There, among the buckets of roses and cherry blossom, tucked away on shelves filled with trailing ferns, juicy succulents and a cache of vintage milk bottles, was a heap of sticks, priced from £12 to £18. There is a new shop in Stoke Newington selling sticks because of course there is. In the 1980s, comedian Alexei Sayle joked about this being a place where people grew their own denim and knitted their own yoghurt, a place where one Sunday, the houses fell down as gentrifying residents all chose the same weekend to knock their front and back rooms into one.
A US firm offering high-heeled 'crib shoes' for baby girls has been slammed by parents on social media, who have branded the items "shocking" and "disgusting". "They’re just like mom’s favorite pair of pumps only in a miniature size," says the company website, adding: "Pee Wee Pumps will be your daughter’s first fashion statement. The firm offers six designs of high heels, with names including 'Diva', 'Swanky' and 'Wild Child', all currently priced at $9.99 (around £8).
As a young female teacher in my 20s, I wasn’t surprised to read about the recent furore surrounded Lydia Ferguson, a teacher at Ousedale secondary in Newport Pagnell. The school I work in is pretty male-dominated, so if I go to them in tears, it'll seem like I can’t cope.
Katie Massie-Taylor met Sarah Hesz on a cold and rainy morning in south-west London. “We were the only ones in the playground and Sarah came up and awkwardly chatted me up - she asked for my number within two minutes,” Katie laughs. As she recalls, Katie was close to tears that morning, having recently moved back from New York to London.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge is best known for her hit BBC series Fleabag, where she played an archetypal millennial young woman who is slowly ruining her life, one one night-stand at a time. Need we say more?
Model Adwoa Aboah opens up to her mother Camilla Lowther about her battle with depression, which over the years has been so severe that she once tried to take her own life.
Ruby Wax OBE speaks to her husband, TV director Ed Bye about the first time she revealed to him she was struggling - when they were just a few feet away from the registry office on their wedding day.
Would you mind looking after Rose for an extra day next week on top of my two work days? Rose is so quick on her feet that 12 hours is – at a guess – equivalent to a month of my pilates, yoga, tennis and jogging sessions. Usually I do swimming and music class on a Wednesday and library singalong and play group on a Thursday.
Jo Irwin is a blogger who writes under the name "The Lady London". Here, she speaks to her mum Sue Irwin about the moment she first opened up to her about her struggles with mental health, and the difference it made to talk. She says: "After chatting to you, I'm not ashamed anymore." Video block text
Anni Ferguson is a journalist who has spoken openly about the stigma attached to mental illness within the black community.
Sarah Hesz and Katie Massie-Taylor are two mums from London who were struggling with the loneliness which can often come with life as a new mum before they struck up an awkward conversation in the playground.
Josie Bevan’s north London home was burgled last week, but instead of getting frightened she confesses it left her unmoved. It was the latest in a line of reverses that have turned her previously privileged, middle-class life upside down, but the Bevan sitting in front of me doesn’t seem in the least broken. As she sips her tea in her cosy, colourful front room, this gently-spoken 43-year-old nutritionist, mother to two daughters, is full of fight. Rob looks good at visiting.
You would imagine Adwoa Aboah has led a charmed life. The British model is in peak demand, having just finished a stellar catwalk season (undoubtedly her most high profile yet) which saw her walk for Marc Jacobs and Coach in New York; Topshop and Erdem in London; Versace and Fendi in Milan and Dior and Chanel in Paris.
In their heart of hearts, every mother of young children has privately wondered: "What would happen to my family if I died?" The obvious answer is, it doesn’t bear thinking about. The documentary followed the footballer and his three children a year after he lost his wife Rebecca to cancer.
Growing up in Durham, there was always an expectation that I would apply for the city’s university. On top of that, I just wasn’t sure that I wanted to go to a highly academic university. Like many high-achievers, I like working at my own pace and often struggle under pressure, so I worried that I’d feel suffocated at somewhere like Durham or Oxbridge.
What’s the etiquette when you meet a fellow mum from your child’s school for the first time? When that happened to Kate Middleton, whose son George starts pre-prep in September, she stuck to a cheery, ‘I may see you at the school gates!’ Predicable, perhaps - but sometimes it’s wise to play safe because these people will be in your life for a very long time. High drama at the school gates in new TV drama Big Little Lies Credit: HBO/HBO
To provoke debate, maybe - though utter disbelief is surely the more likely by-product. “If I hit you with this bat with my full power then you would be dead,” 34-year-old Mustafa Bashir told his wife Fakhara Karima after striking her with it. After telling the courts that, if excused a prison sentence, he could take up a position at Leicestershire County Cricket Club (LCCC), judge Richard Mansell QC determined that Fakhara was not vulnerable as she “is plainly an intelligent woman with a network of friends and did go on to graduate university with a 2:1 and a masters.” Hours after the verdict, the LCCC said they had never heard of Bashir. Last July, 18-year-old Megan Clark was raped by a man she met on a night out in Manchester.
This is the PM and the First Minister of Scotland, the two most important politicians in the United Kingdom going about their daily business and yet…it’s hit the double-take spot and now – for at least the next twelve hours - it’s the Did You See picture.
Goop broke it’s derriere-related silence in a post titled ‘reality check: anal sex’ which broke down all of its potential risks and rewards. The most shocking aspect of the entire article was that it treated anal sex like something unusual or taboo. Who are women are who need to be told the fundamental basics of anal sex?
Last month, an 11-year-old trans girl was shot with a BB gun by fellow pupils in Greater Manchester - an incident her parents said left her “traumatised.” It is just one of many examples of the rise in bullying, from the mum who says her child is too anxious to make new friends because, as she puts it “If adults can’t understand and accept me, how are other kids going to?” to Dame Jenni Murray’s recent comments that trans women are not "real women". When Nadia Almada won Big Brother when I was a teenager, it was the first time I’d seen anyone like me presented in a positive light - apart from that, trans people were only ever portrayed as objects of ridicule, pity or disgust. In January, the BBC documentary ‘Transgender Kids: Who Knows Best’ aired the views of Dr Kenneth Zucker and Dr Ray Blanchard, whose theories – that being trans may be a fetish, or something to be discouraged – are based on ideas that were prevalent in 1970s and 80s.
United Airlines became embroiled in a fierce online row on Sunday after young female passengers were barred from boarding a flight at Denver International Airport while wearing leggings.
In today’s single-use, throwaway culture, when phone screens that last longer than six months are celebrated, Iris’s accordion is testament to a hardier time. “I always wanted to play the piano but there was no space with only two rooms between us,” chortles Iris.
Most of my childhood memories revolve around my mum’s homemade cakes. She was a home economics teacher, so there always seemed to be hot scones coming out of the oven, a fresh crumble on the dinner table and a slice of fruitcake tucked into my school lunch box.
My fall came during a game of netball and, though I didn’t hear a snap of bone or the ping of a tendon, my right leg stopped working immediately.
Walk down the corridor into artist Susie Ray’s sea-view studio on the Cornish coast and you’ll pass a number of empty frames hanging on the walls, between smiling photographs of her two daughters. As one of the pioneers of the copyist art movement, able to reproduce the richness of a Monet as easily as the smooth patina of a Caravaggio, it seems a strange oversight. “I just never got around to filling some of them,” says Ray, with a shrug.