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Just spreading the word about this. It's a web-based application for people who want or need information read out to them - It's called Narro

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Fight Repeal Of Fox Hunting Ban
From a Telegraph article of 6th March: "The Prime Minister has pledged to give MPs a free vote on whether to repeal the Hunting Act if the Tories win the election. "People in the countryside must have “the freedom to hunt”, David Cameron has said, as he bac...
From a Telegraph article of 6th March: "The Prime Minister has pledged to give MPs a free vote on whether to repeal the Hunting Act if the Tories win the election. "People in the countryside must have “the freedom to hunt”, D...
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How's this for minimalist design? 
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Relaxing at the V&A - story here >> http://photographworks.me/2015/04/25/relaxing-at-the-va/
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On the radio yesterday I happened to hear a few minutes of the interview with one of the archaeologists - and didn't expect to have this land in my inbox:

"Our stone tool discovery pushes back the archaeological record by 700,000 years"
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Cameron On Fox Hunting:

He said that the act “has done nothing for animal welfare” and that he shares “the frustration” about the hunting ban.”

He has a strange idea of animal welfare – ripped apart by dogs is OK, apparently.
May 18, 2015 by Alien | Uncategorized · Foxes Face Hunt Repeal. From a Telegraph article of 6th March: “The Prime Minister has pledged to give MPs a free vote on whether to repeal the Hunting Act if the Tories win the election. “People in the countryside must have “the freedom to hunt”, ...
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Yes, and it's worrying that it might pass as a show of support for the Government. Then it won't be a conscience vote - it'll be a political vote.
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Is there a way for I as a user to increase the length of the visible lines of text in comments throughout G+ that appear before the 'read more'? If there isn't, then - 'Dear Google, please provide the option, because when I find a series of posts from people worth reading (e.g. +Wayne Radinsky) I spend more time opening up longer comments than is comfortable.  
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And the neatest thing I saw in London - maybe you have to know the back-story about UK supermarkets and 'cash-on-premises' to get this?
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Find me at  FLYING TWIGS greeting card publishing company

And at Quillcards ecard company

Visions Of The Future
It will be a Tuesday, around 11am. He (or 'she') will get up from his desk and walk out because he isn't going to do this any more. He will walk out onto the street. He will be struck by how strongly he feels that he is going to do this.

He is going to stop the merry-go-round of the office and this way of doing things. He sees the whole structure and he isn't going to be part of it. There has to be a better way.

He feels slightly dazed, but his heart pounds when he reaches the street and finds that many, many people are there, standing like he is standing, drinking it in.

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My favourite quote is a long one - so if you are looking for something short and catchy, you might want to skip this.

The quote is from Isaiah Berlin's 1957 Herbert Samuel lecture on Chaim Weizman, in which Berlin said:

“Weizman had all his life believed that when great public issues are joined one must above all take sides; whatever one did, one must not remain neutral or uncommitted, one must always - as an absolute duty - identify oneself with some living force in the world, and take part in the world’s affairs with all the risk of blame and misrepresentation and misunderstanding of one’s motives and character which this almost invariably entails.

Consequently .. he (Weizman) called for no compromise, and denounced those who did. He regarded with contempt the withdrawal from life on the part of those to whom their personal integrity, or peace of mind, or purity of ideal, mattered more than the work upon which they are engaged and to which they were engaged and to which they were committed, the artistic, or scientific, or social, or political, or purely personal enterprises in which all men are willy-nilly involved.

He did not condone the abandonment of ultimate principles before the claims of expediency or of anything else; but political monasticism - a search for some private cave of Adullam to avoid being disappointed or tarnished, the taking up of consciously utopian or politically impossible positions, in order to remain true to some inner voice, or some unbreakable principle too pure for the wicked public world - that seemed to him a mixture of weakness and self-conceit, foolish and despicable.”
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Bragging rights - I have a small collection of decibel readings for hand dryers in public restrooms - and a photo of the noisiest hand dryer I have found so far.
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Downstairs, tiny and cramped. And that's the reason for a mere three stars. I have walked down the stairs a couple of times to find it full up. That's easily done because it has very few seats. The coffee is OK but then Edinburgh has a plethora of places that do good coffee. I fail to see the attraction of the place though others seem to like it.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The coffee is OK and they do nice scones. The table seats are vaguely uncomfortable and the tables are small. There are other more laid back seats but they are quickly taken up. A good enough place for a coffee but nothing special.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The first part of the cafe/restaurant where you enter and where there are little tables where you can have coffee and a cake, is quite narrow and hemmed in. Parallel to the tables there's a long counter with a rich-looking selection of food. But go through to the restaurant behind. It's one big room with huge windows that look our over the castle. The tables are all quirky and different shapes and sizes, so the place feels easy going. 'Save the elephants' is the theme of the paintings and posters on the walls. My wife tells me that the walls of the Ladies' toilet are covered with messages to J K Rowling thanking her for her books. The Gents' toilet is a bit more prosaic. Staff are friendly and the food is OK. It isn't brilliant but it's definitely good enough as a place to go for lunch.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
A feeling that all is well with the world comes over me as soon as I step across the threshold at John Lewis. All right, and slightly repressed. it's well laid out with plenty of room for us shoppers - no crowding in as many display stands as possible at John Lewis. But somehow it lacks excitement. It's not the WH Smith of the stationery world - there are good greeting cards and booklets and pens - but just not anything that pumps up the heart rate. Same with the luggage selection and the briefcases and shoulder bags - some very good quality bags - but just a bit staid. Ah, the camera and laptop section is better than that. And when you want to buy something that might go wrong in a year or two - the John Lewis extended guarantee is enough to tip you into a purchase (actually, it was enough to tip me into a purchase). The cafe on the top floor - The Place to Eat - has a lovely view onto the Firth of Forth - a lovely view but lunatic windows that slope away so that you can't get within twenty feet of them to really look out over the Forth. The food is a constant disappointment. Could they not be a bit more adventurous? Overall, a pleasure - a slightly muted pleasure, but a pleasure.
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Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago
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There's nowhere else like it in Edinburgh. Apart from books on subjects you expect, there is more. If you are looking for anything vaguely textbookish, or some piece of equipment for map reading, or for studying medicine, or a myriad of other things - then this is the shop. It is much, much bigger inside than it looks from the outside. Remember to pick up a loyalty card.
Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The herd is out on the hills. We went in mid April and it was cold on the hill with the wind sweeping across, so dress warmly. The journey from the centre to the hill is by car in a convoy. You park your car by the side of the road, go in to the centre and pay, then wait in the car until the car from the Centre comes out and takes the lead in a convoy to a car park up the valley. From the car park it is a walk down into a valley and across a bridge over a stream and then up on to the hill. There are photos and a history of the herd in the Centre where you pay - and you can learn about the reindeer. Next to the Centre there are several rooms with much more detail about the herd and its history. There are also two or three reindeer there - or there were when we went. As the guide explained, reindeer - or at least this herd of reindeer - are like sheep in that they are hefted to the hill - they don't need a fence to keep them in because that bit of the hill is their territory and they get everything they need there. So it's more or less guaranteed that you will see the herd and be able to wander in among them. The guide - if I recall correctly she is the daughter of the woman who started the Centre - was very knowledgeable and we asked lots of questions about diet and life cycle etc. and she was happy to answer everything. So, bottom line is that it was great and leaves happy memories.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago
The view across to the Sage complex and the Baltic Flour Mill against the run of the river and the bridges (so many bridges) makes this a worthwhile place to stand and stare. Newcastle is not the most beautiful city in England (oh no) but the area around the Quayside is the most attractive bit.
Public - 9 months ago
reviewed 9 months ago