Schoolchildren are amazed to see Batman from a skyscraper skydeck in Melbourne, Australia. Stuntman Chris Davies scaled the outside of the Eureka Tower along with Catwoman. Photo: Graham Denholm/Getty Images. 

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Ralph Steadman has joined up with Vince Gilligan to create limited edition Blu-ray cases for all five seasons of Breaking Bad. Walter, Jesse, Gus, Mike, Hank and Saul each feature on a cover

Correction, 15.10.14: We initially said there were six seasons of Breaking Bad.

A lace bedspread is still on the bed, adorned with photographs and his feathered helmet. His moth-eaten military jacket hangs limply on a hanger. His chair, tucked under his desk, faces the window in the room where he was born on 10 October 1896.

A French soldier’s room has been left unchanged for 96 years since his death in the first world war. 

Photo: Bruno Mascle/Photoshot

The west has lost the power to shape the world in its own image – as recent events, from Ukraine to Iraq, make all too clear.

Why does it still preach that every society must evolve along western lines?

Photo: Scott Peterson/Getty Images

How much would you pay to come off as ‘dateable’? $50 for a new Tinder profile? $5,000 for romance course? $8,000 for a course on commitment?

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Carl runs an auto disposal service in rural Tennessee, dismantling older cars, selling the individual parts, and turning the rest into scrap metal. Carl’s lot is starting to run out of room. “People are buying cars they shouldn’t be buying.”

Many of the cars are sent to him by repo men: “I do my best business when others are doing their worst. Someone loses a job, I gain a car.”

Many people are buying those cars with they help of Wall Street banks, which are lending money to people with bad credit again – just as they did prior to the financial crisis of 2007. In the last crisis, it was houses.

Could subprime car loans be the next crisis?

Photo: Chris Arnade

“In the same way where I wouldn’t want a man to say, ‘I can have a writers’ room full of men and we can write women just fine,’ I can’t say that I can create a show about a trans woman and not have a trans woman writing for me.”
— Jill Soloway, the creator of Transparent, couldn’t find a female transgender TV writer for her show about a trans woman. So she’s going to recruit and train one for the second series. 

"In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue … and slaughtered the indigenous peoples he found.” 

Guardian readers share how their schools’ curriculum “whitewashed” the story of Christopher Columbus.