1st CLASS INTERNET – 1st THREE COACHES:

March 15, 2018

http://www.zdnet.com/article/net-neutrality-showdown-now-mozilla-and-21-states-sue-fcc-over-internet-freedom/

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/attorneys-general-sue-fcc-net-neutrality_us_5a5e84c3e4b00a7f171b815a

https://www.aa.com.tr/en/americas/landmark-2015-net-neutrality-rules-expire-in-us/1172227

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44438812

MEDIA COURT:

March 14, 2018

All parties in this fast escalating situation should stand back and take stock. We had a long standing tradition in this country where everyone was presumed innocent until proven guilty. Over the years this has been replaced by “trial by mass media”. If there is proof of guilt let’s all see it. Stop the posturing and let the police continue their investigation unhampered.

AMERICAN STYLE:

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/dan-gainor-anti-kavanaugh-media-and-hollywood-bias-explodes-in-a-bad-week-for-america

GROWTH IS A DIRTY WORD:

February 4, 2018

Not your growing up variety but economic growth. Wherever growth is mentioned in the media it’s almost invariably depicted as a good thing. But is it? It is certainly a good thing for bankers, companies and business people but not so for the man in the street (or woman!) or for families, their children or their grandchildren. Growth means more factories, more pollution, less green fields, less wild animals and more greenhouse gasses. The sensitive issue of a growing world population needs to be tackled to restore the balance between humans and nature.

“Is it not time to recognise that we have reached the promised land, and should seek to stay there? Why would we want to leave this place in order to explore the blackened waste of consumer frenzy followed by ecological collapse? Surely the rational policy for the governments of the rich world is now to keep growth rates as close to zero as possible?”

https://www.chinadialogue.net/article/show/single/en/1887-Debate-is-economic-recession-good-for-the-environment-?page=2

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2011/oct/14/1

LANCASTER – THE NEW WILLISTON?

February 2, 2018

https://www.lancasterguardian.co.uk/news/expert-says-lancaster-is-next-on-fracking-list-1-8995008

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/fracking/10464709/boomtown-usa-how-fracking-jump-started-williston.html

new

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/

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

https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/

AGEING POPULATION – WHAT AGEING POPULATION?!

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

.. NOW FOR THE SHEEP!

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6715169/Flock-sheep-Bedfordshire-garden.html

EARTH’S ‘FIRE-BALL’ TO STRIKE SPACE ROCK!

https://www.rt.com/news/469149-earth-planetary-defences-asteroid/

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

CHILD WELFARE:

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.euronews.com/2019/04/24/children-and-screens-who-tells-parents-to-ban-use-for-babies-and-limit-it-for-toddlers

“… a sledgehammer to miss a nut.”?

http://www.cityam.com/274781/junk-food-ads-set-banned-tv-and-online-before-9pm-watershed

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.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/frankie-bennys-bans-mobile-phones-13656822

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

https://www.norden.org/en/news/no-evidence-social-media-are-harmful-young-people

INNOCENCE IN DANGER:

“… but most of all we should aslo consider the responsibility of parents, …”

https://www.berliner-zeitung.de/politik/rnd/wegen-pornografie-regierungsberaterin-fordert-smartphone-verbot-fuer-kinder-32043520

This site is in German.

“… if you don’t want your children to become aggressive or violent, keep them away from violent media, …”

https://www.psychologytoday.com/gb/blog/the-baby-scientist/201801/violent-m%C3%A9dia-and-aggressive-behavior-in-children

SMART PHONES BANNED:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/24/secondary-schools-introducing-strict-new-bans-mobile-phones/

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

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2866310/

CHILDREN SHOULDN’T BE USED AS A MARKETING PLOY

https://news.sky.com/story/lidl-to-remove-cartoon-characters-from-its-cereal-boxes-to-cut-childhood-obesity-11900586

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