There's a Longstanding Midwife Shortage in Britain

The birthrate in Britain has grown more than 20% over the past 20 years, but the number of people becoming midwives has not grown along with it. At this point, England has a shortfall of about 4,800 midwives, and—according to one Telegraph columnist—if you go to the hospital to have your baby, there might not be… » 4/25/14 9:40am 4/25/14 9:40am

Obits: WWII Code Breaker Mavis Batey Rocked the Hardest Word Jumble

This puzzle box that Elizabeth and Philip are fretting over is an enigma code breaking machine, and is probably pretty similar to a device used by the late Mavis Batey, one of Britain's only female code breakers during World War II. Batey died earlier this month at the age of 92, but her efforts at unscrambling the… » 11/24/13 6:30pm 11/24/13 6:30pm

Britain Launches Nationwide Pro-Choice Awareness Campaign;…

Some British anti-choicers are in a huff because they think the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS), Britain's largest abortion provider, is "capitalizing" on recent controversy over cuts to the time limit for abortion with their new nationwide awareness campaign. Because women shouldn't know about the options… » 10/15/12 10:30am 10/15/12 10:30am

Britain's New Health Secretary in Favor of Reducing Abortion Cutoff…

Although abortion isn't quite a hot button in the UK as it is stateside, it looks like they're following our shitty example across the pond. Back in March, a fervent anti-abortion group filmed women coming out of a London clinic. The BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) is worried that the increasingly stigmatic… » 10/06/12 6:15pm 10/06/12 6:15pm

Kates Middleton And Moss Have Inspired British Women To Cover Up More

According to the New York Daily News, a Parisian fashion company called Georgede surveyed the skirt lengths of Europe (great novel title, BTW) and found that English women wear longer skirts and less revealing tops than the rest of Europe—an average of 10 centimeters longer, specifically. There's speculation that the… » 6/30/12 4:30pm 6/30/12 4:30pm

Finally, a Real Reason to Cry Over Spilled Milk

It has been drilled into us since childhood that there's no use crying over spilled milk, but it turns out that spilled milk—specifically milk wasted by people who buy it and don't use it—has a real effect on the environment. Scientists found that the milk poured down the drains of UK's residents has the same carbon… » 5/15/12 10:25am 5/15/12 10:25am

Queen Elizabeth Is the Wiliest Wedding Crasher Ever

As part of her ongoing Diamond Jubilee Tour, Queen Elizabeth — the first queen ever to earn the unofficial epithet "Ninja Queen" — quietly snuck into the wedding of commoners John and Francis Canning at the Manchester Town Hall on Friday. In order to make the vow exchange as anticlimactic for the guests as possible,… » 3/25/12 12:00pm 3/25/12 12:00pm

Prudish Victorian Brits Were to Blame for India’s Ban on ‘Buggery’

More than 60 years after Indian independence from the tightly-laced and genitally-discreet British Isles, India's Supreme Court has lifted a ban on gay sex, — or what some of you who've been following the pleasure cruise news this week may now know as buggery — and the country's chief law officer G. E Vahanvati blamed… » 3/24/12 11:30am 3/24/12 11:30am

British Apparel Company Thinks Laundry Is Strictly Women’s Work

While picking up the clothes her slovenly-sounding boyfriend had strewn across the floor, British journalist Emma Barnett noticed that the label of said boyfriend's pants offered a quirky suggestion for washing the pair of pants whenever it accumulated an intolerable amount of floor grime: Give it to your woman. » 3/08/12 10:35pm 3/08/12 10:35pm

Someone Is Peeing in British Judges' Food

Somebody at the Snaresbrook crown court must be a shitty tipper, because the food in the cafeteria has allegedly been contaminated with urine. Traces of it were apparently found in soup, salad, and even sandwiches, which customers had complained "smelled a bit off." Since only legal officers eat in the cafeteria, the… » 1/20/12 12:25pm 1/20/12 12:25pm