Spirit of the age
A Canadian academic has condemned the canoe as a symbol of genocide. Misao Dean says the boats may come across as “morally untouchable” and “natural”. But she argues that they actually represent Canada’s historic crimes towards its indigenous population – and are today enjoyed by privileged, “almost completely” white people. The selfie stick’s days may be numbered. Over the past year, searches for the device on John Lewis’s website have fallen 50%. The decline follows a backlash against the sticks, which have been banned at attractions including Disneyland and Wimbledon. John Lewis also notes a growing demand for smaller furniture – such as 4ft-wide double beds – as people move into smaller homes.