I was blinded by my contact lens

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright New Citizenship Project When Irenie Ekkeshis’s eye started to itch she assumed it would soon settle down. It didn’t. Before long, she found herself in excruciating pain and lost her sight in that eye. And the cause may have been nothing more than handling her contact lenses with wet fingers. One Saturday morning [...]

In pictures: How one woman cycled from London to Iran

Warren Fyfe

Image caption Rebecca Lowe with her bike, Maud Rebecca Lowe’s friends thought she had taken leave of her senses when she set off on a 7,000-mile (11,250km), year-long cycle from the UK to Iran. She rode across Europe to Turkey, south to Egypt and Sudan, before flying to Oman and completing her journey into Iran. [...]

‘My Airbnb flat was turned into a pop-up brothel’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Police have warned owners of short-term holiday lets that their properties are increasingly being used for prostitution. Colin (not his real name) contacted the BBC when he discovered the flat he rents out on Airbnb had been turned into a pop-up brothel. Here he tells his story, while below Charlotte – [...]

Japanese castle seeks lord and lady for one night

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Wikimedia/Frank Gualtieri Image caption Japan is considering various means to attract more tourists to the country A guesthouse company in Japan is offering one couple a chance to experience a night as lord and lady of Hirado Castle, in an attempt to attract tourists to the area, The Mainichi website reports. Couples applying [...]

Malaysians warned over eating dumped chicken wings

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Facebook/Sin Chew Sarawak Image caption Chicken wings buried by customs officials have proven a bit of a treasure trove for some Roast chicken wings are a popular street food in Malaysia, but residents of the town of Sibu are likely to be steering clear of them for a while, The Borneo Post reports. [...]

Labia stretching: Why some British girls are told to do it

Warren Fyfe

Young girls from some cultures are being forced to alter the appearance of their genitals by stretching their labia. It is done in the belief that longer labia make sex better for men and stop them from cheating on their wives or leaving them. But it’s also a hidden form of child abuse, and the [...]

Syria ‘chemical attack’ prompts social media messages

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Some are changing their online profile pictures to plain yellow following a suspected chemical attack in Syria’s Idlib Images are being shared on social media conveying humanitarian and political messages in light of the suspected chemical attack in Syria’s northern Idlib province on Tuesday. Dozens of civilians, including children, were [...]

Memes mocking Facebook roll out Stories for everything

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@MattPostSaysHi Stories for everything The internet is poking fun at Facebook’s newly-launched Stories feature on its app. Stories is a feed of videos and pictures in the top strip of an app that typically disappear within 24 hours. While it originated in Snapchat, similar features have recently been added to Facebook-owned Instagram, Facebook [...]