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William Keegan seems to have been writing sense for as long as I have been reading proper newspapers. He's got a book out that Gideon should, but won't, read.

Mr Osborne’s Economic Experiment: Austerity 1945-51 and 2010- review – an elegant demolition of the chancellor’s policies

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Castle. Lego. Time lapse. A winning combination!

Rhuddlan Castle in 50,000 Lego bricks.
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Basic Income

Start talking about the concept of a Universal Basic Income, and one or more of the listeners will claim people will just sit around drinking, and not work. But what actually happens?

A whopping one third of pilot participants reported starting their own businesses. And these new businesses along with existing businesses did well, because what these transfers also created were consumers.

This is a very interesting report by Scott Santens on a trial of Basic Income, and well worth a read. Oh, and did you know, a Basic Income is one of the Green Party's policies? 
http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/ec.html#EC730
Guess What Happened When Liberia Tested a Pilot Program of Cash Transfers to the Extreme Poor in Bomi - Further evidence of the potential of basic income
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+Martti Kühne Mmmmm beer....
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Dear Leaders Oral Examination
Somebody pointed out to me recently, and I am sorry I forget who it was, that Dear Leader David Cameron seems to have only two possible positions for his mouth. In our first picture, we see that the lovely, shiny face of our glorious leader appears to have ...
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This.
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Busted!
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Oh, that's just idealism. It can't work.

Do you know why it can't? You won't let it.

All my life, people have been telling me we can't improve this, we can't help them, we have to do this even though it's wrong. Hard decisions. No. They are wrong. Things can  be better. We can  get rid of the monsters who are messing everything up, and make the planet a decent place to live.
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+Matthew Halfpenny I hope you are wrong about that last sentence, because I would so love to see Warren Buffet trying to eat dollars.
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George Osborne rebuked for boasting he halved £1.7bn EU surcharge.

Be sure your constant lies can't be checked, if you want to get away with them.

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+Amelia Bevan Well, sure. Blair has always been a Tory, he joined at Oxford.
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Astrology? Good grief!

I don't know what's going on at the Telegraph any more. Ridiculing a Tory MP just because he believes astrology is more important than anything else? Whatever next?

One of his competitors at the next election said:

We need an MP who will speak up on the importance of employment, decent wages, pensions, improving the education system, transport issues, saving green spaces. What we don't need is an MP who is making our area a laughing stock with his utterly ridiculous obsession with astrology.
David Tredinnick, the MP for Bosworth in Leicestershire, predicts that if doctors look to the stars they will find ways to treat patients and take huge pressure off the NHS
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So it looks as if it's about time for the Conservatives to persuade Treddinick to join UKIP.
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Good idea

“You can’t just wait for something to happen. You have to do something,” says the 71-year-old, [....] “I suggest a charter of demands. Try to get a million signatures, starting now in 2015. Then march en masse to parliament and present the demands to the Speaker. Doesn’t matter who’s in power.” He calls it the Grand Remonstrance of the People of England.

What would his Grand Remonstrance contain? “Renationalising the railways and most of the utilities – gas, water, electricity. Just take them back. Argue with whoever says that can’t be done. Cut down military spending, reduce this absurd notion that Britain is a big player on the world stage – it isn’t.”

Tariq Ali is going to #VoteGreen  this time

Why? “Because the Green candidate here is an old comrade from the 60s, a trade union activist, anti-war, rock solid on most issues. Why should I bother voting for anyone else?”

Good. I've liked his writing for donkey's years, and I agree.
A leading figure of the British left since the 60s, Tariq Ali despairs of Westminster and the ‘extreme centre’ that dominates politics today. His solution? It’s not to trust Ed Miliband – it’s to follow the principles laid out by his father
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The Dear Leader Hairstyle
North Korea's Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un, has recently amazed the world with his wonderful new hair style. There is probably nothing one can do to one's appearance that is more effective in showing everyone that you really, really , really don't care at all w...
North Korea's Dear Leader, Kim Jong Un, has recently amazed the world with his wonderful new hair style. There is probably nothing one can do to one's appearance that is more effective in showing everyone that you really, rea...
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It really annoys me that I can't find a way to make Kim's picture show here, so you have to go to the blog post to see the badly edited picture of idiot boy Cameron.
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Had the Varoufakis plan been put forward by an investment banker, it would have been perceived as perfectly reasonable.

Somebody should tell that idiot Osborne about this way of doing things. His way is the wrong way.
Ever since the initial bargain in the 1950s between post-Nazi West Germany and its wartime victims, European integration has been built on compromise. So there…
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Just this guy, you know?
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You don't want to know.
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  • Red Computers
    bouzouki player, 1995 - present
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Previously
Melksham Wiltshire - Chippenham Wiltshire - Brackley Northants - Taunton Somerset - Ilminster Somerset - Portsmouth Hampshire - Cheltenham - Hong Kong - Stoke-on-Trent
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Not as scary as I look.
Introduction
Elizabeth's husband, and Dominic's Dad. I also like computers and rebetiko, but not as much.
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I was probably conceived while "Baby", the first stored program computer, was running its first program.
Education
  • St George's School Hong Kong
    1963 - 1966
  • Open University
    Maths and computation
  • University of Oxford
    MSc Computation [failed]
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The Walrus
Good school, and keeps getting better.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The beer is well kept. It costs a lot but that's the government's fault. But, would it hurt the staff to make eye contact and maybe even smile?
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
No toilets for people who are collecting somebody.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
This is the first Greek hotel I have stayed in that genuinely didn't seem even slightly interested in the customers. It could take two or three minutes to get the staff behind the main desk to even notice you were there, they were so busy talking to each other and their mobiles. The actual hotel building was very good, but the staff let it down. Oh, and the restaurant staff clearly believed they were doing us huge favours by taking ages to bring very average food, while the bar staff were only interested in listening to unbelievably loud, obscene rap music, which made the beach in front of the hotel unusable. Nice to have your drinks delivered by a pretty girl in a bikini, but under ten minutes would help save people from dying of thirst.
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Quality: GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Poor - Fair
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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The map is wrong, the hotel is further away from the harbour.
Quality: Very GoodFacilities: Very GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
The pool is a bit old, but has the major advantage of being 33m instead of the usual 25m. Friendly staff.
Quality: GoodFacilities: GoodService: Very Good
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
Slowest bar staff this side of the zoo's tortoise house.
Food: Very GoodDecor: GoodService: Poor - Fair
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reviewed 2 years ago