Posts Tagged ‘ feel-good ’

”… actually a social issue of the greatest importance…”

November 18, 2014 5 Comments
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What is..? Well, according to Baroness Kidron, it’s that eeeeeeevil Internet and its effect on the poor helpless kiddiewinks. At iRights’ heart are five principles: that under-18s should be able to take down any content they have posted on the internet; that they should have a right to know who is holding or profiting from their information; that they should be able to explore the internet safely; that there should…

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Oh, Right, Clearly It’s All Britain’s Fault…

November 8, 2014 9 Comments
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…for not realising you were backward savages, and not decent human beings: Omar Al-Mukhtar, a Libyan cadet at the base but not one of those implicated in the crimes, said Libyan soldiers thought the men accused of assault had been treated badly. He told the BBC that he felt “there is no problem”. Mr Al-Mukhtar added that there had been conflict between British and Libyan soldiers at the base and…

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Oxford Dodged A Bullet Here…

September 14, 2014 7 Comments
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Helen Price, writing in the ‘Guardian’ last year, about turning down Oxford to go to Yale: Cash-starved UK universities cannot compete with the funding opportunities offered by US colleges, whose wealthy alumni throw donations at their alma maters. Yale’s $19.4 billion endowment dwarfs Oxford’s £3.9 billion, meaning that they can pay for everything from summers abroad to huge research grants. Most of all, I noticed the difference in their attitude…

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Mary Brandon – Feminism’s Answer To Timothy Treadwell…

September 6, 2014 9 Comments
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In a Facebook post which exposes the darker side of the annual street party “supposed to be about community and good vibes”… Ahahahahahaha! Is it really? Pull the other one! … Mary Brandon said she spent nine hours at hospital receiving treatment following the alleged assault. Ms Brandon encouraged others to raise awareness of her image and “get the word out that this isn’t OK”. Since being uploaded yesterday it…

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Signs You Might Have Sent Your Child To The Wrong School…

May 14, 2014 7 Comments
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“Shoeless classrooms were brought in to improve the learning environment… Wha..? …and have nothing to do with the carpet tiles – we haven’t had any new carpets fitted since 2007. “On Friday as lunch was being prepared the fire alarm began to sound. “The whole school followed evacuation procedures and left the building quickly and safely. “During the afternoon children with wet socks or tights were given spare dry ones…

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E Jane Dickson Doesn’t Understand TANSTAAFL

December 14, 2013 14 Comments
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Universal free school meals are an excellent idea; pilot schemes in the UK and tested policies in other countries have shown that the provision of a hot lunch for all significantly improves the educational chances of poorer children. That’s nice, but they ain’t free. The problem, however, with Clegg’s meal deal is … That they ain’t free..? … that it is not in fact universal; it is offered only to…

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In Modern Science, We Do Not Tolerate Dissent!

November 4, 2013 6 Comments
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Rachael Dunlop, consensus scientist! A recent study reports that stories about vaccines that include false balance are actually more dangerous than those that are purely anti-vaccine. Yes, you read that correctly. Stories that offer both sides of the coin can have a greater negative influence on people’s decision to not vaccinate than those that are purely anti-vaccine. Well, yes. A well-argued back-and-forth does, it seems, persuade people that the two…

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Do Standards Even Matter Anymore?

July 6, 2013 6 Comments
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Do Standards Even Matter Anymore?

I was sent these two pictures by a friend who knows I love hate such things: These two professionally-deigned and printed, lovingly laminated signs were affixed to just about everything that didn’t move, totally oblivious to the grammar crimes committed therein. I guess first impressions no longer count? Intrigued, I looked up this bunch. It is, according to the website they’ve had set up, “A community led street redesign project with Sustrans in Barking…

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Maybe, This Time, Intended Consequences?

June 26, 2013 2 Comments
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New planning rules introduced on Friday May 31 would allow bookies to move into empty shops without needing permission to change the use of premises. Ministers hope this will prevent high streets turning into ghost towns but critics argued the new legislation would means towns could be overrun by bookmakers and payday lenders. Hmmm, a usual hopelessly drawn-up bit of legislation, or a crafty way to get an end run…

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Another Tragedy, Another Demand For ‘Safeguards’…

May 26, 2013 6 Comments
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For Heddon Johnson and his wife Tor, stepdaughter of the Marquess of Queensberry, the image had a tragic resonance. The 60-year-old building conservationist turned on the television that Sunday evening and, he tells me: “It was appalling. Everything about the death of my son came back.” Well, yes. Only to be expected. And his son’s death was indeed tragic and awful. But expecting it to be the catalyst for yet more…

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Yet More #FirstWorldProblems…

May 16, 2013 13 Comments
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Tesco has defended its decision to label a children’s chemistry set a boys’ toy, despite criticism from gender equality campaigners. Oh. Those. Campaigners from Let Toys Be Toys, an online pressure group that is calling on retailers not to limit children’s development by promoting separate “boys’” and “girls’” toys, said that Tesco’s labelling of its “Action Science Chemistry Set” was sexist. A bunch of people with too much time on…

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Yet More Wacky Curriculum Requests…

May 2, 2013 8 Comments
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Children should get lessons in prison life to stop them becoming involved in crime, according to the Duke of Westminster’s daughter. Lady Edwina Grosvenor, who has dedicated her life to prison reform, today called for the classes to be included in the national curriculum. Why does everyone with a tuppenny-ha’penny cause or idea feel they have the right to demand it be shoehorned into the bulging national curriculum? Surely children…

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Shame Barking And Dagenham Isn’t A Do-Gooder Desert…

April 10, 2013 8 Comments
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Eric Samuel MBE, CEO of Community Food Enterprise, says Barking and Dagenham is rife with areas where affordable healthy food is scarce or difficult to access. It is? News to those of us who grew up there and still have occasion to visit or pass through! He said: “Barking and Dagenham is by far the worst. If you look around the Thames View Estate in Barking you will see there…

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I Bet Employers Can’t Wait To Employ Them!

March 22, 2013 8 Comments
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Experts today praised a London school where lessons start at 10am saying it can help boost grades and reduce levels of depression and self-harm. Yes, I’m sure it can. Until they try to find a job keeping those hours… Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience (Ed: !!) at Oxford University, said more schools should take account of the fact that teenagers have a biological pre-disposition to go to bed later and get…

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Don’t Laugh At The Funny Yanks…

March 12, 2013 4 Comments
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…we aren’t that far behind them: According to MSNBC, Fox News Baltimore, and a host of other media outlets, the latest case of OMG (oh my gosh, or perhaps it should be called “oh my guns”) an incident involving Josh Welch, a 7-year-old second grade student at Park Elementary School in the Brooklyn Park area of Baltimore, Maryland, made the news on Friday when the boy was suspended from school…

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