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Strictly Come Dancing: Behind the scenes in Blackpool

There’s a fibreglass donkey in the corridor, and someone’s moving a glittery model tram across Blackpool’s Tower Ballroom. Paralympian Jonnie Peacock is eating chips in the canteen with Mollie King from The Saturdays, and Holby City’s Joe McFadden is looking for the physio in the rabbit warren that is the ballroom’s backstage area (he’ll eventually find him in a repurposed toilet cubicle). Meanwhile – past host Claudia Winkleman’s dressing room and the row of clothes for the four judges – there is the thrum of sewing machines coming from the…

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Home Is Where the Corpse Is—At Least In These Dollhouse Crime Scenes

The “godmother of forensic science” didn’t consider herself an artist. Instead, Frances Glessner Lee—the country’s first female police captain, an eccentric heiress, and the creator of the “Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death”—saw her series of dollhouse-sized crime scene dioramas as scientific, albeit inventive, tools. Lee created the Nutshells during the 1940s for the training of budding forensic investigators. Inspired by true-life crime files and a drive to capture the truth, Lee constructed domestic interiors populated by battered, blood-stained figures and decomposing bodies. The scenes are filled with intricate details, including…

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A Behind the Scenes Look at Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma Show

Rihanna showed her latest Fenty x Puma collection amid millennial pink sand dunes at the Park Avenue Armory Sunday night in New York City. The show included rave-colored body suits, cropped anorak jackets, thigh-high motorcycle boots, bucket hats and more. Joan Smalls, at left, and Adriana Lima, who closed out the show sporting a neon bodycon look.  Dolly Faibyshev for The New York Times 1 of 26 Let’s block ads! (Why?) NYT > Fashion & Style

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From Egyptian Cats to Crime Scenes, Here's a Preview of the Smithsonian's Upcoming Shows

Whether your passion lies in Asian or American artifacts; photography or philately; crime scenes, cats or commanders in chief; postmodernism, printmaking or Persian history, the exhibitions opening this fall at the Smithsonian museums across Washington, D.C. and in New York City are sure to contain something up your alley. Freer|Sackler Museum High on the list of Washington D.C. happenings this fall will be the October 14 reopening of  the Freer|Sackler Museum, which comes on the heels of the Freer Gallery’s two-year renovation. In honor of the revitalization of the gallery and the…

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Chaotic scenes greet first Mayweather-McGregor event of fight week

The opening event of a week of build-up to potentially the most lucrative fight in boxing history produced chaotic scenes in Las Vegas, with Floyd Mayweather booed by unhappy fans. The undefeated American arrived late and was barely visible, entering amid a large entourage before being largely hidden on stage by a media scrum. Conor McGregor, his UFC champion challenger, then arrived and made a beeline for an Irish flag in the crowd before performing an impromptu lap of fans, as media and security gave chase. Once on stage, the…

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Scenes From an Epic Adventure in Iceland with Reyka Vodka

Jun. 27th, 2017 Ice and snow. Glaciers. Mountains. Crisp, clean air. The bracing scent of the sea. All the images conjured up by the mention of Iceland lend themselves perfectly to what we think of when we feel like drinking vodka—the proper kind that is best enjoyed straight up, ice cold, and unadulterated by any sickly sweet additives. Which makes it all the more surprising that no vodka was actually made on the island until 2005, when William Grant & Sons set up the now famous Reyka distillery. Photo Credit:…

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