'We know that even on a calm day like today this is the busiest shipping lane in the world. It is a dangerous journey, charities really are urging the UK to make it easier for migrants so that they don't have to take this really dangerous route. … [Read more...] about Twitter users slam ‘posh, privileged white’ Sky News reporter from an aristocratic family for tailing migrants across the Channel while waving a microphone and asking ‘are you ok?’
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Now, you may question why an Instagram brouhaha is worthy of coverage on a global news site, and you may be right. But notwithstanding the law that anyone who uses more than three hashtags in a sentence should be confined to a small, internetless box for eternity, there is an interesting phenomenon at play here. The aspect of the post that commenters found most objectionable was Richman's use of the word "thinspiration" – a word that is often used to tag so-called "motivational" photographs prevalent in pro-anorexia and pro-bulimia circles. The photos are often emblazoned with slogans such as Kate Moss's "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" and fetishises certain aspects of skinniness, such as jutting hip bones, visible ribs, thigh gaps or indeed the "transformation" itself. Such posts have been doing the rounds online for years but, as was recently examined in a book I co-wrote about women's magazines, similar content is now making its way into the mainstream media. … [Read more...] about How ‘thinspiration’ became a dirty word
But the government’s proposals go further, requiring the imprints on non-paid content if it was promoted by “registered political parties, registered third party campaigners, candidates, holders of elected office and registered referendum campaigners”. Unregistered campaigners would not need to put an imprint on organic content, to avoid members of the public getting caught up in the regulations. … [Read more...] about New rules may force online political adverts in UK to carry labels
Now, I know – people keep telling me – that comedy is just meant to make us laugh, and isn’t meant to be revolutionary. (Tell that to Beppe Grillo, Jimmy Morales, Jón Gnarr, Russell Brand, etc.) I know that we (comedians included) have other, arguably more urgent things to worry about right now than monarchy. And of course – as per the republican argument that it’s not about whether the Queen or Princess Michael of Kent are good human beings or not – this isn’t an argument about the qualities of any individual comedy show. … [Read more...] about Not heard the one about the Queen: why don’t comedians criticise the monarchy?
We shared how a woman turned her bland house into the most stylish on the street with simple paint job & added thousands to the value. … [Read more...] about Thrifty mum shares clever DIY hack which totally transformed ‘grubby’ garden patio in eight hours