Get to know: Tom Hiddleston
Knocker-ups were a thriving profession that started early during the Industrial Revolution. They woke up their clients to make sure they got to work on time. Either with a long stick, to knock on windows even on the higher floors, or (in at least one case) with a pea shooter. The knocker-up wouldn’t leave until they knew their client was awake. The job lasted until the 1920s, when alarm clocks became both reliable and affordable.
"I’ve had this calendar for three years. I use it for writing assignments and keeping my schedule, but also just to jot down my thoughts and do drawings."
"What’s…. (opens to random page) …. this page?"
"That was about a year and a half ago. It’s in two different colors, so I guess it’s from two different days. But it’s about the same boy."
“‘The person behind the name doesn’t exist’… what does that mean?”
"I wrote that one night when I was just sitting in front of my Gmail and Facebook, looking at the name of a boy I liked on the screen, seeing his profile, and somehow feeling like I was connected to him. The screen almost felt like I was connecting to a real person, but he wasn’t even there. It was just a name on a screen."
“‘Silence is cruel’… what does that mean?”
"It means I never got the courage to tell him about my feelings."
Iraqi lawmaker Vian Dakhil has made an earnest plea for the international community to step in and help the plight of 25,000 Yazidi women and girls who she says have been abducted by IS militants to be raped or sold. Dakhil, the only ethnic Yazidi member of Iraq’s parliament said the situation in Iraq is deteriorating, “I ask every government — not only here — to take some action to save these people here because the situation is really bad. What is happening here cannot be solved by [the] Iraqi government only.”
Read more via Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty.
A sled dog, tied to a whale rib, howls under the midnight sun in Alaska, 1969.Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie, National Geographic Creative
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenage education campaigner shot on school bus in 2012 by a Taliban gunman, has won the 2014 Nobel peace prize.
Malala wins along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist. Full story »
"Hey! My name is Thea and I’m 12 years old. I am getting married! So, welcome to my blog. This will also be my wedding blog from now on <3” is how Norway’s first child bride has introduced her plans to marry her 37-year-old husband to be on October 11, 2014.
A closer look at the blog reveals that it is actually meant to draw awareness to a campaign against child marriage run by Plan International. The organization states, “We want to show how horrible the practice of child marriage is and put it in a context that is familiar and normally associated with love, happiness and hope for the future….for 39,000 young girls who get married every day, their wedding day is the worst day of their life.”
The hashtag #StopTheWedding has generated public outrage against the child’s marriage. Plan International also invites people to digitally attend the wedding via Facebook while tweeting or posting status updates about the campaign.
Read more about Thea’s marriage via Buzzfeed.