This spring will be a pretty busy one for the royal family, thanks to the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, and the arrival of Kate Middleton and Prince William's third bundle of joy. Since Middleton's a seasoned pro when it comes to navigating lavish affairs, one might've thought that she would play a huge role in the wedding of her in-laws. Middleton is due to give birth any day now, roughly a month ahead of the royal wedding happening on 19th May. And with a newborn in her arms, Markle and Prince Harry reportedly just want Middleton to take it easy.
Before the auction had even reached a dozen lots, it was clear that Heathrow Terminal 1 was more loved than weary passengers and staff might imagine. Britain's biggest airport was making money for old rope. Auctioneer Adam Alexander declared lot 11 – a short length of red velvet rope used for cordoning off a VIP area, together with two posts – sold for £900, more than a return air ticket to New Zealand.
The average house price in London has fallen year-on-year for the first time in nearly a decade, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed.
On Sunday morning, over 40,000 people will line up in Blackheath to begin the gruelling 26.2-mile route of the London Marathon. The annual event is known for attracting runners in quirky costumes - over the years, we've seen people pounding the pavements dressed as Teletubbies, Wombles, and even a kind of human loo roll. Writing on their fundraising page, journalist Bryony Gordon and model Jada Sezer say they're taking on the course in just bras and knickers "to prove that curvy girls can".
Today, it's more common than ever to find round-ups of ethical fashion brands in your favourite publications (including on sites like this one), as fast- to mid-level and luxury labels are attempting to bring more transparency to their pre- and post-production processes. While you're reading this, over 218 million children are hard at work — 73 million of those are working in hazardous conditions that "directly endangers their health, safety, and moral development." Crazy, right? Getting a brand to allow an institution like the International Labour Organization into its supply chain — and making it down to level where one might find children sewing and harvesting cotton — isn't easy.
To say our connection to Earth is a great relationship gone very wrong is an oversimplified statement, obviously, but it's not a far stretch: Record high temperatures, increasing acidity of ocean waters, and shrinking ice sheets are just a few of the negative changes scientists attribute to human activities over the past century. The short film We Need Space, released to coincide with Earth Day, depicts this disintegrating relationship. If this casting choice seems confusing, you need only look at NASA 's vision for the future to make sense of it: "We reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind." According to NASA, learning about what's out there can help us improve our relationship with this place we call home.
The '70s is one of our favourite decades to look back on, even for those who weren't alive when the electric era of Studio 54 and punk was in full swing. Brimming with inspiration at every turn, it's no wonder we get nostalgic.
The Tribeca Film Festival held a screening of Scarface in celebration of the film's 35th anniversary, with key players from the movie ready to answer burning questions about Brian De Palma's iconic gangster movie. Per Vulture, however, one question from moderator Jesse Kornbluth struck a nerve with members of the audience. Kornbluth stated that "this is not the question you think it is" as fans in the audience booed the odd question. The Murder on the Orient Express star, however, chose to answer it, as delicately as possible.
"Whether it is the highly collectable and cutting-edge work of Chantal Joffe or Ishbel Myerscough making its way into your Instagram feed, or your weekend plans to visit the recent Modigliani retrospective at Tate Modern, there’s no denying it, figurative is back with force," says Luci Noel, of the Affordable Art Fair.
William Shakespeare (1564-1616), perhaps the finest mind to ever put quill to parchment, is famously thought to have been born and died on the same date - 23 April. This Monday therefore simultaneously marks the 454th birthday of the Bard of Avon and the 402nd anniversary of his death. Shakespeare was 52 when he was laid to rest at the Church of the Holy Trinity in his hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, leaving behind 154 sonnets and the 39 tragedies, histories and comedies that continue to dominate the world's theatrical stages to this day.
GP surgeries that recommend homeopathic remedies are more likely to be rated poorly for their prescribing in general, and to prescribe at greater cost to the NHS and potentially less safely, researchers say. Scientists collected data from NHS Digital, via the Open Prescribing project, to discover which of 7,618 primary care practices in England prescribed homeopathy between December 2016 and May 2017. An average rating for each practice was then generated using 36 measures of prescription performance overall, which the researchers said had been “developed [by Open Prescribing] to address issues of cost, safety or efficacy by doctors and pharmacists”.
The tragedy this week in the US, when an uncontained engine failure on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 led to the death of a passenger, was a stark reminder of vulnerability when six miles above the surface of the earth. Until 17 April 2018, Southwest was unrivalled as the safest airline in the world, at least on the measure I believe is the most significant: the number of people flown without a single passenger fatality.
Toxic shock syndrome (TSS) has long-been associated with tampon use, but a new study claims that menstrual cups could pose an even greater risk. Favoured for their economical and eco-friendly properties, menstrual cups have risen in popularity in recent years and are viewed by many as an ethical and more hygienic alternative to more traditional sanitary products, such as towels and tampons. Conducted in Lyon, France, researchers examined the material of 15 different tampons and menstrual cups to see which might increase bacterial growth or infections that lead to TSS.
'The history is close enough to touch' – tracing Guernsey's wartime past and Nazi occupation
Ten miles into my cycle across Louisiana, I roll to a stop alongside a field of golden corn. When I WhatsApp a friend an image of the crumbling structure he replies: “Don’t go near that building.” But while the setting might resemble the backdrop of an eighties horror film, Louisiana’s rural charm has already won me over. Perhaps oddly for America, land of the driver, growing numbers are exploring the state by bike.
If you went to Uni, chances are your student days involved plenty of cheap alcohol, pesto pasta and trying to accrue as many freebies as possible at the freshers' fair. With yearly university fees at £9,000 (and the interest rate on loans due to increase this year) and maintenance grants having been completely replaced with meagre loans (to the detriment of the poorest students), students can expect to rack up more than £50,000 worth of debt, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Half of students have experienced mental health issues as a result of money problems, while a similar percentage say it affects their relationships (42%), diet (61%) and presumably their health as a result, and even their grades (34%), the very reason they're racking up astronomical levels of debt in the first place.