Posts Tagged ‘ Read and Weep ’

Thin End Of The Wedge..?

April 15, 2015 7 Comments
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Applying to roles deemed “safety-critical”, a host of employees from lorry drivers to binmen and lollipop ladies are being checked using breathalysers and swipes of their skin. Failure or refusal to take a test is regarded as a disciplinary matter. Yes, well, we wouldn’t want to see a lollipop lady roll out of control and crush a few kiddies, would we? Say…are they now saying that was what happened in…

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When Imojis Go Bad….

March 20, 2015 3 Comments
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“When Facebook users set their status to ‘feeling fat’, they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders. “That is not ok.” Bad Facebook users! BAD! She explains that she set up the petition after noticing a friend had set her Facebook status to ‘feeling fat.’ “I think it was supposed to be funny, but seeing this status made…

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When You Know You Can Safely Ignore A Whinge By Michael Rosen…

March 8, 2015 10 Comments
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This Spag test was recommended with hardly a footnote of evidence and on a false premise – namely that spelling, punctuation and grammar questions have right and wrong answers. /facepalm This chin-stroking touchy-feely approach to teaching is the reason so many kids have no idea about possessive apostrophes or homonyms or of any of the other building blocks of grammar and punctuation. And also why they ‘write’ essays that are…

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Oh, Please! Pull The Other One…

March 2, 2015 Comments Off
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Officers arrested 16 people living on the site in connection with the production of cannabis and three others in connection with separate offences. They said a ‘small minority of individuals’ with links to the site had been involved. Right, right. And all the others? They never noticed anything? They never wondered when they’d see any of the ‘community centre’ up and running? Wondered when the three toilets would be in…

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I Thought Only The Nazis Banned Books…?

February 12, 2015 17 Comments
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…guess we now have politicians who want to ban books by Nazis: Scottish Labour MP Thomas Docherty is calling for a national debate on whether the sale of Adolf Hitler’s “repulsive” manifesto Mein Kampf should be prohibited in the UK. /facepalm “Of course Amazon – and indeed any other bookseller – is doing nothing wrong in selling the book. However, I think that there is a compelling case for a…

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White People! Just Give Up, You Can’t Win…

February 3, 2015 19 Comments
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People love to tell me that they often forget that I’m black. They say this with a sort of “a-ha!” look on their faces, as if their dawning ability to see my blackness was a gift to us both. When I point out that their eyesight had never left them, that my skin has never changed colors, and that they probably did not really forget that I am black, they…

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Just When You Think Modern Feminism Can’t Get More Irrelevant Or Absurd…

January 14, 2015 11 Comments
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It started like this: 25-year-old New Yorker Beth Breslaw was chatting to a friend about her observation that men were less likely than women to make way for other people on crowded pavements. Oh, for…! Breslaw decided that she was going to test out her friend’s theory. No longer was she going to act like a polite, decent human being who occasionally moved out of people’s way, dammit! No, she…

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Clear As Mud..?

January 12, 2015 13 Comments
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Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw has said head teachers faced with equal candidates for a teaching post should consider “positive discrimination”. The head of the education watchdog told LBC Radio that the teaching staff of schools should reflect the ethnic diversity of their pupils. “There needs to be a fair representation,” said Sir Michael. I’m not at all sure what’s ‘fair’ about selecting someone simply because they are a particular…

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Alternative Headline: “People Who Live Their Lives Online OUTRAGED! At Consequences Of Optional App..”

January 2, 2015 5 Comments
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Facebook has apologised after a new feature inviting users to review a collection of their 2014 highlights caused some to be confronted with pictures of their recently deceased family members and friends. The app selects from photos YOU have posted to YOUR Facebook page and neglected to remove once the subject has died. But somehow, this is all Facebook’s fault? The issue was first highlighted by Eric Meyer, a web-design…

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Well, This’ll Reduce GP Workloads…

December 30, 2014 10 Comments
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Remember all those headlines bewailing the pressure on GPs a few days ago? GPs will be asked to identify patients who are putting on weight under a new national programme to help fight obesity. And once they are identified, what then? To the Fat Camps! Mr Stevens said targeted schemes to prevent obesity, by losing weight, had been proven to work, and now needed to be introduced nationally. And you…

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Why Does Anyone Listen To These People?

December 28, 2014 11 Comments
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Video games are one of the most vibrant cultural forms of the 21st century – but they have an image problem. *sighs* Guess who? The industry is seen as a boys’ club, a production line of games written by young men, predominantly aimed at young men. Even though independent studios are making more diverse content than ever, gaming culture is dominated by male voices. Is there nothing the joyless progressives…

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Physician, Silence Thyself!

December 24, 2014 5 Comments
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For Dr John Wright, a clinical epidemiologist from Bradford working at the clinic at Moyamba, Sierra Leone, which opened on Friday, it was a slap in the face for him and his colleagues. What was? Well, would you believe, expecting him to abide by the decisions made to prevent unnecessary transmission of freakin’ Ebola?!? “It’s a return to the ecology of fear that they insisted they were going to steer…

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“Shut Up”, He Explained…

November 12, 2014 6 Comments
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Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said the county council should stop its “endless grumbling” over free school meals. Taking a leaf out of Obama’s book, there, Nick? ‘You won’, right? The Liberal Democrat leader visited Oxford to promote the policy yesterday, and ate breakfast with children from local primary schools and Raymond Blanc at the chef’s Brasserie Blanc restaurant in Walton Street. I’m assuming that’s not their usual venue?…

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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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UK Border Force – Tough On Parrots, Tough On The Causes Of Parrots…

November 5, 2014 3 Comments
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The couple checked whether they needed a CITES permit for Becky but received a categorical assurance from the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency that they did not. But upon arriving in the UK, Becky was seized by Border Force officials who said she did need one. A CITES permit, which is inexpensive and easy to obtain, cannot be applied for retrospectively so Andrew and David have had to instruct…

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