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Britain

If we got angry about this kind of thing we'd be angry all the time

UK Labour MP Points Out There Are No Female Engines In Thomas The Tank Engine

Parents, it’s never too early to teach your kids about fair gender representation in the media! Mary Creagh, the UK’s Labour shadow transport secretary, reminded us all that gendered social conditioning starts young when she pointed out that children’s TV shows unfairly portray transport jobs as exclusively male – particularly placing blame on Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Meanwhile...

Daleks Threaten to Exterminate Prince Charles, News at 11. [VIDEO]

Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles and Camilla to most of us Americans) got a special treat recently. They visited the set of Doctor Who with Matt Smith and Jenna Coleman as tour guides! Said Smith, “Showing them how to fly the TARDIS was a real treat and something I never thought I would be doing when I first took on the role. The Prince of Wales said he remembers watching the show when he was 15 and seemed very knowledgeable on the Who history, so it’s nice to think they are watching.” Watch Prince Charles get up close and personal with a dalek above, then hit the jump to see the couple flying the TARDIS.

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It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

Stu MacKay’s Daleks Are Ready For A UK Invasion

I stumbled upon the work of Stu MacKay after watching a brief documentary on the people and products of Greenwich Market in the UK. MacKay took the iconic Daleks from Doctor Who, designed by Ray Cusick, and combined them with landmarks and other British iconography. We thought the effect was pretty cool so we reached out to him for these images.

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Consider the Following

Britain Installs New Guidelines For Prosecuting Threatening Comments Made Online, Should The U.S. Follow Suit?

Keir Starmer, chief prosecutor for England and Wales, spoke this week about stricter guidelines for harassing and threatening comments online. Is it time for the United States to do the same? 

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Gender Bendery

This Is What A Gender Neutral Toy Store Looks Like (Thanks Harrods)

Harrods Department Store is a British institution that’s just as much a tourist spot as any other historical landmark in London. This past week they made history by opening their first gender-neutral toy department. It was designed by London and Singapore-based interior architects Shed and has been dubbed Toy Kingdom. Everything in Toy Kingdom is grouped by theme, not gender: enchanted forest, miniature toy world, a reading room, a circus area, and a candy store. Take a peek inside and see how easy it would be for other stores to adopt.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Inspector Spacetime Travels Through Space…and Time

Inspector Spacetime is a show we spend far too much of our time wishing was actually a show we could watch. We’re not entirely sure we’ve accepted the fact that it is not (for now). Which is why we’re glad when the internet humors us, as with this awesome fan art mocking up a poster of the Inspector and company. As Dan Harmon himself said when he saw it (and reblogged it), “this is really really really cool.” (via Dan Harmon)

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Together At Last

Rumor of the Day: Voldemort to Face Off Against Mary Poppins in Epic Olympic Duel

Well, this one we didn’t expect. In an attempt to show off all the glory that is their Britishness, the open ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Friday may just feature a pretty epic battle scene–headlining Harry Potter villain Lord Voldemort and the eponymous hero of Mary Poppins. It’s a pairing we never knew we always wanted? Possibly? We don’t know, we’re still pretty flabbergasted by this.

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Today in Boobs

Who Are The Top 50 Female British Power Players?

In honor of International Women’s Day, Britain’s Women in Film and TV industry organization published a list of the Top 50 Female British Power Players. It includes women from both in front of and behind the camera as well as those working in Hollywood and the news industry. So who did (and did not) make this year’s list? 

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Spock Christmas Tree Topper

It’s almost Thanksgiving that means we’re allowed to start talking about Christmas, right? Or is that Halloween? As illogical as that reasoning may be, we saw this amazing Spock Christmas tree topper on Bit Rebels and couldn’t resist sharing. Read on to find out what else we saw around the internet today! 

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For A More Civilized Age

Britain Declares Girl Monarchs as Easily Found as Boy Ones

Wow, is this a long time coming or is this a long time coming? Sixteen members of the British Commonwealth States have unanimously voted for a major overhaul in Britains royal succession laws. Women and men are now on equal footing no matter what order they were born. First-born Princess with a younger brother? No problem! You will be Queen some day and your brother will just have to take those nayh, nayh, nya-nayhs your giving out. 

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