I was a dangerous person: Casey Legler on life as a teenage Olympian and raging alcoholic

At 19, Legler broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. But she was also an alcoholic and drug dealer who had suffered years of abuse from her trainers. She is surprised she is still alive, she says One day, when she was a teenager, Casey Legler woke up with a hangover, then jumped into a pool and broke the Olympic freestyle swimming record. The year was 1996 and Legler was in Atlanta, a member of the French team, having a practice session as she awaited the Olympic finals the next day. Legler, at 6ft 2in, was built to swim. She had been groomed to be an Olympian from the age of 12. But when the finals came the biggest day of …

Anna Paquin: I am absolutely a control freak. Its in my DNA

The actor, 37, on breaking Oscar protocol, loving film-set pranks, and being a backseat producer even as a child At the Academy Awards, when I won with X-Men? I was 16 and just thought it was really, really cool that Id been cast in a super successful superhero movie. Being an executive producer means youre a gigantic control freak. I am absolutely a control freak. I genuinely believe its in my DNA. I have twins and I can confidently say there are some personality traits that people are born with. I care about details. I care about things happening in the right way. Ive learned how to make that happen on a set, and it never involves shouting. Anna Paquin …

Heres the long and the short of it mullets are back

With a little help from Stranger Things, the 80s hairstyle is a hit again David Bowies Ziggy Stardust wore his cascading down his neck, Andre Agassi kept his in check with a headband. Patti Smiths, meanwhile, was pure business in the front, party in the back. Mullets were everywhere in the 1970s and 80s, and now perhaps to the surprise and consternation of many they are back. Partly inspired by the hit TV series Stranger Things and the 1980s footballer look showcased to perfection in the recent documentary has been reinvented for the 21st century as a statement of gender fluidity and cool. Mines a combination of George Michael and Ian Botham, said Tom Watson, 20, who regards the look …

Wild oversharing comic Phoebe Robinson: ‘I do dumb things. That’s who I am!’

Is the fringe ready for the brash standup who used to get paid in nachos and chicken wings? We meet one half of 2 Dope Queens as she fills her shoes with sweat What does Phoebe Robinson want to see when she arrives at the Edinburgh fringe? Just tons of dudes smuggling their bangers and mash in their kilts. Observational comic, astute social critic, signee of a deal with ABC studios, bestselling author (2 Dope Queens (the podcast duo turned HBO stars), Robinson has a philosophy: that comedy thirsty, uninhibited, occasionally gross, with riffs on Googling David Bowies penis size after learning he has died can be a force for good. At Edinburgh, Robinson will tour her show, called Sorry, …

‘No food should be taboo’: how to tackle your child’s weight without giving them a complex

A third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school. Heres how parents can help them forge good habits and avoid creating lifelong insecurities Jusna Begum lives near the South Bank in London with her four children, aged between one and 11. When a health visitor told her that her three-year-old girl was on the chubby side, Begum was surprised. I didnt think she was at all; I had felt like my children werent eating enough. She did, however, accept an invitation to join a six-week healthy parenting programme called 2% of those aged five to one-third of children are overweight or obese by the time they leave primary school, yet many adults dont see …

Walking helped me discover the slow unfurling joy of reading books aloud | Patti Miller

On long treks through France, Spain and remote Australia, I discovered the rich wonder that comes from reading to a friend It began seven years ago in the hamlet of Ferreira in northern Spain. It was the sixth day of a long-distance walk and my feet had become increasingly sore. I sat outside the hostel, my feet up on a chair, feeling utterly dispirited. Ill read to you, said Anthony, my long-distance walking companion. Thatll fix you up. I was too tired to protest. Anthony hadnt read aloud to me before well, not more than a paragraph or two, which Id always felt as an imposition. I was too impatient for the slow pace of reading aloud. He pulled out …

In search of the perfect pub: what makes a great British boozer?

Theyre under threat but theyre fighting back. How famous London pubs are adapting to a changing world Milky tea, fish and chips, the local pub: these were once the enticing mainstays of British life. Theyre all still there, of course, but outside the home we drink far more coffee than tea, and on the high street the curry house and chicken takeaway long ago supplanted the deep-fried attractions of the fish and chip shop. Of the traditional triumvirate only the public house remains in a primary position, but that too is under threat. It is estimated that Britain has Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), and thats certainly the impression. Last year it describedthe situation as dismal. Almost on cue, Sohos …

Carrie Underwood: ‘I’d put on a happy face, then go home and fall apart’

As she prepares to take Glastonbury by storm, the country star opens a bottle of red wine and talks about the personal tragedy that coloured her new songs Saturday night on the banks of the Ohio River, and the most American of scenes is unfolding. At the Ball Park, the Cincinnati Reds are playing the Texas Rangers, while at the US Bank Arena next door American Idol, triumphing in the TV talent shows fourth season in 2005, Underwood has since recorded six albums, sold over 65m records, won seven Grammys, and earned more than $83m (65m). She is beautiful and blonde, and married to a retired ice hockey player: at first glance an unlikely addition to the Worthy Farm lineup. …

Swiss women strike to demand equal pay

Hundreds of thousands protest against culture of sexism in everday life Hundreds of thousands of women across Switzerland have taken to the streets to demand higher pay, greater equality and more respect, protesting that one of the worlds wealthiest countries continues to treat half its population unfairly. Nearly 30 years after the first nationwide equal rights demonstration by Swiss women, a purple wave of pram marches, whistle concerts, extended lunch breaks, giant picnics and city-centre rallies took place on Friday. In 2019, we are still looking for equality, Clara Almeida Lozar, one of the committee women organising the Grve des Femmes or Frauenstreik at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, told Swissinfo. We realise there has to be …

‘I wouldn’t be the refugee, I’d be the girl who kicked ass’: how taekwondo made me

The long read: When she arrived in the US as a 10-year-old refugee, Dina Nayeri found it hard to fit in. But that all changed when she hatched a plan to get into Harvard by becoming a taekwondo champion When I was 13, three years after arriving in the US with my mother and brother, I devised a plan to get into the Ivy League. I was a refugee kid with no money and I lived in Iran, she had done horse-riding and tennis. But then the revolution happened, and her sporty body was draped and forgotten. Banned from public exercise, she took to pounding her ass against walls to get that chic, saddle-flattened effect of the late 70s. Sometimes …

From Agatha Christie to Gillian Flynn: 50 great thrillers by women

In response to a list of the 100 best crime novels that had only 28 female authors, Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid and Dreda Say Mitchell and other leading writers nominate some alternatives When the Sunday Times picked its The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey A teenage war orphan accuses two women of kidnap and abuse, but something about her story doesnt add up. The Field of Blood by Denise Mina The first in the Paddy Meehan series sees the reporter looking into the disappearance of a child from his Glasgow home, with evidence pointing the police towards two young boys. A Fatal Inversion by Barbara Vine Writing under her pen name, Ruth Rendell tells of the discovery of a woman …

Here’s why moderate drinking is probably not good for you | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

People who drink one to two standard drinks a day are the healthiest overall. But moderate drinking isnt an isolated behaviour As a society, we love drinking. There are people who abstain, but by and large we love to drink alcohol its part of our social culture, part of our collective identity, and so pervasive that it can be hard to escape from even if you try. As anyone whos attempted a Dry July can attest, booze is something that we are all connected to in myriads of ways. So stories about drinking make us stop and take notice. In particular, moderate drinking. We all know that boozing too much is bad for us its no surprise that 20 beers …

Hats off to Fez: go back in time in this atmospheric city

Dont fight it getting lost is one of the best things to do in Moroccos most beguiling and ancient medina It happens on the third day, after our bookbinding class, having spent the morning deep in concentration learning how to Coptic-stitch and emboss our own leather journal. Within minutes of leaving the attic studio, deep in the heart of Fezs sprawling medina, we become hopelessly and unavoidably lost. Was it the alleyway to the left of the stall piled high with spices and fresh figs? Or the other one that opens into a market square with stacks of dried fruit and couscous, cages of live chickens, rugs and candy-coloured lanterns, pottery and beaten copper plates? My teenage daughter strides ahead, …

Mother-daughter duos: the new power couples of fashion

From Bernadette to House of Aama, the coolest girls in the industry are working with their mums After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Charlotte de Geyter worked in Simone Rochas design studio in London and could have headed to Milan, where a job at a prestigious label was on offer. Instead, she called her mum, Bernadette, a former buyer for Ralph Lauren and a vintage fashion obsessive, and suggested they start a brand together. Which, of course, I was up for from the very first second, says Bernadette. This felt like the biggest dream, for a mother. Their brand called Luisa Beccaria in Milan, there is childrenswear label + Frank, based in Brighton and helmed …

‘The Brexodus is under way’: meet the Brits leaving the UK

In the year after the Brexit vote, 17,000 British people sought citizenship of another EU country and many have since upped and left. Five Brexiles explain why theyre starting a new life overseas Last month, after a decade of living in London, my husband and I packed up the contents of our two-bedroom flat and moved to France with our 15-month-old son. With another baby on the way, were renting an apartment in Toulouse while we look for a more permanent setup. Leaving friends and family behind, and getting to grips with a new culture and language, hasnt been easy. But we have no plans to return to the UK. What sold us on France? The healthier work-life balance and …

Stella McCartney leverages star power to save the rainforests

Oprah Winfrey and Drew Barrymore among famous names supporting eco-friendly project at Paris fashion week The catwalk for Stella McCartneys latest collection ran through the Paris Opera on Monday morning, below a majestic canopy of chandeliers. But McCartneys focus this season is on a beautiful environment of a very different nature: the ancient and endangered at-risk Sumatran orangutan, as well as to vegetation, which is an important source of oxygen. McCartney is leveraging her star power to kickstart a campaign encouraging social media users to dedicate trees, and to donate to the nonprofit organisation Canopy. From left: Oprah Winfrey, Stella McCartney, Lewis Hamilton and Edward Enninful, the editor-in-chief of British Vogue. Photograph: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty The actors Drew Barrymore and …