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Matilda Battersby has been a member of The Independent's online editorial team since May 2009.

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Beyonce gets into hairy situation with a fan, Arts

Beyonce gets into hairy situation with a fan

You could say she was surrounded by her biggest fans. But when Beyonce performed “Halo” in Montreal last night her famous hair came a cropper when several strands became caught in an oversized wind machine.

By | Arts, Fame Feed, Music | Tuesday, 23 July 2013 at 4:57 pm

Katie Hopkins on This Morning: Your reactions in Tweets, Arts

Katie Hopkins on This Morning: Your reactions in Tweets

Katie Hopkins has caused outrage with an appearance on ITV’s This Morning by claiming that she “didn’t like” children with “lower class” names such as Charmaine, Chantelle, Chardonnay and Tyler and that she would prevent her own offspring from playing with them.

By | Arts, Fame Feed | Friday, 5 July 2013 at 12:18 pm

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Paris Hilton taught lesson in English on Twitter by Brazilian schoolchildren, Arts

Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Paris Hilton taught lesson in English on Twitter by Brazilian schoolchildren

A pioneering English school in Brazil has helped its pupils to understand the pitfalls of social media by getting them to point out the grammatical errors made by celebrities on Twitter.

By | Arts, Fame Feed, Film, Music | Thursday, 4 July 2013 at 4:48 pm

Fifty Shades of chaos, Arts

Fifty Shades of chaos

E L James’ literary sensation 50 Shades of Grey hasn’t simply boosted sales of paddles and handcuffs in Ann Summers. It has also increased the number of unusual news stories this week, as women (mostly) engross themselves in the romantic potential of Christian Grey to the detriment of daily life.

By | Arts | Friday, 13 July 2012 at 1:51 pm

Becoming Damien Hirst? You’re not the first, Arts

Becoming Damien Hirst? You’re not the first

Damien Hirst, the richest, probably most famous, contemporary living artist, once remarked: “I don’t believe in genius. I believe in freedom. I think anyone can do it. Anyone can be like Rembrandt.” It implies that just as Hirst strove to be the next Rembrandt, so too can we, mere mortals, strive to be the next Damien Hirst. Except that we can’t. The answer to “Who will be the next Damien Hirst?” will be “Nobody”, if the artist has his way. He wants to stay the one and only and has trademarked his name to prove it.

By | Arts | Monday, 21 May 2012 at 12:00 am

“Tory whore” Louise Mensch fights back against women-haters on Twitter, Notebook

“Tory whore” Louise Mensch fights back against women-haters on Twitter

As a result of the recent exposure for Louise Mensch, she has spent rather a long time on Twitter drawing attention to some the misogynistic tweets directed at her in the last 24 hours.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 2 May 2012 at 1:27 pm

Adam Ant: Dandy in the Underworld, Arts

Adam Ant: Dandy in the Underworld

While ego is not normally in short supply among pop singers and rock stars, it is rare for one of them to go so far as to curate an exhibition dedicated to themselves. On Wednesday, an exhibition of pictures of “Prince Charming” singer Adam Ant, curated by Adam Ant (and others), opens at Proud Camden.

By | Arts | Monday, 5 March 2012 at 5:39 pm

Pigs bladders, ape television and brain-scrambling fog, Arts

Pigs bladders, ape television and brain-scrambling fog

The Abandon Normal Devices (AND) festival is a myriad of digital, experiential and submersive art forms defined by these and other questionable buzzwords. During 48 hours at the arty get-together in Liverpool this weekend I touched a pig’s bladder, watched David Shrigley tattooing arms with biro, and, most abnormally, watched apes watching a television sitcom starring humans dressed as apes.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 4 October 2011 at 5:01 pm

Pipilotti Rist is not the girl who misses much, Arts

Pipilotti Rist is not the girl who misses much

Having started out using Super 8 film, Pipilotti Rist is one of the pioneers of video art. She made her first film in 1984, depicting herself with her breasts out repeatedly singing the line “I’m not a girl who misses much” (a reference to The Beatles’ “Happiness is a Warm Gun”) and became notorious for [...]

By | Arts | Tuesday, 27 September 2011 at 5:06 pm

Want a Big Mac? That’ll be 490 calories please, Health

Want a Big Mac? That’ll be 490 calories please

How tantalising will the colour-saturated image of a Big Mac with oozing cheese, crispy lettuce, pickles and greasy meat patties appear to you now that its calorie content is stamped in inch high letters beside it?

By | Health, Notebook | Monday, 5 September 2011 at 3:35 pm

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