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Philip Blain
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"Forty years ago, when deference was not yet dead and the governing classes had not yet discredited themselves through, among other things, an economic crash, an expenses scandal and a despised war, the mere fact of consensus was persuasive. ....To be an outsider in 1975, a Benn or a Powell, made you unreliable and eccentric. Now it makes you a fearless truth-teller, uniquely deserving of trust."
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So should I as a teacher then be allowed to choose who I teach? I think not...
 
Marks & Spencer apologises after saying Muslim staff may refuse to serve customers pork and alcohol

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Always nice to hear some good news at Christmas...
 
Christmas comes early: Justin Bieber announces he's 'retiring from music'

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As expected, Germany's Constitutional Court today took another step towards granting full equality for gay and lesbian couples who have entered a civil partnership - and delivered a slap in the face to Angela Merkel and her cohorts in the conservative CDU and CSU parties. A good day for equality! 
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America's culture wars cross the Atlantic and unite old foes in Northern Ireland. It's a queer old world. 
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When fashion really is to die for: The tragedy of the factory collapse in Bangladesh once again highlights what happens when emerging economies compete in an ever-downward spiral of lower production costs to satisfy the rich world's demand for cheap clothing. The Clean Clothes Campaign is trying to do something to improve conditions for the vulnerable workers in these sweatshops.
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Unfortunately I still cannot view footnotes made in Word when I open the document in Kingsoft Office. Am I doing something wrong or is this simply not possible? I really need this feature; without it, I'll have to stick with the otherwise outdated Documents to Go. 
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Page size doesn't make a difference, Mike. Thanks to the Kingsoft team for your response. It would be great to have this feature some day!
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What am I doing back on G+? Must have way too much time on my hands... 
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This would never have happened on G+. They're bound to have a tie-in with Google Maps that warns you about the end of piers.
 
A woman has had to be rescued after walking off a Melbourne pier while checking Facebook on her phone. If you have an embarrassing story of using your phone, you can share your experience with us here: http://bbc.in/1bP6EPd

Police said the woman, who couldn't swim, had managed to keep hold of her phone "throughout the entire ordeal". They urged people to pay more attention when using social media around water.
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Why, in politics, the street still beats the tweet. 
Forget Field Marshal Twitter. What scares rulers like Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan are the street's wild squadrons
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Some good news for all of us who've been signing petitions in the wake of the Bangladesh fire tragedy. Let's hope the other big names in the industry follow suit. 
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Why banging on about immigration may not help British Tories as much as they think. 
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  • inlingua Augsburg
    English Language Teacher, 1988 - present
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Born and raised in Northern Ireland, studied in England, live and work in Germany
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Equally at home speaking English or German; just don't ask me to prove that I once studied French...
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  • Christ's College, Cambridge
    Modern Languages, 1984 - 1988
  • Coleraine Academical Institution
    1977 - 1984
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