im driving to Plymouth to see another woman whom I discipline regularly. There are others, too. Im a graphic designer (freelance, hence the daytime freedom) in my late 40s, and I have loved spanking womens…

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‘Mom, is it bad to be brown and Jewish?’: how to talk to your children about race

Since Trumps rise to power, writer Mira Jacob has faced increasingly difficult questions from her young son It started with Michael Jackson. It was 2014, and Mira Jacobs six-year-old son Z had moved on from being obsessed with Freddie Mercury (He demanded fake moustaches for a solid year), to being obsessed with Jackson. He knew all the moves and was never without a fedora. So my husband and I, thinking we were geniuses, got him all the albums, Jacob explains. The problem is, when you give a mixed-race kid albums…

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How black mothers talk to their daughters about skin tone

Photographer Shaniqwa Jarvis gathered women to capture the variety and pride in skin tone across all black women, and also between mothers and daughters. Audrey and daughters Annette and Tricia Annette and Tricia: We are light-skinned but with a yellow undertone. Audrey: Im brown-skinned. Audrey: I was so dark compared to my mom and my sisters. In my own family they would tease me because I looked so different. Annette: Growing up we were infatuated with her. We thought she was so pretty. We would sit on the floor outside…

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Age is no barrier: meet the world’s oldest top athletes

Richard Godwin catches up with five pensioners, aged up to 108, who thrive on extreme exercise Edwina Brocklesby: triathlete, 76, Kingston-upon-Thames I didnt do any exercise at all until I was 50. I remember trying out for the long-jump team at university for a laugh and I couldnt move for two weeks afterwards. So that was the end of my athletics career. And then I had three children and I was busy with my job. I was a social worker and ran two adoption agencies. One day, I went to…

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Running among the ruins: seeing Cambodia at a trot

A dawn jog around the magnificent temples of Angkor is the perfect way to meet an ancient country with deep roots Temple Run is a relentlessly addictive computer game. The concept is simple enough. Youve stolen a cursed idol from an ancient crumbling temple and now you have to run for your life to escape the evil monkeys gnashing at your heels. The temple run I am doing, however, is much slower, far less frantic and it only features a handful of snoozing macaques. But it is so infinitely more…

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Everyones decluttering is it time to throw out all your childrens toys and artworks?

Ive taken cuddly toys from my kids while theyve slept and thrown out their paintings. Its the only way to control the family chaos YES! Guilt replaced by vindication. Im talking about myself, and decluttering because decluttering is all anyone seems to talk about at the moment (Brexit is just a form of it). Not Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, professional organisers to the stars, including Kevin the Carrot family from Aldi is being picked off, one by one, at night? And Then There Were None. Probably not, I generally…

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Dido: Im actually loving getting older

The singer, 47, on binge-watching TV, creativity and the horse that almost killed her I cant remember a time before I played music. My first instrument was a recorder I found in lost property at school. If Id told my parents I needed one, theyd have asked What for? So I took it home and played it for hours. I had to keep it a secret, though. There wasnt a TV at home growing up, so Id cycle to my mates house on a Wednesday night to watch Dallas. Its…

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Student who carried heart in backpack dies from transplant complications

Rebecca Henderson, 24, was believed to be only person in world with total artificial heart as treatment for heart cancer A woman who carried her artificial heart in a backpack after her own was removed has died due to transplant complications. Rebecca Henderson, 24, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, had her entire heart removed and replaced with a total artificial heart (TAH) last year, after being diagnosed with grade 3 heart cancer in 2017. She was put on the heart transplant list in January after scans showed she had been cancer-free for…

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Blood, spit and swabs: can you trust home medical-testing kits?

Is posting off your bodily fluids to a DIY health-testing company the future of healthcare or just too much information? On a dark February morning, I wake grainy with sleep and head to the kitchen. Before making toast or coffee, I unscrew the cap from a tiny test tube and spit into it. Over and over, but its surprisingly difficult to fill up a whole vial. It takes 10 minutes before my frothy deposit reaches the marked minimum line. My housemate sips her coffee. Are you ill? she asks. No,…

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How to win friends and keep them

Emma Beddington has never mastered the art of friendship so when she moved back to her hometown, she turned to science instead. But would it open doors? Moving back to my childhood home town after 25 years has meant many things keep me awake at night. What have we done, will my sons start taking spice, why is York obsessed with bubble tea and Harry Potter, where did all these seagulls come from? One that recurs frequently, late at night, as the birds shriek outside my window is: will I…

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Calvin Klein is all bite in New York with Jaws homage

Raf Simons features red beanie hats, wetsuits and wet hair in spring/summer tribute to Hollywood masterpiece The Jaws theme is one of the most famous in cinema but its fair to say it hasnt had a fashion moment. Until now. On Tuesday evening in New York, it signalled the start along with a floor-to-ceiling projection of the water in the 1975 Spielberg film of the Calvin Klein spring/summer show. The collection, designed by creative director Raf Simons, had references that all fans of the film would pick up. It felt,…

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Do you look like your dog? Canine-human lookalikes in pictures

Canine-human lookalikes photographed by Gerrard Gethings Gerrard Gethings says: Certain breeds would be essential because of their unique characteristics: Afghan hounds, poodles, pugs, bulldogs etc. I put out the word on social media and was inundated with dogs. I chose 10 of them and then set out to find their human counterpart. Fenella and Georgine, a Saluki Fenella and Georgine, a saluki The plan was to shoot the dogs, find the humans, style them, then have them behave or pose in a similar way. This process would be repeated until…

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