MonthOctober 2017

Westminster’s sexual assault allegations are already being minimised – here’s how | Suzanne Moore

Forget comparisons to the expenses scandal or the idea that it’s just about politicians. This is a problem in every workplace Allegations of sexual assault in Westminster are being minimised. This isn’t paranoia – here is my handsy (geddit girls?!) breakdown on how it’s happening. 1. Conflate a bit of knee-touching with rape. As the daft spreadsheet circulating in the press includes affairs and “fornication” as well as consensual sex and Non Disclosure Agreements, a key part in playing down the allegations is to mislead the public into thinking sexual harassment is just boisterousness. Actually, what we have are teams of men confident that their behaviour will be tolerated and go without consequences. But by confusing consensual and non-consensual sex – concepts apparently too difficult for so many of our elected representatives to grasp – the seriousness of these allegations is undermined. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

The fashion industry said my dreadlocks would stop me working. They were wrong

There’s a lot of politics tied up in black hair, says Miu Miu model Adesuwa Aighewi, but nothing should stop self-expression When I got my hair dreadlocked ahead of New York fashion week, I had some pushback from people in the industry worried that I wouldn’t get jobs – the suggestion was that I might look “too black”. But I enjoy being different and standing out – so I decided to keep them and take my chances. Two days later, my agents in New York called to say Coach had cast me to open their spring/summer 2018 show at New York. I couldn’t believe it – I’ve walked in other shows in the past, but this was a career-changer. I went on to walk for Miu Miu in Paris and Bottega Veneta in Milan, which is a classic Italian brand not known for using edgy models. I was thrilled – a girl with dreads walking for brands like those, that’s crazy. Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Inhumane resources: how not to sack your employees

The bus company director who summarily shut down his business this week is not the first boss to treat his staff with contempt – here are four more cringeworthy cases We have all dreamed of sending the boss the big flip-off email, the final flounce-out, a few choice putdowns, a trenchant structural analysis of the company’s medium-term flaws, a colossally ironic final wishing of good luck. But what if you are the boss? If you are Somerset bus company director Sydney Hardy, it turns out you do it anyway. On Sunday, Hardy sent an email to his 27 Nippybus drivers informing them that the company would be wound up and so not to bother turning up: “I am quitting to pursue my dream of not having to work here.” Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Is this cooking for idiots? My week eating nothing but ‘recipe box’ food

Meal ingredient subscription services make you feel like a kitchen pro by telling you what to cook and delivering every element in cardboard compartments. Does this mean we’ll never have to go supermarket shopping again? Unlike standard veg boxes, which feel like homework (what do you do with celeriac?), recipe boxes are the clever kid who’ll let you copy their work in class. They tell you what to cook, how to cook it and only give you enough ingredients to get it done. The recipes, which change every week, are broken down into an almost insultingly easy series of steps. The boxes make you feel like a kitchen pro, while removing the need to think or make choices. Are they the perfected form of home cooking? Or a symptom of our spoonfed uselessness? Can one live exclusively on them? To find out, I have ordered a selection of the best boxes available in the UK, and I’m going to spend nearly 10 days comparing them. I’ll barely have to leave the house, and will pass that time exclusively eating. In other words: the dream, squared. Thursday Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Torbjørn Rødland’s best photograph: a plate of teeth and cake hung in a dentist’s waiting room

‘They took it down. It was terrorising the patients’ I’m not afraid of dentists, but I did go to one for several years who was probably a sadist. He seemed to relax when I was put through pain. I know that some people have tooth dreams. Everything that’s part of the vocabulary of the unconscious has some depth to it – people are interested. As part of the Manifesta exhibition in Zurich last year, each artist was paired up with someone in a profession, and that person would then become our host while we were in the city. At first I was looking at working with a personal trainer, or someone who works with animals; I’m interested in how people handle animals. Then I realised I’d already done those things. Related: Wake up and smell the Manifesta: piles of poo and a look inside Houellebecq’s head A guy recently wanted to talk to me about his tooth dreams. I told him – quite ruthlessly – what they meant Continue reading… [hmp_player]

Avenues of trees, live theatre and a spa – why Singapore’s airport is the best on the planet

Changi airport is regularly named top of its class. Now it has opened Terminal 4, replete with futuristic cleaning robots and offering minimal human interaction Singapore has unveiled a five-storey airport terminal that is the size of 27 football fields and cost £544m to build. The title of world’s best airport (as judged by the Skytrax World Airport awards) wasn’t quite enough for Changi, so it added the new building with the aim of accommodating its ever-increasing footfall, which now stands at 82 million people a year. Terminal 4, which opened on 31 October, offers the main thing I want after a long-haul flight: a “contactless experience”, whereby passengers don’t have to so much as meet eyes with another human being. In the new building, security checks are automated, thanks to face scanning; futuristic cleaning robots keep things tidy; and mechanised systems transport your luggage, putting the need for staff at an unprecedented minimum. Continue reading… [hmp_player]