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Fifty shades of pink

ON THE last Saturday in June the centre of Singapore’s very sober business district turned distinctly pink. Lesbians, gay men and others converged there for the annual celebration of what organisers call the “Freedom to Love”, also known as the “Pink...

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Should You Rent Your Next Dress?

As Cassidy Rice, 25, got ready for Stanford Law School's formal, she decided to treat herself and rent a $1,500 Herve Leger dress from the dress rental company Rent the Runway. Her total cost, including insurance, delivery and taxes, was $180. "I loved...

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talking blues

The next five months are going to be the toughest in Botswana's post-2008 era. Water rationing is upon us, a creepy signal that we are in a crisis. We don't have water and this has serious implications. First, we are going to have a serious shortage of...

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County designer wins Belk contest

Regina White tried to run away from her dream job, but it found her anyway. As a young girl in Fayetteville, N.C., White enjoyed making sketches of wedding dresses and dreamed of becoming a fashion designer. When she received her first sewing machine...

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Thief stole from dying mum

IS there a more contemptible criminal in St Helens than heartless thief David Lawson? Lawson provoked outrage last year when he was caught stealing cash from a Salvation Army office in Hammond Street, Parr, narrowly avoiding a jail term. But a court was...

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Pata refused the money

Aparecida Pata and Denize Ferreira packed a Samsonite suitcase with Chanel handbags, Hermès belts, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and Burberry tops for a stylish summer escape from Brazil to Miami. But they got a rude reception in South Beach, where everything in...

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