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Standing on the shoulders of giants, mostly.
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Ritual of iron-age death cult burns its logo into 73 children's faces

At least 73 pupils at a Catholic school have suffered forehead burns from ceremonial ashes applied during Mass. [...] First aid was provided and some parents took their children to emergency hospital departments.

I suspect that mixing the ash with water produced potassium hydroxide, which is, well, a bit caustic. If you get that on your skin you might want to wash it off quickly. No idea why this doesn't happen more often.

(Headline totally stolen from jwz.)
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The number of universities in England with operating deficits in 2017-18 increased to 32, compared with 24 the year before and 10 in 2015-16. Across the UK, the number reporting deficits rose to 47, compared with 40 in 2016-17.

And who are those worst off?

Reading’s income, reported to the Higher Education Statistics Agency, was £317m against total expenditure of £348m.

Other universities in England with large budget deficits included London Metropolitan and Bradford, while Robert Gordon and Queen Margaret in Scotland also posted large deficits.

Soas University of London, seen as being in considerable financial difficulty, reported income of £92m but spending of nearly £95m.
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King’s College London is to order an independent review of its security procedures after a group of students said they were singled out as troublemakers and barred from campus during a visit by the Queen.

The 10 undergraduates say they are exploring legal action against KCL after their security passes were blocked and they were unable to attend lectures or go into libraries on Tuesday morning and early afternoon.

The group say they were targeted because they are members of student political organisations, including Justice for Cleaners, which has successfully campaigned for the university to end its use of outsourced cleaners and security guards, and Action Palestine. Eight of the group are Muslim.
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The North remembers.
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Meanwhile, the Labour party is thinking about what Brexit position the Labour party might possibly have. I wish I would make this up.

On the menu, apparently:

(a) the Corbyn gambit: just forget the whole Brexit thing and start canvassing for local elections in May,
(b) the wrath of Khan: revoke Article 50,
(c) Keir's endgame: support May's deal if it includes a second referendum,
(d) the people's republic realistic unicorn option: the Norway option, but somehow special, because it would involve a customs union, but not the customs union, you see?
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Drone footage of today. Hundreds of Russians and other paid actors descended into London, moving really quickly from left to right, thus giving the impression of a large congregation.
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