Thursday 21 February 2019

Sophie Donaldson

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The Happy Gang perform on the last night of the Queens theatre

Dublin's Lost Theatres – places so important to the city and its people 

As a nation famed for having a way with words, it is fitting that Ireland has always had a rich theatrical tradition. Dublin has typically been home to the country's foremost performance venues but despite this storied past many of the people and places integral to the city's theatre history would be largely forgotten, if it were not for the efforts of a handful of committed enthusiasts who are determined to preserve the memory of some of our most significant artistic institutions.

MERCY ME: Kim Kardashian and Donald Trump in the Oval Office

The bottom line is that Kim Kardashian is a woman of substance 

Last Monday night, celebrated names descended on the Brooklyn Museum in New York for an event colloquially known as the Fashion Oscars. The Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards is the most prestigious back-slapping, air-kissing awards ceremony in the industry. It bestows honours such as Womenswear Designer of the Year (Raf Simons for Calvin Klein), Accessory Designer of the Year (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) and Fashion Icon (Naomi Campbell).

Actions speak louder: Iesha L Evans faces down armed state troopers in Baton Rouge

How not to get ahead in advertising 

It's been a turbulent week in the advertising world. On Tuesday, skincare brand Nivea swiftly apologised and removed a deodorant advert claiming "white is purity", amid a widespread social media backlash over the campaign's racist connotations. And that wasn't even the most tone-deaf ad of the week - it was followed by what has already been labelled The Worst Ad Of All Time. Just 24 hours after releasing its new Pepsi Moments video starring supermodel Kendall Jenner, Pepsi pulled the ad against a backdrop of worldwide furore.