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  • Catwalk © Pavel Losevsky |

    ‘Walking Skeletons’: media, misogyny and thinness

    October 2007: a model walks the Guy Laroche catwalk at Paris fashion week. Her beautifully cut, flowing backless tunic, like her skin, is purest white: her simply-styled hair and minimal makeup designed to showcase the flowing lines of Laroche’s expert draping. What is most striking about this show, though – and what will attract widespread attention from commentators and bloggers is not the clothes, but the thinness of the woman’s body.

  • Smart meters don't make us any smarter about energy use

    Energy bills are higher on the political agenda than ever before and we are constantly being told that devices such as smart meters will help us make better decisions and take control of the energy we use. But evidence shows that these new technologies are not making us more savvy.

  • All this talk about lights hides bigger energy challenges

    To anyone following recent discussions about the UK’s energy sector, it might seem the nation is entirely lighting-obsessed.

  • School holiday shakeup brings unintended consequences

    Michael Gove’s proposal to allow all schools in England to set their own holidays is part of a bill aimed at removing “unnecessary burdens” and regulations. But removing some burdens could create others.