Few would be hard-pressed to forget the first time they heard the bouncy strains of the Spice Girls' 'Wannabe'. A prime slice of perky pop, it also paved the way for its five girlbanders - Posh, Sporty, Baby, Scary and Ginger - to cause a commotion in showbiz circles.
When Cassie Stokes was appointed as a presenter on TV3's Xposé last month, she predictably received many congratulatory messages. Among them, she found a pretty postcard delivered to TV3's offices in Ballymount. The flipside, featuring words like 'queer' and 'bent', was anything but pretty.
Now that the kibosh has been put on asking women if their bodies are beach-ready (quite literally in London, as it happens - Mayor Saddiq Khan has banned "body-shaming" adverts), people have had to move on to other ways of being bossy about women's appearances.
The inner workings of a slightly dysfunctional family are a rich literary seam to mine: one blithely operating on the assumption that they will inherit a vast fortune, doubly so. Dystopia, too, makes for a satisfying read; from 1984 to The Handmaid's Tale, it gives the author an opportunity to creatively unfurl, and be a bit mischievous with quirk and detail. Add all these elements together, and what's cooked up is a delicious stew of a story.
For Hollywood actresses, a place in the big leagues often comes at a cost. Become too famous and in-demand like Keira Knightley, and directors like John Carney denounce you as a 'supermodel' who hides who she is. Dare to be too pretty (like Alicia Vikander) or too enslaved to Hollywood's bodily ideal (like, well, everyone else), and your ornamental worth all but eclipses your professional endeavours.
Puppy dogs are cute, adorable and entertaining ... but would you want to be in a romantic relationship with one? When Kelly Brook was in a relationship with Danny Cipriani, who was eight years her junior, she made the curious analogy, likening her boyfriend to a pet puppy.
It's safe to say that Irish film is enjoying a purple patch on the world stage, and the Irish attendees of last weekend's Cannes Film Festival found themselves suitably covered in glory. Not only did she charm Cannes' photographer pack: already, Ruth Negga is tipped for awards-season success for her role in Loving.
Last week, I had a proud moment. After taking antidepressants for a year, I found myself sitting in my therapist's office. She leaned back, exhaled and said: "you know something? I actually think you don't need me at all anymore."
One year ago, Denise Gough was another actress hoping for her big break. But now, hers is the name on everyone's lips: fresh from winning a coveted Olivier Award for Best Actress alongside acting heavyweights like Judi Dench and Imelda Staunton. Critics have hailed her role in the West End's People, Places, Things as a triumph, and the Wexford star is now headed for Broadway, where she will join Russell Tovey and Andrew Garfield in a new run of Angels In America.
The fact that Canadian author Naomi Klein - roundly hailed as one of the world's best-known intellectuals and public thinkers - has to contend with 'mansplainers' (men who like to explain things in a condescending way to women) is a ticklish concept.
Depending on who you ask, Francis Begbie is one of Irvine Welsh's most thrilling, loose-cannon creations. Mercurial, violent, illiterate and fresh out of damns for anyone or anything, he was the incendiary hardman yin to addict Mark Renton's struggling, hopeless yang. Little wonder that the writer has returned to his Trainspotting characters time and time again (in Skagboys and Porno).
With Instagram, WhatsApp and Snapchat becoming more and more popular each day, Facebook's place at the top of the social network pile appears to be under threat. In fact, reports abound that Facebook could well be toppled entirely: in 2014, one group of Princeton University researchers went so far as to say that Facebook could lose 80pc of its users by 2017.
Picture in your mind's eye a vision of the White House's first lady, and there's every chance you've conjured up one or all of the following: impeccable tailoring, rictus grin, affably standing shoulder to shoulder with ostensibly the most powerful man in the free world. The woman who is the docile, devoted wind beneath the president's wings; a role that's more that of protector and facilitator than anything else.
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