- A couple in their 60s was arrested in London for holding three women as slaves for 30 years. Police say the women — one 69, one 57, and one 30 — had been brainwashed and kept in “invisible handcuffs.” The youngest woman had allegedly spent her entire life inside the house. Eventually one of the women saw a program about forced marriage on TV and memorized the phone number for a help hotline mentioned on the show. [New York Times]
- Graphic anti-abortion mailers are targeting doctors throughout Texas. [My San Antonio] Keep reading »
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As much as the trend of turning popular movies into Broadway musicals (“Once,” “Hairspray,” “Billy Elliot,” “Matilda,” “Ghost,” maybe “The Princess Bride”) makes me worry about that we’ll never see another original idea ever again, I can’t say I don’t enjoy the adaptations. The latest movie to see its moment under the stage lights is … drumroll please … “Shakespeare in Love.” Get excited, world! Keep reading »
There’s a stigma around virginity, so gay college student Clayton Pettet, 19, is doing his part by having anal sex inside an art gallery in front of a live audience on January 25th. Pettet’s performance art will be called “Art School Stole My Virginity” and will include first-time butt sex with a friend and then a chat with the gallery patrons about what they thought of the performance. All this will then be graded, presumably, for London’s Central Saint Martin’s art school. Methinks he is totally overestimating his ability to have anal sex to completion on the first try; his “once-in-a-lifetime performance” might need a couple tries.
A man carrying a knife tried to muscle his way into Buckingham Palace today but was stopped by police and arrested. He tried to get in through the everyday entrance to the right of the ceremonial central gates, the Daily Beast reports. The 44-year-old is now being held at a London police station, the Guardian notes. Read more on Newser…
There are less obtuse ways of explaining the concept of a “rainstorm” in an advertisement, Data Cars. Because this one is looking a liiiiitle rapey, according to some anti-rape activists.
The London taxi company distributed 200,000 postcards which depicted this image — a woman in the rain, wearing a strapless dress and clutching something close to her chest while she looks unhappy — around London. While the image doesn’t explicitly depict a sexual assault, that association is easily conjured up by the fact the woman is showing so much bare skin and clutching clothes in her arms. Keep reading »
There’s fat, and then there’s fat. In the tunnels under London’s Thames River, there’s a pretty monumental fat situation. The Thames Water utility company has found a 15-ton bus-shaped lump of fat (yes, actual fat) stuck in the drains under South London. The lump — get ready to gag! — is apparently full of sanitary wipes and rotting food, and takes up around 95 percent of the entire sewer tunnel space. Had workers not caught it in time, a fully clogged tunnel would have resulted in raw sewage exploding out of sewer grates.
Terrifyingly, this isn’t the first time London Water has uncovered a major fatberg. Keep reading »
During the launch of the World Islamic Economic Forum, the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, spoke with Malaysian Prime Minister about the role of women in education. After the the PM noted that 68 percent of college graduates in Malaysia are now women, Johnson just had to add that “they’ve got to find men to marry.” What Johnson therefore implied with his comment is that women aspire to nothing more than marriage, even with their degrees. Keep reading »
By now you’ve probably heard about a disturbing terrorist attack in London yesterday: two Islamic extremists murdered a British soldier by hacking him to death with knives and then ranting to passersby wielding camera phones that the murder was in retaliation for Muslim lives lost.
But many terrible stories have a hero inside them: Ingrid Loyau-Kennett. The 48-year-old British woman visiting her children after a trip to France happened to be riding a bus near the street in southeastern neighborbood of Woolrich, where the terrorist attack occurred. When she saw the soldier’s body lying on the ground (being “cradled” by another female passerby, who was praying over the dead body), she jumped off the bus to try and help. Then Loyau-Kennett walked up to the two blood-stained attackers, asked for their weapons, and engaged them in conversation so as to distract them from killing more people. Keep reading »
Last month a 28-year-old woman answered the door of her East London home to have a bottle of acid squirted in her face and on the pet chihuahua in her arms. She shut the door and rinsed her face with water, but her face has still been been permanently scarred by the acid; her dog also had to be treated for injuries. This weekend, police finally arrested a 15-year-old boy in connection with the incident. As of right now, people do not have an explanation for why a teen boy would have executed the attack. Keep reading »
The Japanese are generally better at everything — including cats. For years, they’ve had cat cafes, where overworked people with not enough space can go to pet kittens. Now some cat-tastic enterprising Londoners are trying to take that idea global. They want to open a lovely space called Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, where cat lovers can go to sip some tea and enjoy the company of their furry friends. The furniture and style will be classic Victorian, though hopefully in some scratch-proof fabrics. And all the cats will be procured from local shelters. The owners are currently running an IndieGoGo campaign to get this cafe on its metaphorical four feet, and they need all the help they can get. Donate, if you feel so inclined, and help spread the kitty love across the pond. [IndieGoGo]