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You’d think a bunch of guys wearing tall hats, bright red clothing, carrying guns and stomping would be a pretty clear signal to get out of the way. This is an important lesson in paying attention to your surroundings.

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Leave Our Butthole Alone, Says English Town

The residents of Shepshed are proud of their most famous street, Butthole Lane.

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One would be wrong to assume that the English town of Shepshed, Leicestershire is embarrassed about the name of its most famous street, Butthole Lane. While residents of other more discerning English towns have gone out of their ways to change the names of their similarly named streets and roads—like those of Conisbrough, South Yorkshire, who changed the name of their Butt Hole Road to the far less provocative Archers’ Way—the residents of Shepshed say they’re proud of their Butthole Lane.

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Fine Dining Behind Bars

The Clink seems to be a winner as a training and rehab program, but are prison restaurants a form of exploitation?

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Recently, BBC Travel covered the U.K.’s ongoing prison restaurant program with a look at The Clink, an open-to-the-public establishment that employs and trains convicts to work in fine dining. Operated by an organization called The Clink Charity, along with Her Majesty’s Prison Service (which sounds posh, but is just the British way of saying “hoosegow”), the project now runs three restaurants where curious law abiders can have their meal prepared and served by the cream of England’s non-violent criminal crop. The inside of The Clink might look like the interior of any other upscale eatery, and the a-la-carte menu includes entries like “pressed game terrine, ciabatta croute, fruit chutney and baby cress,” and “loin of venison, celeriac parmentier, sprout tops, girolles and juniper sauce.” But its location inside the forbidding, barb-wired walls of Brixton Prison makes booking a table a daunting affair, separating the casual lookie-loos from those truly determined to enjoy an exclusive penitentiary dining experience. The BBC reports:

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The War on Photoshopping: UK Bans "Misleading" Makeup Ads

A government body in the UK has tossed two makeup ads after complaints that they were too exaggerated for public consumption.


Just one month after the American Medical Association officially came out against the practice of photoshopping actors and models in advertising, the British are waging their own battle against airbrushed ads.

After a complaint by female Member of Parliament Jo Swinson, who said two new ads, one for Maybelline and one for L'Oreal, were "not representative of the results the products could achieve," the federal Advertising Standards Authority deemed the ads too retouched to be allowed.

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Video: A Look at Why It's Good for Cops to Not Have Guns

A showdown with with a machete-wielding maniac shows how good crime-fighting can be without guns.

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There are two ways to look at this video of a man wielding a machete in England this month. In the first, like many YouTube commenters have, you can decide that it's a perfect example of why British police should carry guns at all times—two shots from a distance of ten feet and both the man and his weapon would have been dropped. That's the simplest and easiest response. The other way to look at it, however, is as a case study for why it's great for cops to not have guns.

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