BY Olivia Harrison
on Jul 15, 2015
Now this is impressive: Doris Long just became the world’s oldest abseiler, or person who descends very high vertical structures on ropes.
She took up the sport at 85, and Sunday, the 101-year-old beat her own record as the world's oldest abseiler when she once again lowered herself down 328 feet of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower in the United Kingdom.
Not only did she break an already impressive record, but Long’s feat helped raise $122,305 for Rowans Hospice. This was her sixteenth time doing the abseiling for hospice. Read More
BY Holly Trantham
on Feb 04, 2015
A new law has been passed in the U.K. that will allow for the ‘creation’ of a child using the DNA of three people. Yep, that is one more than usual. No, this is not your worst nightmare designer baby science fiction moment—it’s actually a way that kids might avoid inheriting potentially-deadly genetic disorders.
Here’s how it would work: The mother’s nuclear DNA is implanted into a donor egg that has healthy mitochondria, which is then fertilized by the father’s sperm, and then implanted in the mother. Read More
BY Julia Zdrojewski
on Oct 30, 2014
Becky Hopper and her friend Georgia Bibby, both 23, were shopping at a Topshop in St Stephen’s Shopping Centre, Hull, when they noticed a mannequin who seemed unrealistically small.
“We walked into the shop and were in absolute shock at what faced us. The mannequins were thinner than any human being I have seen in my life,” Hopper wrote on her personal blog. In the picture, Hopper’s friend, Bibby, is posed next to the mannequin for comparison. Hopper wrote on Twitter that her friend is a size 8/10 to give the photo some context. Read More
BUSTies, you only live once. And it would certainly be a shame to spend your precious time on Earth playing it safe with your fashion choices. Just when you thought YOLO, the acronym that has been a target for ridicule since its conception, was gone for good, the social media phrase has reinvented itself in a way that deserves only applause. African Apparel, a British clothing company, has released a new YOLO shirt with Yoko Ono’s beloved visage gracing its front. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Sep 20, 2013
For most brands, the concept of using "diverse" models in their advertisements extends to using both size two AND four Amazons. Despite continued backlash for these skewed representations, retailers have made no real initiative to promote a wide range of body types.
So, when I stumbled upon Debenham's Summer Look Book from earlier this year, I couldn't help but squeal with happiness. The campaign features, among other things, a Paralympian, a 60+ year old woman, and a size 18 model. And guess what? All of them are total babes. Read More
BY Katharine Ernst
on Aug 28, 2013
This ain't no joke: Feminist comedian Bridget Christie at the top of the world - and the Edinburgh International Comedy Festival. The British comedian won this year's Foster's Edinburgh comedy award for her show A Bic for Her, which critiques everyday sexism. (Tickets sold here for you U.K. BUSTies.)
Christie is a big deal for U.K. comedy. She is the third female solo act to win this award, preceded by Jenny Eclair in 1995 and Laura Solon in 2005. Read More
“I bet when you’re 10 you’ll love pink, and you’ll love princesses,” said Pippa Middleton to a 6 year old who said she was a sort of tomboy and liked things that “boys like.”
Sigh. The event was a promotion for Pippa’s new party-planning book “Celebrate.” (I wonder if it’s got gender specific themed parties?) She let reporters film a craft session with costumed kids while she wore plain clothes.
WOW. Read More
BY Intern Kelsie
on May 14, 2012
Reports being published both domestically and abroad are contending that international aid money from the United States and the United Kingdom has been used to fund forced sterilization in India. The so-called “family planning” initiatives of this kind of First World aid are an attempt to curtail the ballooning population of the Indian subcontinent—a staggering 1.2 billion people, according to the Guardian.
The forced sterilization is being excused in the name of climate control, as a world population that’s gotten out of hand intensifies fears of global warming. Read More
BY Intern Courtnay
on Oct 28, 2011
The centuries-old rule that recognizes male precedence in who takes the throne of the British monarchy has been overturned. Primogenture in royal terms states that the firstborn son will take the crown and after many years that is no longer true. The current rules date back to the late 1600s and were put in place in part to make sure that anyone in line to the throne married a Protestant. Sixteen nations that have Queen Elizabeth as their monarchy, including the U.K. Read More