I never knew whether Id take my two premature babies home
Dec10

I never knew whether Id take my two premature babies home

The premature birth of twins Albie and Reuben set off four traumatic months as they struggled to survive and their parents fought to cope. Giulia Rhodes talks to the boys mother, Courtney Bryant, as this gruelling time finally ends Holding a new baby for the first time is, for any parent, a very special moment. Itwas one for whichCourtney Bryant and her partner, Daniel, had to wait five weeks. Albie and Reuben, the couples twin...

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Benetton’s controversial art director Oliviero Toscani returns
Dec01

Benetton’s controversial art director Oliviero Toscani returns

The man who is famous for his shock tactics is back at the brand where he made his name, but what can we expect the second time around? A newborn baby, still with umbilical cord. A nun and priest kissing. A white woman, black woman and Asian baby wrapped up together in a blanket. A man with Aids, on his deathbed, surrounded by his family. Three raw hearts, with the words white, black and yellow written on each. All of these images...

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The cult of natural wine  ‘this is like punk or acid house’
Nov22

The cult of natural wine ‘this is like punk or acid house’

A small, fast-growing network of militant producers and bars are engaging a new audience with the bolshie flavours of additive-free natural wine. But how is the rebellion going down with the wine establishment? Steve Nuttall is trying to mess with my head. The 35-year-old wine expert at boho Leeds bar-restaurant the Reliance has arranged a natural wine tasting as a primer for the Guardian, and things are getting, well, weird. That, I...

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David Cassidy ‘conscious’ after being hospitalised with organ failure
Nov21

David Cassidy ‘conscious’ after being hospitalised with organ failure

The 67-year-old Partridge Family actor and singer is surrounded by his family after being rushed to hospital in Florida, spokeswoman says US actor and singer David Cassidy is conscious and surrounded by family, his spokeswoman has said, after he was admitted to hospital for organ failure earlier this week. The Partridge Family star, 67, was rushed to a Florida hospital three days ago and requires a liver transplant. A spokeswoman for...

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Raising a black son in the US: He had never taken a breath, and I was already mourning him
Nov20

Raising a black son in the US: He had never taken a breath, and I was already mourning him

Even before her son was born, Jesmyn Ward was preoccupied with one thing how she would prepare him for survival Five years ago, I bore my first child, a daughter. She was born six weeks early. She was slow to cry and pale when she emerged from behind the tent shielding my stomach. In a response that I am ashamed to admit, and one that I suspect was driven by stress, shock and anaesthesia, my first words to her were, Why is she so...

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