Leanne Italie

Birdsong, sirens, chiming bells, ferry horns: How the virus has transformed the world in sound

Hopeful birdsong and foreboding sirens. Chiming church bells and bleating ferry horns. 

11 Apr 2020

The end of innocence: Are child crusaders, heroes fair game for adult critics?

The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn't as straightforward as it seems.

09 Jan 2020

Splashy, keepsakes or budget busters? Coffee table books make for great holiday gifts

Art, architecture, music or travel: Coffee table books can fill just the right gift niche, especially when the cost would be budget-busting if you bought one for yourself.

19 Nov 2019

The Beautiful Ones, Prince's highly anticipated, posthumous memoir is now out for fans

Panic, joy, shock: Dan Piepenbring felt them all when Prince plucked him to collaborate on his first memoir.

27 Oct 2019

Friends superfan? Look out for 25th-anniversary jewels, Lego sets, furniture and other merch

See your "Friends" on the big screen. Deck out your place with "Friends" furniture. Wear your "Friends" as jewellery. Heck, buy the "Friends" Lego set and pretend it's for your kid.

20 Aug 2019

Mario Lopez walks back remarks on kids and gender identity

The Mario Lopez controversy 

01 Aug 2019

Bandwagon builds for LGBTQ diversity with same-sex parents, gay marriage on children's TV

 LGBTQ representation in children’s TV is building a bandwagon.

31 Jul 2019

Pressure of idealised beauty: Weight loss becomes fraught topic among fat-acceptance influencers 

Fat-acceptance and body-positive influencers like Bigelow are on the rise on social media as fashion models fight back against the damaging pressures of idealised beauty peddled online and off.

23 Jul 2019