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Cameron and Clegg 'snobbish and arrogant' - these Clinton emails are the gift that keeps on giving. 
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I went to the +The Black Country Living Museum​ yesterday. It was amazing, the actors (staff) dress in period costume and really bring the story to life. Watched chains being made, learnt about the fight for the rights of women and children, and discovered the story of the very early days of the industrial revolution. http://www.bclm.co.uk/

Attached, but not related, is the +Dudley Canal Trust Ltd​, a fantastic trip through 420 million years of history. All done by boat and fantastic guide, this 45 minute trip really was a highlight. http://www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk/

If you get the chance, I would say go. 
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+Matthew Halfpenny It's still there and still pitch black! 
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Amazingly, I'm not calling for the abolition of the second chamber; in fact I believe it is vital, but let's:
1. Elect it
2. Reduce its size 
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Let's just admit it, compared to the French, we are rubbish at revolutions!
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No one ever reports the good news about London Underground staff... 74 miles, 5 teams, £20,000.
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Just saw John Sergeant filming. Guess there's another series of canal journeys coming soon... 
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+Marc M that's his enigmatic gongoozler look. 🙋
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The commodification of student housing abounds with universities inviting private developers to provide accommodation for students. 
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"This list of ills was batted aside by the planning inspector, on the grounds that the rooms' main function would be for sleeping, "due to intensive daytime activities taking place at the university campus". The lack of privacy, daylight and standard residential amenity, he therefore concluded, was "unlikely to be perceived as overly oppressive by the occupiers". Paying up to £730 per month for the privilege, students might feel differently when they move in later this year."

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2013/aug/29/carbuncle-cup-student-housing-ucl
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After Benedict's bleating last week, we have another example of the privileged minority complaining about their lot in life. Let's be honest Kate and Wills, you have absolutely no legal standing at all for your claims. If you don't want pictures taken, then stay in one of your dozens of properties, huge private estates, or spend your unimaginable wealth to isolate yourselves and your children from prying eyes. 
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+Marc M Others criticise them for doing just that.
"..the statement from the Palace is probably the most hypocritical act of guilt-trippery in the history of royal public relations.

The Royal Family publicity machine clearly knows that the British people are hungry for photos, and tries to satisfy an insatiable global curiosity by releasing a handful of photographs every few months. That’s great, although what else are they but a tease? The Palace is dangling photos in front of the Monarchy's adoring fandom, and then wondering why they swoop in for more.

If the family wants Prince George left alone, they could start by resisting the urge to send batches of images to every single media outlet on planet earth whenever he loses a tooth. They’re perpetuating global interest in the poor kid, and that interest is what goes on to fuel gross invasions of his privacy."
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/if-the-royal-family-is-upset-by-the-media-hounding-prince-george-why-are-they-feeding-the-frenzy-10456114.html
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No need for an actual person to speak to at a ticket office window - it's obvious that ABSOLUTELY NOBODY WANTS THAT. I mean, 11.15am is the middle of the rush hour after all....

"Ticket office permanently closing on 16th September." 
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+Shaun Henry Yes, I agree. However, the rhetoric from LU is that ticket offices are no longer needed/wanted because of Oyster. I can take a picture every day of ticket offices that plainly do need a manned ticket window. 
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I find it funny that a twerp like Cameron had self-entitled himself as a continuation of the Thatcherism, which we all know it was even worse than Thatcher herself.
Blair was actually worse than Thatcher, let alone her fellow party members,  hence I am still in wonder how a Labour party PM could be an even worse expression of the worst the Tories had to offer.
I am puzzled and I am sure I am not the only one that thinks that Corbyn makes sense. He has the right political and personal background to be a Labour representative, while the most of his party are a bunch of hypocrite Tory infiltrates just after money and power for themselves.
I wouldn't even consider mentioning it since I believe the above should be enough to bring a bit of common sense back within Labour party voters or working class in general but... have you read the other candidates programs and ideas? Stuff like "let's save the Madagascar otters"?
I have a lot of consideration for English people and their working class, let me remind you that English invented Socialism and have always been famous for their solidarity and sense of community.
Corbyn is a gentleman that personifies those values, I will be really disappointed if this country, after all the mistakes that have been made, will choose to stick to bankers and speculators agenda, rather than bringing politics back down to values and people, which are what makes this country great.
It's your call, I can't vote.
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Nothing wrong with the British seaside. Was absolutely lovely. 
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+Paul N Oh. Broadstairs in Kent was glorious. I always try to head for the coast when it looks like it will be hot in the city. There was a little breeze, but not enough! 
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No wonder I'm never on time.... 18.77?
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I hear ya... I remember when they brought out barcodes... You'd get to the counter and it would not scan, so you would say 'you want me to read it out for you, luv?' 'Yeah please, if you could' 'OK, thin one, fat one, thin one, thin one, fat one'... 
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Was wondering what these blue lights were for on the platforms... Now I know. Suicide prevention.

http://luxreview.com/article/2015/06/blue-lights-minimise
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If it helped in Japan, and there are signs this works here as well, every life is worth saving.
No research to back it up, but I would also make those lights gently fade up and down, in about a steady breathing rythm. Adding to the calming effect, also a focal point for people with sad thoughts. 
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