International prize goes to US designer who was worried about using bike-hire schemes without a helmet The inventor of a foldable bicycle helmet has won a 30,000 prize to take it towards commercialisation. The EcoHelmet is the brainchild of Isis Shiffer, a 28-year-old designer and bike enthusiast from New York who came up with the […]

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All aboard the Love Train: young, single New Zealanders on a romantic quest

Once every two years the rural town of Middlemarch holds a singles ball attracting hundreds of young people in all regions of the country looking for love As the train chugs across the Taieri Plains, female hips clad in sequins press against male thighs in polyester suits. The carriages sway unpredictably, flinging young revellers randomly […]

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Hockey, weed and taxes? 11 Canadian stereotypes debunked

Canada is often pictured as a uniformly cold, multicultural, socialist paradise full of beer-swilling ice hockey fans. But a close look at the evidence uncovers some very different truths good and bad about the Great White North Its pretty easy to conjure an idea of a Canadian. As one young paramour looking to marry an […]

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Serge Attukwei Clottey: the artist urging African men to dress as women

Serge Attukwei Clottey strolled through Ghanas capital city in his dead moms clothes to honour her memory and to highlight injustice against women. It is the latest step in his art collectives mission to create social change A muscle-heavy man sits, gazing unsmiling at the camera, on a throne of yellow plastic water cans. His […]

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Ken Done: sell-out, one-hit wonder, or Australia’s most underrated artist?

In the 80 s it seemed like every Australian family owned at least one Ken Done handbag, mug or doona covering. But he still battles the prejudices of the Australian art establishment Ken Done believes a lot of contemporary art is shallow, pretentious and hardly worth looking at. Not all of it, he tells. Some […]

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Mick Jones:’ Spaghetti House was the place to run “when hes” writing in Joe Strummer’s squat’

The Clash guitarist remembers spying on Mick Jagger eating dinner and life as a vegetarian in the 1970 s When I was eight my parents divorced. Dad movedon, and Mum moved to America, so I was appeared after and fed by my gran, Stella. Shed been born in 1899 to Jewish mothers whod escaped the […]

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Not Brooklyn’s finest: who’s to blame for Beckham Jr’s photo debacle?

Posh and Becks eldest has been given a kicking over his new book of photography. But before we get too exercised about the output of modern celebrity progeny, its worth looking back at history to realise things could be much worse Fittingly, the fuss over Brooklyn Beckhams debut book of photography is a little out […]

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‘ There’s nothing incorrect with a bit of mould ‘: cooks on food waste and using leftovers

How important are best-before and use-by dates? Angela Hartnett, Tamal Ray, Ruby Tandoh and Thomasina Miers explain what they bin and what they keep Its a wonder the human race managed to survive before the advent of a date sticker telling us when we should be eating certain foods by, but survive we did. Mostly […]

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