In over your head: how to master Instagrams favourite pose the headstand

Celebrities from Duncan Bannatyne to Fearne Cotton have been posting pictures of their advanced yoga moves but these precarious positions need a bit of preparation Instagram has long been filled with fitness crazes, from HIIT workouts and even the Dragon Duncan causing a stroke.Instagram is full of peak-level poses, says Sarah Scharf. For a complete beginner, it might take anything up to six months to build your strength properly with other poses, she says. Then, when you feel ready, I …

Terry O’Neill on his best Bowie shoots: ‘David never needed coaxing’

He photographed the biggest stars on Earth but Bowie was his favourite. He recalls the stars irresistible charm, his most outlandish outfits and his druggiest shoot From Audrey Hepburn to the Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Elton John, there arent many the morning after winning an Oscar in 1977 became his wife, even if the memory now frustrates him. He agrees that a photographer falling in love with one of their subjects is rarely a good idea: That was a waste …

Rupert Everett: ‘I’d have done anything to be a Hollywood star’

He lit up the screen in the 80s but things did not go as planned. As he takes on Chekhov, Everett speaks about stardom, midlife crises and penis padding RUncle Vanya, in which Everett also stars, and all did not go as planned in its first preview. In a fight scene I elbowed the leading actor, John Light [who plays Dr Astrov], says Everett. He really hurt his eye and had to go to hospital. He came back and then, …

Pardon the rant, but heres why I love my Mooncup so much | Sophie Wilkinson

Menstrual cups are eco friendly, save money and now are officially just as reliable as tampons, says the freelance writer Sophie Wilkinson If youre a Guardian-reading woman of a certain age, its likely youll have been party to the evangelical published by Department for International Development and the Wellcome Trust found that menstrual cups were just as reliable as tampons. To us Mooncup ranters, this news could make our cup of smugness runneth over. We could now hold up the …

The fatal, hateful rise of choking during sex

Too many womens lives are ending after what those accused of their deaths say were sex games gone wrong. But how did strangling ever become normalised? Jan Wynne-Jones knows almost nothing about her daughter Vickys last living moments. She only knows that Vicky, a tall, blond, 25-year-old newlywed who worked as an account manager and who could calculate a balance sheet or assemble a wardrobe without breaking a sweat, was strangled by her husband one night in November in 2009. …

Nepotism in the movies: it’s time to call out the acting school of mum and dad

If youve got famous parents, your chances in the film industry appear to improve exponentially. If were serious about equality, this has to change Interviewed by Variety at the Los Angeles premiere of the actor Maya Hawke denied that a personal connection led to her being cast in Quentin Tarantinos latest film. Hawke is the daughter of Uma Thurman, who has appeared in three Tarantino films, and she argued that she had gone through the same casting process as other …

Its #TwentyBiTeen, girl-on-girl culture is peaking and its about time

Bisexual chic from Bella Hadids virtual kiss to Ariana Grandes hits is having a moment and the mainstream is embracing it This Pride season, big-name sponsors such as Mastercard, Diet Coke and T-Mobile, and even straight-identifying individuals, take up the cause, the line between inclusion and co-option gets blurrier every year. lesbian sex party for straight women that trivializes queer womens sexuality, Skirt Club is now more explicitly bisexual than ever. According to founder Genevieve LeJeune, members range from decidedly …

Nico in Manchester: ‘She loved the architecture and the heroin’

She had been a top model, then sang with the Velvet Underground, and in 1981 Nico moved to Manchester. Her friends there share their touching, alarming memories of a true bohemian An imperious blond German ex-model with a voice once described as like a body falling through a window, Nico was already extraordinary by the time she leant her vocals to songs including Femme Fatale and All Tomorrows Parties on the Velvet Undergrounds classic first album, produced by Andy Warhol. …

Beth Ditto: how we made Gossip’s Standing in the Way of Control

The lyrics came out in a two-minute splurge. I drew on personal experiences, like growing up in the Bible Belt and being labelled a bitch Beth Ditto, singer In the early 2000s, everyone I knew was in a band but none of us dreamed of breaking through. I used to record my vocals in the bathroom and I was really bad at writing lyrics. So we had lots of half-written punk songs. Federal Marriage Amendment, a proposal by the George …

Is it ethical for a woman to date a man for a free dinner? Only if theyre very upfront | Arwa Mahdawi

A third of women have resorted to the foodie call including one who asked her Tinder matches to send pizza, writes columnist Arwa Mahdawi When it comes to dating and relationships, a lot of women want only one thing: free food. According to a study, up to a third of heterosexual women have dated men theyre not romantically interested in simply because they want a free meal a phenomenon known as the foodie call. The research found that women who …