Blogger fined for restaurant review

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

"This decision creates a new crime of ‘being too highly ranked [on a search engine]‘, or of having too great an influence’,"

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Mental health work scheme piloted

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

"The Department for Work and Pensions said treatment would not be mandatory in the pilot scheme but that remained an "idea" for the future."  Mandatory counselling and/or psychotherapy.  Unethical, impossible and I hope no therapist would touch it with a bargepole.

 

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Typical writer ‘earns £11,000 a year’

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

This is a worrying trend – we have a rich literary history in Britain, but like good wine we need to regularly lay down new texts, new literature, new poetry.  £11,000 full time is well below the minimum wage in the UK (£12,300).  Not nearly enough.

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The BBC takes a strong stand against promoting fake science

Last week, the British Broadcasting Corp. disclosed an ongoing effort to teach its staff how to distinguish real science from bogus science, and the importance of keeping the latter off the airwaves.

Source: www.latimes.com

Interesting to see how this story is being reported in Los Angeles – it’s not just a ‘little Britain’ issue  "…when even the Supreme Court makes law based on this level of ignorance, it becomes clear that the battle against ignorance in the press and public debate is all uphill."

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Buddhist Student, Religious Liberty Prevail In Louisiana

“Imagine if your child was ridiculed in front of his classmates for his religious beliefs until he was physically ill. Can’t believe it? Neither could we, and that’s why the ACLU and the ACLU of Louisiana sued the Sabine Parish School District on behalf of C.C., a sixth-grader of Thai descent”

Source: www.aclu.org

Good to see this judgement.

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Beach hut on market for £225,000

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Conspicuous consumerism. Contemptible.

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The man who lives in 1946

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Although he has afoot firmly planted in the present (he is BA cabin crew) Ben Sansum harks back to the 1940′s and beyond in his attempts to keep an old world alive..

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Norwalk ‘spiritual healer’ convicted of sexually assaulting client

A Victorville man who identified himself as a “spiritual healer” was convicted of sexual assault Tuesday.

Source: www.latimes.com

Felix had advertised in Spanish newspapers that he was a "spiritual healer" who could solve women’s love issues, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. 

 

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Classic books become London benches

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Absolutely gorgeous 

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Blog – Chai Wallahs of India

Zach and Resham tell stories of chai wallahs from the country’s many distinct regions.

Source: chaiwallahsofindia.com

Fascinating – and some very evocative photography 

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