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Good to see Burnham fighting the good fight.
The full truth about Hillsborough policing will not be known until there is complete transparency over Orgreave, the Shadow Home Secretary says.
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Lengthy but interesting (and occasional gently amusing) history of female involvement in 'gaming' back to the early twentieth-century.
How Dungeons & Dragons Opened Up Games for Women
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Fascinating read.
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"One great advantage of psilocybin is that it's hard to spell and just doesn't get the negative publicity."

It's funny because it's sad because it's true.
Some researchers believe psychedelic drugs could be used to treat depression and addiction. But will 1960s stigmas stand in the way?
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"If Parliament consisted of people who had the simplest possible personal finances, perhaps all having come through the public sector with no questions of business ownership or dividends... then you would have a very one dimensional Parliament."

Good point: it would be a shame if a tiny % of MPs didn't represent the tiny % of the population who use offshore tax havens to manage their wealth.  That would be 'unfair'.  But I have a sneaking suspicion that, just maybe, that demographic is over-represented currently... 

Plus, fuck off with your false dichotomy: the real world isn't made up of people who work in the public sector vs people who have complex tax arrangements - most people who work in the private sector aren't, in fact, millionaire tax avoiders but perfectly normal PAYE contributors.  I'm not surprised that a senior Tory doesn't really consider the existence of people below CEO level though...
Greater tax transparency among UK political leaders is here to stay but it needs to be matched by a maturity of public debate, ex-Tory leader William Hague says.
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Indeed; the 'mask' is slipping a bit at times.  Alan Duncan, even by Tory standards, managed to exceed expectations:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/panama-papers-sir-alan-duncan-mp-speaking-in-defence-of-david-cameron-critcised-for-decrying-low-a6979826.html
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So here's an article that at once contains interesting information yet singularly misses the point of it.

Who cares that Cameron appointed someone to run tax collection for the UK who once had a tenuous association with the Cameron family's tax affairs?  That's pretty flimsy, right?

Now by contrast, who cares that Cameron appointed someone to run tax collection for the UK who once described tax as "legalised extortion" and who led efforts to campaign against stronger powers for HMRC?

The later seems a much stronger, more pertinent story: you don't need to imply corrupt and seedy goings-on when, in fact, the plain and open truth is that Cameron appointed a head of HMRC who believe that taxation is obligatory only insofar as you can't avoid it.  In other words, someone who has the best interests of the Tories and their big-money supporters at heart ... no need for corruption, he really believes in the stuff they want him to do ...
Edward Troup is former partner at legal practice Simmons & Simmons whose clients included Panama-registered fund created by prime minister’s father
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Although yes, if we could start a culture of charitable giving to HMRC then that would be great of course.
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One of my downstairs neighbours is opining that she's no longer married to the man she married. Said man is opining contrariwise but not quite enunciating clearly enough for me to be able to discern the nature of his reposte. Not everyone is having a fun Saturday, I sense.
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I may have beautified it somewhat.
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Bruce Springsteen, Brian Adams, Ringo Starr: interesting that the artists who are cancelling gigs in protest at discriminatory laws in certain US States are all ... OLD!  Maybe no younger artists have gigs in these states; maybe no younger artists give a shit; it's weird.  

None of them, to my knowledge, have much of a track record on 'social issues' (Bruce supports a lot of homeless/veterans charities, but that's hardly the same thing!)  But something about these laws has caused a stir in them, it seems.  I wonder how much further it might go...
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The way this year is going, it wouldn't surprise me if at least one or more of those didn't have too many gigs left. :(
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Gone but not forgotten, as is the way of the cult classic actor.
Blake's 7 actor Gareth Thomas has died from heart failure aged 71. Gareth played Blake in the hit science fiction series on BBC which ran from the 1978 to 1981. A statement on the...
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Interesting (if sadly unsurprising) bit of work:
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13th Age!

Has anyone played this system?  I hear good things about it from people who maybe should be solid sources but whose TT 'style' I know nothing about.  I also hear words like 'd20' and 'level' and they make me vomit a little bit, so there's that.

So, is it the totes amazballs future of fantasy storytelling epicness, or is it D&D with a few 'modern bits'?

EDIT: a little more research tells me that it really does look like D&D.  But with a few curious additional quirks like 'One Unique Thing'.  Apparently the basic rules are availible free, which I sense reflects my level of interest in it given these revelations.
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I really like "Fail Forwards" as a concept.
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+Kali G has indirectly reminded me that my desire to go to Venice is in no way reduced by the possibility of visiting the Doge's Palace.  
Excite.  Such tourist.  Many history.  Wow.
Maybe next year!
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A complete Stewart Lee show, that I haven't seen anywhere else.  Some familiar stuff, but plenty of new bits too.  Hilarious as ever.
+Richard Mines - worth a look if you have a moment: get the spawn eased in to Jam.
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I don't think I did, but can't be sure at this point. So many Stewart Lees, so little time...
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