So we went looking for this awesome little store called the Enchanted Cottage we'd seen a few years back, and... it doesn't exist anymore. We went to Smith's Variety in Mountain Brook, which we generally drop by at least once a month (the owner used to be the music teacher at Pilgrim Day School and remembers me by name to this day), and... they don't sell dolls anymore. Nothing more than a perfunctory case or two of Madame Alexanders, and I used to stare at the shelves of collectible dolls with laser intensity when I was younger, so this was an unpleasant shock. Does no one in Birmingham sell dolls? No one?
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Bono awarded honorary knighthood: "The embassy pointed out that titles such as 'Sir' or 'Dame' do not come with such honorary awards, 'conferred on citizens of countries [in this case, Ireland] of which The Queen is not Head of State.' "
Kids get to sleep over at NYC museum.
Serial killings informant breaks silence.
Mexican pop diva rebuilds career: "Trevi rose to stardom in the 1990s when her songs about sexual independence won over thousands of teenage fans, making her one of Latin America's biggest stars. Then the bottom fell out: In 2000, Trevi, along with her manager Sergio Andrade, and backup singer Maria Raquenel Portillo, were arrested and accused of luring young girls into their entourage with promises of stardom and then sexually abusing them. The three were detained in Brazil, where all had fled to avoid prosecution. They were extradited to Mexico, where a second backup singer was already being held. After almost five years in Brazilian and Mexican prisons, Trevi was acquitted of charges of kidnapping, rape and corruption of minors."
An in-depth review of the Thierry Mugler Perfume: The Story of a Murderer collection.
Giant squid filmed for first time: "The research team, led by Tsunemi Kubodera, videotaped the giant squid at the surface as they captured it off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo earlier this month. The squid, which measured about 24-feet long, died while it was being caught. [...] The squid, a female, was not fully grown and was relatively small by giant squid standards. The longest one on record is 60 feet, he said."
Speaking of teh krakens: Keith Richards in Sparrow gear on the set of POTC3.