Archive for January, 2018

WHAT IS COMMUNISM?

January 28, 2018

My Headmaster used to hold a general studies class at the school. He was rather pompous and although the lectures were interesting most of it was over my head. At the end of the talks he would ask the pupils if they had any questions and he would confidently answer them all. When I told my mother about him she said “ask him this question – what is communism? – That should take the wind out of his sails!” At the next lecture I was very nervous and when he finished I put my hand up and asked him the question. He gasped and paused for a while then proceeded to answer the question. He talked for some length but I didn’t understand him. When I told my mother she was pleased that it had the desired effect! Has Vladimir Putin finally answered this question?

https://www.rt.com/news/415883-putin-communist-ideology-christianity/

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WHAT A REFRESHING CHANGE – OR PERHAPS NOT:

January 21, 2018

Sometimes on holiday if I forget to treat my legs with insect repellent I would return to the hotel to find that they are covered in red blotches! These were cause by mosquitoes secretly landing on my skin, puncturing it and sucking blood out of the veins. This is what they live on and it’s a scrumptious meal for them. Apart from the itching and the chance of getting malaria it’s an annoyance that they have such skill to get away with it without my noticing. But now I have the chance to get my own back! The E.U. in its infinite wisdom have now allowed human food to contain insects – dead of course. The new ruling came into force on the 1st January this year. I can’t wait to open my first can to taste how delicious they are and with a bit of luck there may even be some maggots thrown in as well!

https://www.politico.eu/article/eat-insects-new-eu-rules-menu/

MORE REFRESHING

http://independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/poacher-lions-eaten-south-africa-head-wildlife-ingwelala-private-nature-reserve-a8206611.html

… EVEN MORE!

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/cows-escapes-slaughterhouse-poland-rams-fence-swims-island-lake-nysa-a8214266.html

AGEING POPULATION – WHAT AGEING POPULATION?!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/03/10/ageing-japanese-towns-overrun-wild-boars/

I’M WORKING ON THIS ONE!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-44366360

IT GETS BETTER!

103-YEAR-OLD FENDS OFF TRICKSTERS WITH WALKING STICK

https://www.dw.com/en/german-senior-citizen-thwarts-robbers-by-chasing-them-off-with-cane/a-44654656

NOT SO FUNNY:

CHILD CLOCKS UP €12,000 ROAMING BILL!

https://mobil.berliner-zeitung.de/berlin/horrende-handyrechnung-berliner-familie-muss-nach-kreutzfahrt-12-000-euro-zahlen-30617096

This link is in German

POWER STATION PLANS BLOCKED:

January 14, 2018

http://www.thebay.co.uk/news/local-news/sldc-throws-out-old-hutton-power-station-plans/

POLICY OR POLITICS?

January 11, 2018

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-42639359

HALF A MILLION LORRY MILES A YEAR TAKEN OFF THE ROAD:

A quarrying firm has restored a rail line to transport aggregates to its processing plant.

https://www.hearts.co.uk/northlancs/news/local/shap-quarry-rail-link-restored/

More goods should be transported this way.

PREPARE A MEAL, PREPARE FOR LIFE:

January 8, 2018

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-21/we-should-stop-outsourcing-and-cook-together/8768212

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2018/03/20/poor-children-britain-now-fatter-wealthy-dramatic-reversal/

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/sugar-tax-obesity-junk-food-government-move-criticised-feeble-a7196261.html

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/child-obesity-action-plan-is-too-feeble-ljvnl5c7f

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/teach-pupils-how-to-be-healthy-parents-say-experts-gfznx6dj8

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2018/01/10/australias-akubra-hat-girl-kills-herself-after-online-bullying-family-says.html

MOLLYCODDLED:

https:www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286954/Mollycoddled-children-unable-cope-adulthood-says-avid-amerons-guru-parenting.html

https:www.theguardian.com./commentisfree/2015/oct/18/real-risk-to-kids-play-mollycoddling

NOT SO CODDLED:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2018/09/23/indonesian-teenager-survives-49-days-adrift-in-guam-waters.html

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-45623130

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-43603080

https://www.inc.com/thomas-koulopoulos/why-are-early-facebook-google-employees-rallying-to-protect-kids-from-social-media.html

http://news.sky.com/story/culture-minister-backs-time-limits-for-children-using-social-media-11283349

“society would be better off if people cut the amount of social media use.”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-43781281

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/whatsapp-putting-minimum-age-limit-14576063

SPOILT BRATS:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/science/article-5338951/Alexa-generation-spoilt-brats-created.html

KNOCK-KNOCK – Who’s there?
Isabel – Isabel who? – Isabel on a bike?!

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-25/amazon-aims-to-boost-echo-sales-by-targeting-bored-children

GAMING:

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1323441/food-health

CHILDREN SHOULDN’T BE USED AS A MARKETING PLOY

CHILD WELFARE:

https://www.holyrood.com/articles/news/mortality-rates-among-children-care-%E2%80%98hidden%E2%80%99-finds-report

“Care Experienced”

We consider you to be care experienced if you have been looked after by a local authority at any time in your life.

https://www.ed.ac.uk/student-recruitment/widening-participation/projects/care-experienced

BOOKS HAVE BECOME OLD-FASHIONED:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/04/02/children-swiping-books-attempt-turn-pages-raised-tablets-phones/

CHILDREN SHOULD BE SEEN AND NOT HEARD:

This old-fashioned saying has sadly become reallity.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/6901521/millions-of-kids-have-not-been-taught-how-to-talk-before-they-start-school/

IDENTITY:

January 1, 2018

GREAT! to see that the ‘old’ U.K. passport is making a comeback. But because of modern technology (fitting in machines etc) it can’t be exactly like it was. But for those who yearn for the real McCoy, make a wallet and put your new pseudo ‘old’ passport in it! This wallet is made from cardboard taken from a street map and the new passport slips inside. A piece of plastic is stapled to the inside back to keep it in place. The image is copied from the Net and pasted on the front – voila! Identity back!


https://news.sky.com/story/british-passports-will-go-back-to-blue-after-brexit-ditching-eu-burgundy-11180518