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Post 17461

Maria

A good entry.smiley - smiley


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Post 17462

Recumbentman

Fascinating! In Ireland we are remembering events of 100 years ago when 16 men were executed for taking part in a rising against British rule. This May Day event where men went to their death willingly for the labour cause was just 30 years earlier.

The upshot in Ireland was exactly as Shaw and others predicted: the executed men became martyrs and Irish public opinion, hugely against the rebellion at the time it happened, swung around completely and made them heroes. After six years of 'Troubles' we had a Free State, and 25 years later the present Republic.


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Post 17463

Icy North

The Cambridges have a pet hamster named after Marvin the Paranoid Android:

http://indy100.independent.co.uk/article/the-royal-family-has-a-pet-hamster-called-marvin-and-people-are-absolutely-furious-yes-really--WJMP_rm7zZ


You couldn't make this stuff up. smiley - hamster


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Post 17464

Icy North

And sad news, as the British Government refuses to honour the will of the public. The new polar survey vessel will be named RRS Sir David Attenborough, and not Boaty McBoatface.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36225652

They haven't heard the last of this.


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Post 17465

Swl

Breaking - Sir David Attenborough is changing his name to Sir Boaty McBoatface


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Post 17466

Recumbentman

smiley - biggrin


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Post 17467

Recumbentman

The whole idea of 'the will of the public' is a farce, and always was. Rousseau based it loosely on the mechanics of a resultant force, the sum of all the vectors in play, but it only fits that model in the most vague of questions, never in any detail.

Example: we are facing the necessity of forming a minority government, as no possible coalition (other than the most obvious one which is of course out of the question) could command a majority.

The people certainly voted to get the ruling party out.
The people certainly voted not to put in their main rivals.
The people certainly voted for... uncertainty?


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Post 17468

Icy North

Sheffield's a great steaming hole - it's official:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-36226076


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Post 17469

Recumbentman

Not as many as there are in Blackburn, Lancashire.


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Post 17470

Bluebottle

It is a truth universally acknowledged that you never know there's a firework factory in the city you work in until it catches fire...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-36283943

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