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BritNews RoundUp: Naughty Co-Eds Edition

I'm an Oxford man myself so I can't say as I understand the way things work at the other university. The latest scandal to roil Britain's junior university is over co-eds posing suggestively for a student publication, or as the Sun puts it: "Cambridge girls in sexy pics row." The Telegraph is a little more restrained, though it doesn't miss the opportunity to include a photo (strictly PG-13, actually, and definitely SFW).

The Daily Mail poses a question I think we've all asked ourselves: "What sort of man spends 15 years building an oil rig from matches in his front room?"

David Reynolds of Southampton used 4 million matchsticks to create an exact replica of the Brent Bravo oil rig in the North Sea. It took him 15 years. "It's not my finest work," he told the Mail. "I was pretty happy with the drilling platform, but the rest's pretty basic - though I suppose that's how rigs are."

I would say that he needs to get a hobby, but I suppose he already has one.

Kylie Minogue is one of those British celebs who never quite catch on over here. I'm not even sure what it is she does--sings? models? builds matchstick oil rigs?--but I'm fascinated by the Daily Mail's coverage of her every burp and fart. This story is a good introduction to the Mail's Minogue-o-mania: "Kylie Minogue goes from off duty casual chic to on duty red carpet glamour."

If I'm reading it correctly, Minogue apparently was able to change out of jeans and flannel shirt and into a "nude colored origami shift dress." That's right. The superhuman Minogue is able to change her clothes. Not only that: She took off some glasses she was wearing. Not since Clark Kent/Superman have we seen a public figure shatter expectations with the simple removal of eyewear.

And that eyewear? The Mails says they were "a nod to celluloid star Harry Potter." Really? I thought they were a nod to existentialism star Jean-Paul Sartre. Or perhaps architecture star Le Corbusier. Or maybe costume star Edith Head.

And if I may pile on a little more: Nude-colored dress? Only if your skin is silver or gray.

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By John Kelly  |  October 30, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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"Kylie Minogue is one of those British celebs..."

Kylie is Australian, not British.

Posted by: nmc2 | October 30, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Kylie is also, I believe, a breast-cancer survivor. Her positive attitude in that regard has garnered her much support. The Brits, as you know, love "pluck." If its Aussie pluck, so much the better. Since Antipoedeans seem to staff most of the pubs, they are, in a way, the true backbone of Old Blighty.

Posted by: mfromalex | October 30, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

There's a traditional Scottish dance band called 'Ceilidh Minogue.'


Posted by: staxowax | October 30, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

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