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David Bowie records special Christmas message in his best Elvis Presley impression

Christmas cards just not cutting it this year? How about season’s greetings from the Thin White Duke himself? David Bowie has recorded a special …

Miley Cyrus says after Disney, it was time to be herself | Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - It is sex, drugs and pop music - and Miley Cyrus is fine with it that way now that the provocative singer has shed her innocent Disney star image along with most of her clothes.<p>Miley Cyrus performs during the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada September 21, …

Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

<b>Listen · 4:52</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>One of the world's oldest and most iconic piano makers, Pleyel, will close its factory doors in Paris at the end of 2013.<p>The French press characterized the bankruptcy as inevitable in the face of cheaper competition from China. But many disagree: …

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 …

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 …

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