Turn your eyes to the United Kingdom, where controversy rages over a shop owner’s reported reluctance to sell wands to Harry Potter fans—as opposed to those embarking on a true spiritual journey—drawing fire from J.K. Rowling herself.
Today is author J.K. Rowling’s 51st birthday! She’s celebrating with the opening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the news that—sorry pals—she has finished writing about Harry Potter. This eighth, theatrical installment concludes his narrative.
John Oliver, host of Last Week Tonight and contender for Best British Human, has gifted his adopted country with a video in honor of Independence Day. But he also reminds viewers what our independence from Mother England has cost us young, scrappy, and hungry ruffians.
On Sunday, July 3, singer Lily Allen attended a garden party hosted by Evening Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev. The guest list included such insufferable cretins as News Corp owner Rupert Murdoch and now-ex UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Upon discovering this, Allen threw herself into the righteous task of documenting—and…
Former London Mayor and human haystack blown askew by heavy winds Boris Johnson faked everybody out real good this week. He campaigned fiercely for the historically bad idea known as Brexit and then, when it was achieved, abruptly announced that he didn’t want to run the country and figure out how to implement it…
Darlings, the Absolutely Fabulous movie premiere has finally arrived, and it is eccentric city! I hardly know who most of these people are, but I don’t care, because they’re all wearing weird, slightly ill-fitting outfits, and when do you even get that anymore in the day of the celebrity stylist?! What a relief!
A 60-year-old woman from the UK has been fighting for the right to her daughter’s frozen eggs since her death in 2011 from cancer. Her daughter allegedly asked for her mother to “carry my babies,” but written consent was not obtained before she died.
Just weeks after her whirlwind romance with Tom Hiddleston began on the shores of Rhode Island, Taylor Swift has finally completed her goal of meeting everyone in England.
Jo Cox, a 41-year-old member of Parliament, has reportedly died after being shot and stabbed in public Thursday morning by a man who reportedly shouted “Britain first” as he attacked her. Cox has publicly supported remaining in the European Union during Brexit, the ongoing debate over whether Great Britain should…
There was no possibility of taking a walk that day.
Congrats to the Lancashire couple who found a roughly 3.5 pound chunk of whale... something... while recently strolling the beach. The waxy, smelly lump is actually called ambergris, it’s used in making perfume, and it’s extremely valuable.
If the dogged pace of the modern age has left you weary, anxious, and afflicted by aches and malaise, you may require a more historical diagnosis. We tend to refer to these symptoms collectively as burnout, but the Victorians called it “neurasthenia.”
Despite becoming a cultural phenomenon at home, shows like Empire aren’t attracting the same number of viewers abroad, leading some to believe that the world just isn’t ready for African American stories outside of America. But it’s not that simple: the business of television is changing.
Bridget Jones has emerged from the early aughts to give us Bridget Jones’s Baby, wherein our protagonist, played by Renée Zellweger, is pregnant and unsure whether McDreamy or Mr. Darcy is the father. Hilarious, right? Ugh.
In a case of real life imitating an episode of The Golden Girls, a uniformed police officer was mistaken for a stripper when he found a group of women celebrating a 50th birthday inside of a social club in Wiltshire, England.
Because adolescence is a blithesome, tranquil time when we treat our peers with the tenderest sympathy and respect, a number of English secondary school students have created anonymous Instagram accounts inspired by the show Gossip Girl.
On Monday, actor Idris Elba will make his way to Westminster to address Parliament regarding the egregious lack of diversity on British television.
Seven men have been convicted or pleaded guilty in London to stealing £14 million —$20 million— in gold, diamonds, sapphires, and cash from an underground vault. It’s believed to be the largest burglary in English history, and certainly the funniest: The ringleader, according to police, was 76 years old, and he used…
Archeologists from the University of Cambridge have discovered the amazingly well-preserved remains of a Bronze Age village at a quarry site in eastern England’s Peterborough. “This is a world full of swords and spears,” said site director, Mark Knight. “It is not entirely a friendly place.”
There’s an entire, booming segment of the gadget business catering to the wealthy, building ever more elaborate Bluetooth-enabled designer kitchen appliances or whatever. But it’s certainly not a new phenomenon, as this circa-early 1800s jeweled silkworm/still-functional automaton attests.