Mugwump mania and memes take over Twitter

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@jpjanson It’s not everyday you get called a mugwump. But it’s a top online search and social media trend in the UK after Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson accused Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn of being a “mutton-headed, old mugwump”. And social media users are speculating whether the term was an insult or a compliment [...]

Six years on people are still celebrating Ed Balls Day

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright @HRH_Duke_of_Url/Twitter It’s the social media fail that’s celebrated every year. Ed Balls Day is a thing – on Twitter and Facebook anyway. It started six years ago long before Ed Balls appeared on the BBC’s dance show Strictly Come Dancing, when he was shadow chancellor. He typed his name into Twitter to look [...]

7 days quiz: Where did this iceberg get stuck?

Warren Fyfe

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world over the past seven days? If you missed last week’s quiz, try it here Picture credits: Getty Images; PA; Reuters Join the conversation – find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-39659007

Terracotta Army: The greatest archaeological find of the 20th Century

Warren Fyfe

In March 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well unearthed the greatest archaeological find of the century – the buried Terracotta Army. After coming across a life-sized human head made of clay in Xi’an, China, archaeologists were called in to investigate. What they found was extraordinary. Thousands of life-like terracotta figures from the Qin dynasty, fashioned [...]

A charity providing sex services for disabled people

Warren Fyfe

This film deals with difficult and controversial issues around sex and sexuality. “Hand Angels” is a small Taiwanese NGO that advocates for what it calls sexual rights for disabled people. It has volunteers who have provided sexual “help” for a small number of disabled people. A film by Alvaro Alvarez and Mukul Devichand for BBC [...]

Wives wanted in the Faroe Islands

Warren Fyfe

Image caption Athaya Slaetalid with husband Jan and their son Jacob There’s a shortage of women in the Faroe Islands. So local men are increasingly seeking wives from further afield – Thailand and the Philippines in particular. But what’s it like for the brides who swap the tropics for this windswept archipelago? When Athaya Slaetalid [...]

Terracotta Army: The greatest archaeological find of the 20th century

Warren Fyfe

In March 1974, Chinese farmers digging a well unearthed the greatest archaeological find of the century – the buried Terracotta Army. After coming across a life-sized human head made of clay in Xi’an, China, archaeologists were called in to investigate. What they found was extraordinary. Thousands of life-like terracotta figures from the Qin dynasty, fashioned [...]

Fears over fake Bieber and Styles accounts

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Law enforcement officers have been warning BBC Trending radio about a growing number of social media accounts wrongly purporting to be teen idols like Harry Styles and Justin Bieber, speaking inappropriately to young children. The growing world of social media apps with big teenage audiences has made the situation even more [...]