Moon landing celebrations: Barbie and the European Space Agency launch new collaboration to encourage girls to become the next generation of astronauts, engineers and space scientists

Jul 20 2019
Today 20th July 2019 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. It’s such an inspiring story for us all and watching the footage from 1969 of the two astronauts touching the moon gives me goosebumps. Of all moon landing celebrations, one of my favourite has to be the launch of a new collaboration between Barbie and the European Space Agency to encourage girls to become the next generation of astronauts, engineers and space scientists. As a girl who grew up with Barbies in the ’70s and ’80s and with a 200+ strong vintage Barbies‘ collection, this story really excites me, as I remember my pretend-games in which my dolls were career women including astronauts. Actually, Barbie brought out their first astronaut doll four years before Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. That for me says it all in terms of vision of the company that created my favourite toy of all time. 

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Happiness expert Dr Andy Cope tells us why it pays to make others happy

Jul 18 2019

Happiness expert Dr Andy Cope tells us why it pays to make others happy in this blog.

We can pretend that males and females are the same, but they’re actually not. Males are endowed with physical strength. Guys were designed to chase and wrestle with warthogs, drag the carcass home and, crucially, know which was home. Females can do those things too, but with smaller warthogs, and the way home might be less clear. Sometimes left and right get confused. But evolution has compensated by giving the female of the species a whole load of emotional superpowers. Generally speaking, females have less physical strength but a finely honed ability to ‘tune in’ to emotions as well as mastery of the dark art of understanding the meaning of what hasn’t been said.

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The Cutest Pets in Film

Jul 05 2019

Waiting excitedly at the door to greet you when you get home, pets have the magic ability to somehow make every day better. So much so, some of our favourite children’s films have chosen to make our furry friends the stars of the show.

To celebrate release of The Queen’s Corgi on today, which focuses around the Queen’s Top Dog, Rex, we’re going to revisit a few of the cutest pets in film.

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