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Rare colour photos of slum life in 1960s Manchester

The late Manchester street photographer Shirley Baker captured scenes of family life in some of the poorest neighbourhoods during the 1960s. Rather than depicting sadness and deprivation, however, the images show a certain “joie de vivre.” Anna Douglas, curator of a forthcoming exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery in London, explains how Shirley Baker celebrated life with her lens.

Ted Baker braced for hard times in US

Fashion brand Ted Baker today warned of tough times ahead for its US business as tourists stay away from the country.

The company defied High Street blues as it reported rising sales and profits in the last year, but said external factors had hit all its markets.

In North America, those factors included a fall in international tourism, which boss Ray Kelvin largely put down to the rising dollar.

The US currency had been rising on growth expectations under President Trump.

Sales rose 16.4% to £531 million in year ended January 28, and pre-tax profits before one-off costs were up 4.4% at £61.3 million.

Sales grew in all regions and channels, with e-commerce the star performer thanks to a 35.1% revenue rise.

Kelvin described the results as “pleasing” given how “challenging” the market is for a number of reasons, including the effect of terrorism in Europe.

He added that the company had no plans to increase prices, despite the weaker pound sending costs higher. The company has hedged its exposure to the US dollar until 2018.

Broker Liberum maintained its Buy rating on the stock and said: “Ted has a resilience born of a strong brand, strong and stable underlying operating margins and global growth opportunities.”

If the baker boy cap fits: the hat Kate Moss, David Beckham and Bella Hadid have fallen for

A hat, when worn without uniform or as protection from extreme weather, is no unremarkable outfit addition but a loaded statement that screams: “Look at me, I’m wearing a hat.” Never let anyone sporting a rainbow-trimmed fedora tell you otherwise.

As proof of this, the catwalk surrounds of Milan and Paris are the perfect place to witness such antics, with hats worn as badges of honour very much de rigueur.

Once a method of disguise, titfers - be they big and bouncy or petit and perfectly poised - are the exhibitionist’s accessory of choice.

This explains why celebrities - contradictory characters who enjoy standing out from the crowd just a little bit more than they do revelling in anonymity - are rarely seen without the proverbial cherry atop their noggins, with beanies, baseball caps and trilbies among the hats of choice.

This season there’s a new crowning glory in the mix with baker boy caps - think the Hovis lad - very much the top of the toppers. A long-standing favourite with the Beckham brood - David’s got them in a host of colours with eldest son Brooklyn following in his footsteps - the baker is the current hat of choice for Kate Moss and Bella Hadid, who has rarely been spotted without one in recent months.

Its appeal is that it’s the cool girls’ hat of choice - KM doesn’t do naff - and the result, when worn well, is a look that’s more Edie Sedgwick than exhibitionist.

Does this mean the rest of us mere mortals should attempt to join the baker boy on his rounds? Most definitely not. But this hat is more wearable than most, so if you do feel your head is in desperate need of decor this is your way in.

To pull off this style it’s imperative that you pay close attention to the rest of your look in order to avoid leaving the house resembling a walking cliché. This means men must avoid padded jackets or head-to-toe tweed should East End barrow boy or the chauffeur from Downton not be their style inspiration. Similarly women should bypass bell-bottom denim and extensive fringing to avoid being mistaken for a poor man’s Pamela des Barres.

Instead, as with most slightly adventurous accessory choices, it pays to keep the accompaniments as simple as possible - crew-neck sweaters are your baker boy’s friend, as are classic white T-shirts and oversized blazers.

When well executed, the baker boy oozes Gallic savoir faire (witness Julie Restoin Roitfeld) as a result, a classic Breton top and a flick of thick eyeliner are also thoroughly acceptable accoutrements.

Ready, steady, bake.

Crowley v. Aziraphale AU.

The Great British Bake Off is a reality TV competition in the UK where bakers compete for the title of Great British Baker. Each episode comprises of three different challenges on a different theme, like breaddessertscakes, or Victorian, et cetera.

Now please, imagine with me. 

In the aftermath of the Apocalypse, Crowley and Aziraphale relax, retire. They still do good and bad things now and then, but it’s casually - it’s a hobby rather than a duty.

Now, as time goes on, and Crowley and Aziraphale now happen to be living comfortably, Aziraphale in the fixed flat above his repaired bookshop, and Crowley in a new flat a few streets away. Crowley gets into cooking. He likes to cook. It is fun to make things, and it is even more fun to glaze them with oil and fire. He bakes, he cooks meals, he pairs his creations with wine – the whole thing!

And then Crowley watches a season of the Great British Bake-Off. And he is enamoured.

So Crowley just sends off his application right away, and he tells Adam with a self-satisfied grin on his face while he and Aziraphale are visiting one day, because the lad’s fifteen now and visiting is simply something Aziraphale and Crowley do now and then, and Adam’s delighted.

Aziraphale is not.

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