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Disney's first LGBT princess and the Charlotte Olympia gazette print clutch

After decades nonchalently batting off criticism about its lack of inclusivity – Disney could finally be introducing its first LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) princess to the big screen. And she's a familiar face to Disney princess lovers everywhere – none other than Elsa from Frozen. 

Writers behind the film, which already trumpeted sisterly love over relationships during its first incarnation, have said they are not ruling out Elsa finding love with a woman in Frozen 2. There has even been a social media campaign entitled #GiveElsaAGirlfriend.

Writer and co-director Jennifer Lee said she loved that Elsa as a character spoke to so many people and it meant the world to her that these conversations were taking place.

She continued: “For me...Elsa's every day telling me where she needs to go, and she'll continue to tell us. I always write from character-out, and where Elsa is and what Elsa's doing in her life, she's telling me every day. We'll see where we go.”

Frozen 2 is released in November next year and we'll find out then. Mumsnet opinion boards, brace yourself.

Meanwhile, a female lion has left scientists baffled after sprouting a mane. Bridget, an 18-year-old African lioness living at Oklahoma City Zoo in America, began to develop the usually-masculine trait in March last year.

And the cause of the shaggy hair around her jaw is so far unexplained. Zoo staff have analysed blood samples in an attempt to solve the mystery but to no avail. This reporter doesn't think we should be overly surprised at this development. In our current climate of greater acceptance of difference, a female lion growing a mane seems only fitting.

Finally, a stolen Edgar Degas painting worth £700,000 has been found - on a bus. The painting, entitled Les Choristes, or the Chorus Singers, went missing nine years ago while on display at a museum in Marseille.

Now the artwork, by the 19th Century French artist, has been discovered in a luggage compartment of a bus in Paris after police carried out random checks at a highway rest area. None of the passengers on the bus claimed the painting (missed a trick there ) and its authenticity was confirmed by the Orsay museum.

This reporter thinks we'll all be more vigilant next time we travel on public transport. She's personally going to be keeping her eyes peeled for the Charlotte Olympia gazette print clutch. It looks like it's made of old newspaper, so she's thinking one could quite easily have been overlooked, wedged down the crevice of a Routemaster bus.

Potentially this reporter has got buses confused with shops, but in her defence, the Brown's found Paddington at the railway station.


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