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Baby Swan Graces Palace Lagoon

United States / San Francisco : SFist

From the Palace of Fine Arts this morning comes word of a new addition to the lagoon's swan family. According to the Examiner, Blanche and her fertile mate Blue Boy hatched a downy little cygnet named Martha on Memorial Day. [ more ...

Ancrum bishop's palace search begins

Academics / Archaeology : Archaeology in Europe

Archaeologists from the University of Glasgow have begun looking for traces of a bishop's palace in a Scottish Borders village. The field of Mantle Walls, near Ancrum, has long been suspected to have been the site of a major medieva...

The Queen, Kate Middleton and Camilla Go On Wild Girls’ Night At Fortnum & Mason’s

Pop Culture / Celebrity : Hecklerspray

Bored of sitting on their arses in separate palaces, eating swan pate and beating servants, the Queen, Kate Middleton and Camilla Parker Bowles decided to go on a raucous girls’ night out at Fortnum & Mason's, where they ate indestr...

George Carey is wrong about both assisted dying and women bishops

Health : WellBeing

This afternoon, the Synod votes (again) on whether to admit women as bishops, ending the Church of England's long block on female leadership. And no, the Queen doesn’t count – per Article 37 of the 39 Articles, she’s a laywoman expl...

Ducks Step in To Ring Bell

Humor : Neatorama

For 800 years, it has been tradition that the swans in the moat at the Bishop’s Palace in Somerset, England ring a bell to be fed. Tourists come to see the swans in action, and new swans are trained occasionally to carry on the trad...


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