Lynn Kurtz

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The cost of false eyelash glamour - in pictures

The international hub of the false eyelash industry is the town of Purbalingga in Central Java, Indonesia, where young women work for as little as 20p a day making the must-have fashion accessory

Family Life: An Irish nun's death in Lima, Peter, Paul and Mary's Puff the Magic Dragon and Mum's winter beetroot dish

Snapshot<b>:</b> My heroic aunt's life in Lima<p>Like so many Irish Catholic families of that time, we had a nun among us – my Aunty Joan. Her parents – my grandparents – were from the south of Ireland. They had a mixed marriage in the 1920s, and it was hard to find their place in a free state that wasn't …

What we liked in 2013: viral videos

December arguably doesn't count as a proper month, so clogged is it with "year in review" lists: what was hot, what was not; what people were talking about around the world (Pope Francis, mainly) or in the UK (Andy Murray, Thatcher, bedroom tax), all set to the requisite sentimental music to let us …

What we liked in 2013: music

You might already have guessed that the outrage surrounding Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines hasn't prevented it from becoming the year's biggest-selling single. There was a chance that sales would nosedive after a succession of student unions banned the song – "utterly degrading to the female …

The best quotes of 2013: what they said, and what some wished they hadn't said

<b>JANUARY</b><p>Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters, can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to …

Sore eyes, bad backs, low pay: the cost of false eyelash glamour

The Victoria and Albert Museum has tossed a grenade into the debate on the ethics of cheap fashion with two controversial acquisitions. The museum wants to add a pair of Katy Perry false eyelashes to its collection, along with some Primark jeans made in the Rana Plaza factory that collapsed in …

Teenagers migrate from Facebook as parents send them friend requests

Facebook is 'dead and buried' to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat.<p>Researching the Facebook use of 16-18 year olds in eight EU countries, the Global Social Media Impact Study found that as parents and …

BlackBerry urges BB10 users to roll-back its glitchy Twitter app

After loads of BB10 user complaints, BlackBerry is pulling the latest Twitter update from its app market. Should you still need your 140-character fix however, the beleaguered smartphone maker has a solution: roll back to the application's previous version -- 10.2.1 -- via the simple step-by-step …

Target confirms encrypted debit PIN data was stolen during hack

Target has confirmed that encrypted debit card PIN data was stolen as part of the massive hack carried out against the retailer between late November and early December. The company previously admitted that card numbers and expiration dates were compromised in the attack that affected 40 million …