They’re called the Choir with No Name – a modest name certainly for a group of people whose achievements are anything but small.
The members of this London-based choir are people who have experienced homelessness – and now they’re launching their debut album and will support Coldplay at two gigs this month.
Founded in 2008 by Marie Benton, The Choir’s success in London means plans are beginning for UK-wide expansion into other UK cities, starting with Birmingham in 2011.
Eight acid attack survivors from Bangladesh are fronting a fashion show with a difference, as part of ActionAid’s campaign to tackle violence and discrimination against women and girls worldwide.
Acid attacks disproportionately affect women. Survivors’ Runway will showcase the inner strength and dignity of survivors who have had the courage to speak out against gender-based violence.
The eight models are travelling from rural areas of southern Bangladesh, where acid violence is prevalent, to raise their voices for all women and girls.
THE number of people getting married in Scotland has reached its highest level in four years, figures show.
The statistics from the Registrar General for Scotland revealed that 3,255 couples got hitched during the first three months of this year – the highest number since the first quarter of 2008 and a four per cent rise on same time last year.
The figures highlighted a rise in the number of births and a drop in the number of civil partnerships.
They also showed a fall in the number of deaths caused by Scotland’s biggest health killers: cancer, heart disease and stroke.
Oxfam is launching its first online wedding shop, offering couples an ethical choice for their big day with the added comfort of shopping from home.
Oxfam Unwrapped wedding lists were launched in 2007 and have raised nearly £1m since. The new shop on the Oxfam website will include details of the eleven Oxfam shops with bridal departments, all of which offer a wide selection of new and nearly new designer dresses, specialist advice and fittings.
It”s all aimed at couples planning a wedding that doesn”t cost a fortune and that will make a lasting difference, helping to fight poverty in more than 70 countries around the world.
Mouse researchers conducting stress hormone experiments have stumbled onto a surprising new discovery — a potential treatment for hair loss.
Scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles, and the Veterans Administration were working with genetically altered mice that typically develop head-to-tail baldness as a result of overproducing a stress hormone.
The experiment wasn’t focused on hair loss. Instead, it was designed to study a chemical compound that blocks the effects of stress on the gut. The researchers treated the bald mice for five days with the compound and then returned them to the cages, where they scampered about with several furry mice from a control group.
Kick off this year’s party season by bagging yourself a pair of cool killer heels in Save The Children’s Killer Heels to Kick out Killer Diseases auction.
Your glitzy shoes can help save children’s lives, the charity says. It points out that every year more than 9 million children around the world die from preventable diseases such as pneumonia, malaria, diarrhoea and measles.
Save The Children launched its appeal to the fashion industry and British public to donate their most fabulous party shoes and killer heels to help stamp out these killer diseases.
London has Paddington Bear but New York now has a giant yellow teddy bear, a great sculptural masterpiece that could sell for more than $9 million at auction in May.
A 23-foot high, bronze teddy bear slumped under a black bedside lamp will be on display for five months in midtown Manhattan from next week and be a highlight of the Post-War & Contemporary sale on May 11.
The 35,000 pound sculpture, Untitled (Lamp/Bear), is the work of New York-based Swiss artist Urs Fischer. Brett Gorvy, Christie’s deputy chairman for Post-War and Contemporary Art, described Fischer as the Jeff Koons of his generation.
Treehugger has this to say about French Company FYE (For Your Earth)
Shoe lovers have more and more choice when it comes to buying eco-friendly shoes: Simple Shoes, Worn Again or TOMS are just a few of my favourites and I just found a new brand from France. FYE (for your earth) is a relatively young company that started popping up on the internet and in european stores recently. Their fashionable trainers are comfy and their philosophy is eco-social business; good for people, planet and profit.
FYE uses recycled materials as well as organic natural fibers and rubber, all held together by non-toxic water-based adhesives.
Eating a healthy diet rich in fruit and vegetables gives you a more healthy golden glow than the sun, say scientists.
The new research, by psychologists at the University of St Andrews, suggests that instead of hitting the beach, the best way to look good is by munching on carrots and tomatoes.
The team at the Perception Lab at St Andrews found that people who eat more portions of fruit and vegetables per day have a more golden skin colour, thanks to substances called carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants that help soak up damaging compounds produced by the stresses and strains of everyday living, especially when the body is combatting disease.
He just wanted to see if it looked good with his fur coat.
Anna Clark, 35, says that a red fox stole her handbag. Or maybe “borrowed” is the correct term, since the little critter apparently brought it back.
Anna’s husband, 38-year-old Jeremy Clark, told The Argus yesterday that the couple was standing in their driveway in West Sussex, England, when the fox appeared and snatched up the bag in his mouth.
Jeremy said he yelled at the fox to drop the bag, but the fox didn’t listen, taking off into the bushes instead.
Natalie and Kim, the Ellis sisters who run the Eco and ethical brand The Joinery have been receiving praise this week at Cape Towns Fashion week.
Ethical consciousness is at the heart of everything The Joinery does.
They believe in being kind to the planet, transparent about their products and fair to their producers and suppliers.
The Joinery is a sustainable, ethical, fashion and lifestyle brand, striving for a high-end design aesthetic with an African conscience.
Their clothing, accessories and bespoke products are produced by sewing cooperatives, and artisans based in and around the townships of Cape Town. They strive to use organic, certified cotton, Tencel, Linen and Hemp fabrics where possible, and fibres that are grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilisers.