‘It’s a sincere process’: why personal dating ads are making a comeback

Instead of using apps, more people are finding connections in plain, typewriter-text ads that slow the dating process In 2019, there seems to be a hankering for nostalgic things. Young people record players for Christmas, and presidents have gone back to the good, old-fashioned business of building walls. Maybe we shouldnt be surprised, then, that the old-school personal dating ad is also making a comeback. You may know the format: short, candid bios written by people looking for love, displayed in public places such as newspapers. Today, of course, they appear on Instagram and Twitter rather than at the back of the morning paper. They gesture towards simplicity, with adverts displayed in typewriter text on plain backgrounds, no photo necessary. …

Fancy dress is great role play as long as youre under 10 | Eva Wiseman

This Halloween expect to see Naughty Activist, Brexit Bad Boy and zombie strippers that, just like fancy dress, refuse to die Every year Halloween bursts through the slats of Britains door and insists its a thing. I am a thing! it whines. Ask America! Out of politeness, perhaps, we invite it in, with its cantilevered cleavage and bleeding eyes, and we compliment its meaty perfume and listen to its suggestions on how to construct a sexy Amazon warehouse worker costume using only objects that can be delivered next-day on Prime. Though Halloween has a lot to answer for, it would be unfair to rest all blame for the rise of fancy dress on its shoulders the rise, and fall, and …

Is Simon Cowell’s surprising new face a vision of our deepfake future?

In the future, we might all embark on a side-slide not into younger, prettier people, but whole new personae The human face, that subsection of appendages living just south of our eyebrows, has rarely been under such attack. Take the deepfake Red Room reverse speech. Surely, there should be some law to stop this; some guidelines. But the horse has already bolted. Our faces can be used for anything. The future will be one long and terrifying version of ShaggysIt Wasnt Me. Elsewhere, as Cruise was having his face faked, Simon Cowell unveiled his new tight-and-bright visage on the Americas Got Talent red carpet, and caused shockwaves of his own. This isnt my moment to snipe at silly celebrities for …

It’s electrifying! Olivia Newton-John on her big Grease auction

Those headturning trousers, a pink ladies jacket, plus many more items from the actors 55-year career are going under the hammer. So why-yi-yi-yi now? When Sandy told Danny to Tell me about it stud, in skin-tight black trousers and a leather jacket in the 1978 film Grease, little did Olivia Newton-John realise her characters costume would go on to fetch a combined estimate of $230,000 (185,000) at auction more than 40 years later. These items of cinema history, along with 200 more of the actors costumes and personal clothes will go under the hammer at Juliens Auctions in LA in November, with 32 highlights now on display at the Museum of Style Icons in Ireland. Needless to say, the black …

Notes from a Hollywood divorce: ‘We had a primal connection. But we hung by a thread for years’

I wrote a part for my husband in my first movie. By the time filming was over, so was our marriage In every city Ive lived, my sister has been the one to set up the printer, testing it by printing me the lyrics to George Michaels Freedom! 90. I am not the only grown woman entwined with their family, as I am not the only British person entwined with George Michael. When, in 2010, he drove his car through the wall of the Hampstead Snappy Snaps, the resulting hole was quickly daubed with the legend WHAM, by a local who meant it in a loving way. Walking to the underground, I saw it (as well as the aftermath and …

The rise of the sober curious: having it all, without alcohol

Influencers are taking a sober second look at drinking culture but for whose benefit? Louise Delage was briefly Instagram famous in 2016 forever ago in internet years, so you may need a quick refresher on who she was. Delage was a young, beautiful, Parisian Instagram it-girl with more than 100,000 followers at her peak, continually posting photos of herself at rooftop parties or aboard yachts in late summer, hair tousled, and always, always, with a fictionalized social media star created by the French addiction support agency AddictAide in a campaign to raise awareness of alcohol addiction and how deceptively glamorous it can look, especially when filtered through social media. Delage may have been a fabrication, but the fact that the …

Why is Justin Bieber Cruising for a bruising?

Forget Ali v Frazier, a scrap between the Canadian singer and Tom Cruise, an actor known for his hard-as-nails fitness, would surely be the (one-sided) fight of the century Dignitaries and handlers alike flock to the central temple where Tom Cruise spends 18 hours of every day sleeping still with his eyes wide open. The ceremonial robes are maroon today, which signifies danger. Someone has to tell him. Someone Has To Tell Him Justin Bieber Wants A Fight. Enter, Cruise says. Speak. Your worship, I What is it? Im afraid I What is it? It is explained very slowly to him: on Twitter (A high-profile social media platform for Nazis, sir. The studio were very keen you sign up for …