Separation anxiety: why breaking up with your babysitter is hard to do | Emma Brockes

We became so close over the past four years that when I let her go, we felt affection as well as relief, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes My childrens babysitter stayed over this week after I went out late one night. Since my children were born, we have seen her every day bar the weekends. Officially, we are now divorced; after the summer, my children were old enough to go to after-school club and our babysitter found a new job. In truth, I am finding it hard to let go. I cant let go! I wailed to her this week. Wearily, she agreed to come back. The babysitter relationship is difficult, and difficult to talk about. Even if you do …

Trying to keep up with the Kardashians is returning women to the Victorian era | Marie Le Conte

Todays socialites promote an ideal of beauty that belongs to another time, says French journalist Marie Le Conte Kim Kardashian West is perched on a chair. Shes not quite sitting; instead, shes pushing her hands into the armrests then leaning against the cushion. Her figure is grotesque: above her generous hips rests an already small waist, tightened beyond belief thanks to a The video the quote is from was posted on 7 May, and has been watched more than 21m times since then. Perhaps she was right not to sit; a few weeks later, actor Elle Fanning attended a dinner at Cannes posted a picture of her nails on Instagram. They were tie-dye, presumably acrylics, and absurdly long. How long …