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I'm all for making sure that Politicians' expenses are kept in rein, but this feels like a witchhunt.

13k for two people to travel to Australia, travel around and come home? Sounds about right to me.

And all the London charges - sure, they sound high, until you've had to deal with the ridiculous "preferred" taxi operators commonly used by corporations in London.  And lets be honest - for this man's time, when Parliament doesn't run without him - are we really going to quibble over the odd cab fare?
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow defends claiming £31,400 in annual accommodation and travel expenses amid criticism.
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That and the right wing thoroughly hates Bercow, so misses no opportunity to throw a kick at him. Given that the Speaker is effectively the CEO of Parliament these figures seem fairly reasonable to me - certainly if they were compared with someone running a similarly sized organisation in the private sector.
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Battery electric vehicles will cost the same to build as cars running internal combustion in a few years. That seems logical, as economies of scale improve, but still pretty impressive we're at this point so soon.
And automakers are using those economies of scale to jump into stationary storage.
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There are other battery types available too though. Like lead silicate and Nickel metal hydride.
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YES. Yes yes yes yes yes. A thousand times yes. 
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I'm fairly certain by this point, many of you have seen the news reports vilifying Google and Ingress for portals in historic locations that people are finding offensive...mainly concentration camps. To say that only one side of the story is being written is an understatement. Here is another perspective...

First and foremost, Google didn't "send" anybody, anywhere. These portals were submitted by players, for players to voluntarily CHOOSE to go to. Furthermore, the players that typically submit these types of portals are doing so for their historic value. Let me be more specific: Different people preserve history in different ways. Has anyone bothered to ask how many more people now have an awareness of a history that they previously never considered?

The more time that passes, the less and less people remember. In today's day and age of technology, younger generations are largely unimpressed with things that do not come to them via their laptops, internet or, in this case, their smartphones. 

I have spoken to Holocaust survivors and their family members over the years.  Growing up, my next door neighbors were a German and Polish Jewish couple who survived the concentration camps.  The vast majority of them do not care how they are remembered, only that they not be forgotten.

+The Independent​​, to say that "Google sent players to concentration camps to play" is not only grossly inaccurate reporting, but it is also a LIE. As a journalist, +Andrew Griffin​​, you have a responsibility to learn the facts and report on them accordingly-without your personal spin involved in an attempt to make Google or Ingress out to be bad entities. Ask the Ingress players who went to these places what they walked away with. Ask them what they now know and have learned as a result of them going to these concentration camps. Has anyone bothered to contact the players that submitted the portals?  Is it possible they themselves may be survivors, or related to survivors, and this is how they choose to be memorialized?

If I'm not mistaken, the goal of the curators of these camps is to preserve history and raise awareness of the struggles of people who have come before. Like it or not, that must now include exposure to digital media.  Ingress isn't about just "playing a game", it is about connecting the world through unique places, interactive events, and historical sites. It is about learning the story of these sites, remembering the history, cataloging the past for the present and future generations. Perhaps if people were to take a step back and set aside their indignation (which is further fueled by irresponsible articles such as the one written by Mr. Griffin), they would realize that the individuals who submitted these portals have the same goals in mind as the curators of these places: preserve history, share the story, raise awareness. I promise you that NOT ONCE did it occur to them when submitting these that,  "Hey cool! A concentration camp!  What an awesome place this would be to play!" 
It was probably more like, "People need to see this. There's a story here, a history. We need to share this with the world." 

Interestingly enough, when you take a peek at the website moderated by these curators, http://www.aushwitz.org, you will see many of the same pictures that were turned into "portals".  These pictures all tell the same story, it's just being done in different ways.  As a newer generation, I apologize on behalf of all my peers that our way of identifying and remembering history offends you, but you're missing the bigger picture....

We are the generation that will need to carry the history forth. We are the generation that will remind the generations that follow using digital media that they can relate to.  We not only tried to do so with pictures and detailed descriptions of the history, but with specific GPS coordinate positions to their exact locations....something that their very own website does not even do.

In closing, for those of us who are involved in Ingress, it is so much more than what others minimalize as "a game". It is our way to record history, interact with others who might be able to show us a new place or location that we never thought of exploring, and most of all, our way to learn the history of places that are quickly becoming forgotten.

See you on the field of history...

Sincerely,
An Ingresser

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/googleowned-ingress-game-sent-players-to-concentration-camps-to-take-part-10361551.html

http://www.zeit.de/zeit-magazin/leben/2015-07/ingress-smartphone-game-google-niantic-labs-nazis-concentration-camp

+Tillmann Prüfer​​ +The Independent​​​ +ZEIT ONLINE​​ 

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Unbelievable tennis #heatherwatson   #wimbledon2015  

Serena showed why she is the champion she is, but Heather was sensational - amazing grit and never-say-die attitude.
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Awesome stuff about being a parent: unlearning. 

I know how to write. But I'm Right-Handed. Tom is Left-Handed. 

Wow, is it different. It's amazing how much he has taught me (and how much I still need to learn). 

I already noticed that Tom holds the pen much higher up, so he can see over what they've already written. His grip is also different to mine (though according to www.lefthandedchildren.org I still need to help him out on it). Smudging will always be a problem (because he's always moving his hand over what he's just written), but super fast drying inks will help with that. 

And as for other things - its amazing how many things are so much harder in the other hand. I don't want to go all Ned Flanders, but it's amazing how hard some every-day objects are to use left-handed (scissors etc). 

This is something Tom will easily learn to cope with, as left-handers have for years, but it's a great reminder of how different the most simple tasks are when you put just the slightest twist on them from your "norm". 
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Gets me every time. Though still not figured out if this was the beginning of the end, or the end of the beginning. [Admittedly "Parisian Love" https://goo.gl/249b1W came first, but it was different somehow].  
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Are you guys eating cake? I like cake. Bwaaaawk. 
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no, we're having scrambled eggs...
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I swear, this year, we're going to beat the birds and actually pick our peaches when they're ready and not over-ripe...
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There's a peach tree 😋 ? I've missed out on that ! 😟
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I love our new Chromebox setup in the kitchen.

It's replacing an old iMac that basically couldn't even run a browser any more. 

I was just going to replace it with a new iMac. Then the new Google Photos launched, and I decided I didn't really need iPhoto, iMovie or photo editing software any more. At that point I couldn't justify spending 1600+ GBP on a computer that would spend 99% of its time running a browser. 

Instead, I spent 400 GBP on an HP Chromebox and lovely Samsung monitor to go with it, and couldn't be happier. It looks great, and I love using it in Portrait mode. Awesome / thrifty WIN!
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Have you received calls from people claiming to work for or with Google, typically with some type of sales pitch about updating, improving, or finalizing Google listings?
Hopefully you hung up on them.

http://andrij.co/blog/google-is-not-calling
Beware of calls from people claiming to work for or with Google. Chances are you are about to be scammed.
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We saw the Alice in Wonderland kids version of the show, and loved it. It was just the right mix of fun / silliness / jeopardy for our 4 and 6 year olds. Very well acted, very well put-together. I'd love to go back to the adult version.
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Amazing location. Perfect for families and couples visiting London. Studio rooms are perfect for families, with two separate (though not physically separated or soundproofed) sleeping areas, and a kitchenette. Iconic View studios and suites probably have some of the best views in all of London, especially the Duplex Suites which are truly stunning. Communal areas of the hotel are very well kept, rooms are starting to fray around the edges just a little - but that's fine given the 4 star rating and very accessible pricing. The gym is good. Spa is average. Swimming pool is small for the size of hotel, and quickly gets crowded especially if there are lots of families. At the same time, finding a hotel with a swimming pool in central london at this price is a bonus - so consider it on those terms and you won't be disappointed. Overall, this is now our default choice for family weekend stays in London (which we do ~monthly). Park Plaza County Hall over the road is almost as good, but lacks the swimming pool and views.
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Nice gastropub food downstairs, with more of a fine-dining menu and feel upstairs, though still fairly casual. The bar can get very busy, even on weeknights - testament to the fact that there's not really very much else around, despite it being an affluent area with lots of offices nearby.
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Stupidly we ate here at 6pm on a bank holiday monday. Even still, I won't be back. I should have known better, and avoided the area entirely - but here we were, the kids were hungry, and the queues at Wagamama and Giraffe were too long to contemplate. The food was thrown together, it felt like in the rush they'd given up on quality control or portioning. The kids menu felt like they were trying to cram in too many elements within a price, but none of them actually worth it. The adult meals were massively disappointing. I know it's a chain, but chains can do so much better. We eat at Pizza Express pretty regularly, and I've never felt it drop in quality when things got busy the way I felt it drop here. That said, this was nothing to do with the staff - who were doing a good job. It was pure and simple a management failure, and that's partly the problem of a venue that caters to a captive market (people going to shows at Southbank) and non-returning visitors (Southbank tourists). As neither of those, though, we certainly won't be back to this restaurant, and we won't be visiting another Strada any time soon.
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Good location for tourists. My room was small but beautifully appointed and very recently renovated. Great gym and swimming pool (albeit could be busy as it's also a regular members gym). I found it very odd that there was no bellman on the door when I arrived - not only that but I (and several others) had to buzz for entry - it was only 11pm. Not a great first impression: that's the sort of thing I'd expect of one of the 2 star places around Victoria, not a 5 star carrying the Waldorf brand. But overall, a good choice if the price is right.
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