Germany ponders ground-breaking law to combat work-related stress

The continent of siestas and vacances, Europe used to pride itself on its healthy work-life balance. But as surveys show that increasing numbers of Europeans struggle to stop work encroaching on their private lives, governments are pondering whether the state should do more to protect workers from stress. Unions have repeatedly raised concerns that the…

Panda accused of faking pregnancy for more buns and bamboo was maligned

Claims that a six-year-old panda faked signs of pregnancy to receive better treatment from her conservation centre carers have been debunked by one of China‘s leading panda experts. State newswire Xinhua reported on Tuesday that Ai Hin may have deliberately demonstrated signs of pregnancy, including “reduced appetite, less mobility and a surge in progestational hormone”….

On always being ready ‘down there’, or, why Wilkinson Sword’s bikini trimmer ad makes me want to vom

The Wilkinson bikini trimmer ad is of the same ilk, where objectification is flimsily disguised as empowerment. Gloriously annoying, wholly and bafflingly contradictory, it sets out the idea that we should all be spontaneous about getting our minge out, with the proviso that this is only strictly possible if we put in the time to…

No buts about it: Buttock augmentation is a fast growing trend in plastic surgery

Botox and boob jobs are the two most popular cosmetic procedures performed worldwide, but by far the fastest growing surgery is buttock augmentation, or gluteoplasty – a procedure performed to create the kind of shapely derrière for which celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez and Nicki Minaj are famed. There is clearly a trend towards…