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Tattoo health risks - research raises concerns

By Brett Israel

Although sleazy “scratcher shops” with unskilled artists and dubious safety records are largely a thing of the past, scientists are growing concerned about what’s going into tattooed skin, not just how it got there.

New research has turned up troubling findings about toxic chemicals in tattoo inks, including carcinogens and hormone disruptors.

. . . → Read More: Tattoo health risks – research raises concerns

Lady Gaga: ‘My tour is a religious experience’

By Dan Martin

Lady Gaga has described her relationship with fans in religious terms, saying: “If I can be a leader, I will.”

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the singer, whose current single is called Judas, refers to her recent Monster Ball tour as “a religious experience”, becoming for many, an alternative to . . . → Read More: Lady Gaga: ‘My tour is a religious experience’

The Princess Bride: Royal Weddings for Everyone

By Katy E. Shrout

It’s a fairy-tale opener with a contemporary coda: Once upon a time, Prince William, the twenty-something who will be king, married the comely commoner, Kate Middleton, in a grand ceremony in Westminster Abbey. The event inspired two sorts of media reactions: first, a barrage of intense interest, including giddy scrutiny from . . . → Read More: The Princess Bride: Royal Weddings for Everyone

Is Plastic Surgery a New Religious Rite of Passage?

By Jeremy Biles

“The worldwide pursuit of bodily improvement,” Photographer Zed Nelson claims, “has become like a new religion.”

In Love Me, Nelson turns his lens on the global obsession with obtaining perfect bodies. His photos depict in loving, if sometimes lurid, detail evidence of body fanaticism from around the globe: a preposterously muscled bodybuilder . . . → Read More: Is Plastic Surgery a New Religious Rite of Passage?

I’m gay, says new Archie comic character

It’s official. Eternal teen Archie Andrews will soon be joined in his escapades at Riverdale High by an openly gay friend — Kevin Keller.

Kevin is the latest fictional character to have come out of the closet in a world where good always triumphs over evil.

As more and more cartoonists and comic writers embrace . . . → Read More: I’m gay, says new Archie comic character

Steampunk style chugging into Montreal

By MICHELLE ANNE OLSEN

Robyn Stroll, who has been dressing up in costumes since she was a kid, has found inspiration in the steampunk movement. Two years ago, the 31-year-old Montrealer started to notice an eclectic mix of Victorian sensibility, magic and steamship-era science creeping into everything from literature to fashion. As she studied the . . . → Read More: Steampunk style chugging into Montreal

The ‘Trick’ in the Treat

by Dr. James Emery White

I grew up in a day when Halloween was little more than pumpkins, fall festivals, hayrides, and dressing up as a pirate or a farmer to go trick-or-treating. That is what it held for my now post-Halloween-age children as well. As a result, I’ve had a built-in resistance to those . . . → Read More: The ‘Trick’ in the Treat

Wookey Hole witch Carole Bohanan to be sacked after Halloween

A woman who beat 2,319 people to a s50,000 job as a witch is to be sacked after Halloween, it emerged yesterday.

Former estate agent Carole Bohanan, 40, landed the job at Wookey Hole Caves in July. However Gerry Cottle, who owns the Somerset attraction, says she will be sacked at the end of . . . → Read More: Wookey Hole witch Carole Bohanan to be sacked after Halloween

Witch Gets a Fashion Makeover

By Amanda McGregor

A screaming mob in Colonial costumes charged through Derby Square yesterday chasing after the hosts of the popular television show “What Not to Wear.”

TV fashion gurus Stacy London and Clinton Kelly were in Salem filming an episode of their show, in which they stage weekly style interventions on a victim of . . . → Read More: Witch Gets a Fashion Makeover

Summer weddings: a pagan handfasting ceremony

Chloe Wilson, 35, a toymaker, married Dan Summerville, 42, a television costume assistant. They are both from Glastonbury

The bride says: I met Dan eight years ago through his sister and always thought he was really nice. Last October he took me for a picnic under a tree at Glastonbury Abbey and asked me . . . → Read More: Summer weddings: a pagan handfasting ceremony