Victoria Justice recently got in the holiday spirit, as she celebrated with a different kind of ice. She was in attendance Tuesday at Swarovski's Naughty or Nice party in New York City. The actress teased her décolletage in a shimmering black wrap top with padded shoulders and a plunging neckline. Naughty or nice: Victoria Justice was in attendance Tuesday at Swarovski's Naughty or Nice party in New York City It was paired with a black mini skirt, intricately beaded with sparkling gold stars and silver crescent moons, which were draped with fringe. Justice showed off her toned legs in a sexy pair of black suede knee-high stiletto boots. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Victoria Justice sizzles in hot pink mini-dress while Jon... Victoria Justice oozes elegance in plunging black gown with... Debby Ryan is engaged to Twenty One Pilots drummer Josh Dun... Zosia Mamet to star alongside Kaley Cuoco in thriller drama... Share this article Share She was … [Read more...] about Victoria Justice takes the plunge in lowcut black top as she joins Debby Ryan and Zosia Mamet at Swarovski holiday party in NYC
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In A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth writes with affection of a placid India's first general election in 1951, and the egalitarian spirit it momentarily bestowed on an electorate deeply riven by class and caste: "the great washed and unwashed public, sceptical and gullible", but all "endowed with universal adult suffrage". India's 16th general election this month, held against a background of economic jolts and titanic corruption scandals, and tainted by the nastiest campaign yet, announces a new turbulent phase for the country – arguably, the most sinister since its independence from British rule in 1947. Back then, it would have been inconceivable that a figure such as Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist chief minister of Gujarat accused, along with his closest aides, of complicity in crimes ranging from an anti-Muslim pogrom in his state in 2002 to extrajudicial killings, and barred from entering the US, may occupy India's highest political office. Modi is a lifelong … [Read more...] about Narendra Modi and the new face of India
For many Argentinians, especially those from Buenos Aires, Villa 31 is a household name. It is the most famous – and notorious – slum in Buenos Aires, synonymous with poverty and violence (it has the second-highest murder rate in the city), and with the narcotráficantes (organised drug gangs) and paco, a cocaine paste that destroys communities in Argentina. As inflation climbed to 55% last year and the national poverty rate crept to 32%, the neighbourhood lurched further into the grip of gangs, such as the Sampedranos. Murder stories from the villa dominate headlines, the most recent one being the discovery of a woman’s dismembered corpse in March. Driving along the elevated Illia highway that hugs the port, the view of densely packed shacks of corrugated sheet metal, wood and scavenged bricks stretches out in either direction. This villa de emergencia (or villa miseria as slums and shantytowns are known in Argentina) is home to more than 40,000 people. Like most … [Read more...] about Should a notorious Buenos Aires slum become an official neighbourhood?
A train firm has vowed to bring back third-class rail travel — but of course it won’t be called anything quite so blunt. A new class would fall between first and second — and, as with airlines, the service to be offered by Avanti West Coast, which took over from Virgin this week, will be called something like ‘premium economy’. This would offer a bit more legroom, snacks and better wifi, but not be as comfy as first class with its leather seats and hot meals (not that many first-class commuters south of the Thames would recognise that!). That would leave a third tier, probably called ‘standard’ or ‘economy’. Still, decades ago, when Britain was far more class conscious, it seemed natural for the flat-capped blue-collar fellows to be in third, bowler-hatted white-collar chaps in second, and top-hatted gents and their ladies in first. After the war, society became more equal, so third was dropped in 1956. But was … [Read more...] about 3rd class? It was the only way to travel! As the West Coast line’s bosses consider an extra tier of carriage, let’s hope it’s like these amazing images from the ’40s and ’50s that show passengers drinking at the bar and enjoying a meal served by a waiter
However they see Amazon, for good or ill, residents of the fastest-growing city in the US largely agree on the price Seattle has paid to be the home of the megacorporation: surging rents, homelessness, traffic-clogged streets, overburdened public transport, an influx of young men in polo shirts and a creeping uniformity rubbing against the city’s counterculture. But the issue of Jeff Bezos’s balls is far from settled. “Have you seen the Bezos balls?” asked Dave Christie, a jewellery maker at a waterfront market who makes no secret of his personal dislike for the man who founded and still runs Amazon. “No one wanted them. They’ve disfigured downtown. Giant balls say everything about the man. Bezos is holding Seattle hostage.” It’s not strictly true to say everyone is against the three huge plant-forested glass spheres at what Amazon calls its “campus” in the heart of the city. The Bezos balls, as the conservatories are … [Read more...] about Is Bezos holding Seattle hostage? The cost of being Amazon’s home