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Stonehenge
Abbey Square, Amesbury, Salisbury SP4 7ES
Just to note one error in a previous review linked from the Google Maps page for Stonehenge: while it is possible to move in and out of the stones at the Solstice Managed Open Access, the conditions of entry expressly forbid climbing or standing on the stones. Full conditions of entry are visible at http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/summersolstice
Appeal ExcellentFacilities GoodService Poor - Fair
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Baroness Professor Susan Greenfield (Plus-posts passim) once again, vomiting her drivel in the national press while still not actually publishing a paper on the topic. She's pretty much given up any claim to scientific credibility with her constant lack of publishing.

I'll stop calling her an unintelligent cretin, a failure, and a thoroughly awful scientist when she publishes her results before crying to the papers.

Then again, she was useless as a scientist when I demolished her arguments in an exam in 2003....
More on Facebook from Professor Susan Greenfield. via http://www.wordforge.net/showthread.php?p=2277735 I've said if before, I will say it many times again: I simply do not understand why a serious Ox...
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From the Equality Network - please read, act and pass on. The less tolerant churches and their friends are making a seriously hard push on this.

One Last Thing…

ONE DAY

There is now just ONE DAY left until the Scottish Government’s same-sex marriage consultation closes at midnight on Friday night: http://www.equalmarriage.org.uk/consultation.php

ONE ACTION

In the last day of the equal marriage consultation drive we are asking you to take just ONE ACTION.

ONE PERSON

Between now and 12 midnight on Friday we need you to get at least ONE PERSON to respond to the consultation in favour of equal marriage.

· It could be a friend, family member, or even a work colleague.
· If everyone who has responded so far encourages just one more person to respond we would overtake our opponents’ 25,000 responses.
3. Permissions. Yes, I am responding as an individual. Yes, add me to the Equality Network mailing list for the latest news. Do you agree to your response being made available to the public? Yes No Wh...
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I can see the arguments for, as well. Politically though, it may be easier to persuade the churches to permit their celebrants who want to to carry out Same Sex Marriage (possibly avoiding schism) than to force them to compell all the celebrants.

The main plank in the "anti" campaign (once "Civil Partnership is Exactly the Same as Marriage" and "Marriage is something special that can't be diluted" have cancelled themselves out) seems to be that the churches would be compelled to carry out SSM -it's well worth kicking that one out from under!

Of course, in an ideal world whatver sort of relationship N consenting people want to have should be possible with the minimum of interference from either Church OR State....
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I have updated my lists of search engines to over 370 in 8 major and 33 minor categories. Briefly annotated them as well. There's more to life than Google! Please re-share if you think appropriate and do please use them!

http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/2011/08/370-search-engines-to-explore.html
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With +Chris Clarke's permission, I've echoed the Epic Pastiche Thread Of Doom (https://plus.google.com/u/0/100562415844382241634/posts/6khPiou6BXL) onto Making Light.

That way more people can see the crazy fun madness that went on here yesterday. Maybe even join in.
July 29, 2011. The soft and unmistakable sound of a gauntlet landing on the dusty ground Posted by Abi Sutherland at 02:41 PM * 0 comments. One of my real pleasures1 on Google+ has been interacting wi...
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Local councillors have voted against their own leader to force a study into the effects of the proposed wind farm. - not quite sure who's more stupid, the councillors or those who voted them in!
The proposed development is 10.2 miles away from Bournemouth, 8.2 miles away from Peverill Point near Swanage and 8.4 miles away from The Needles, Isle of Wight. If lucky and the weathers right, you might be able to see them, but it's very unlikely you'll be able to hear them!
So if interested, you can show your support of them by 'liking' the facebook page below!
In support of the Bournemouth offshore Windfarm | Facebook
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...plus bonus Narwhals
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Narwhals, Narwhals, Narwhals, Narwhals :-)
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Good wine, they say, needs no bush - and the same goes for good beer. So that's me giving up on Bushmills
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Whats really worrying about this is that Diageo just sort of said "it shouldn't have happened"  The people at the awards ceremony must have had the approval and support of the management, they can't have been acting alone so Diageo were complicit in the whole thing and are "sorry" only because they got caught.
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Two new (to me, anyway) versions of Dinner for One:

Dinner for One - Lego-Version

Fondue for One
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Surely even tories wouldn't do this? And the Lib Dem,s should be truly ashamed!
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What wonderful times we live in.

"Instead, cancer patients on chemotherapy in hospitals will now have to prove that they are too sick to work"
Report to MPs recommends medical tests and 'back to work' interviews for thousands undergoing treatment
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So a cancer patient has to show up in the MP's office and puke on his desk to get approval to take the necessary time off to recover from chemotherapy.  Seems appropriate.
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Thanks to +Thorfinn Tertius for posting this which describes a lot of things that aren't true about names. Beware of the comments though - the privilege level is pretty scary.
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Two things strike me about this: first the number of developers in the comment thread who not only just don't get it, but who go on the attack: the systems need to be able to cope with all sorts of names, not for the sake of the Special Snowflakes, but so that unexpected inputs won't crash it for everyone else....

The other thing, of course, is that a name is a damn' useless identifier, but an excellent label - it should be saved as input and printed straight out again where necessary, but in terms of keying into someone's data, then all sorts of things are better - unique email addresses, for example.

And of course applying this to Google Plus: they already have a unique identifier for each user - the email address with which they signed up.
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I'm really and truly beginning to think that the folk that don't get the reasons why online psudonyms are a good thing are either fools or knaves - http://geekfeminism.org/2011/07/08/anti-pseudonym-bingo/
Anti-pseudonym bingo. 2011 July 8. tags: bingo, Google, identity, pseudonymity. by Mary. People testing the Google+ social network are discussing increasing evidence that, terms of service requirement...
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I take on board what you are saying Steve. But a name IS a legally defined object. Whether that should be is another matter. Look at the declaration inside a book. The 'right of an author ....' is in the authors 'real' name no matter how well known the other is, because any legal rights have to appertain to the real name. Pen names on books are not legally names.

The false name arguments is mostly being perpetrated by people who do not wish their real name to be traceable at all. The I have a right to be anonymous group.

But if you follow your line Steve, in order to sue you for libel I would first have to serve legal notice in the USA on Google to find out your real identity. Possibly then serve notice in an ISP in some third country to verify the name. As soon as you allow any sort on anonymity on the net you drag up problems. If you are not posting under your real name how am I supposed to find out your real name?

Whether Google is competent in trying to enforce their policy is another matter entirely. The lack of a sensible review system is idiotic of them. But in using a Google product you are entering into a legal contract with Google, under US law. If you use a false name you are invalidating the contract and Google owe you nothing. They are perfectly within their right to insist on the 'contract' name being your profile name.

As for the needing to hide argument, it is really a red herring. For between 30 and 300 pounds I can trace anybody resident in the UK. If they have changed their name on all their legal documentation it can take several weeks, but it can be done. Slightly harder in the USA because it is easier to assume other peoples identities there, and to live 'off the grid'.

If you are a dissident in China, OK. But in the UK? So why hide your identity. So that you can break your contract of employment by slagging off the boss and the company you work for?

There are very valid reasons for not allowing false names. If you want to allow false names then please suggest how I can have access to a cheap and easy way of finding out your real identity. If I was a 13 year old girl please provide me with a way of verifying that the nice boy I met on line is actually a real 15 year old and not a 40 year old pedophile.

Breastfeeding support sites are plagued by sick men pretending. Or fundamentalist Xtians posting abuse. Real names would provide fast and effective remedies.

I could go on. For every argument you have for allowing false names, I have equally valid ones for not allowing them. Can you actually address them?

I do see your arguments Steve (even most of Jette's). But I do not agree that they are more valid than the arguments against.

Perhaps this is a subject that we will never find common ground on. I certainly am not going to counter protest or hinder in any way anybodies right to protest to Google. But being against Google's policy is not the view of all of us, and I doubt more than a small minority actually feel strongly enough to care.
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I'm torn - I really like this hotel, but it's not incredibly large and I don't want to find I can't get a room anymore when I'm over for a beer festival Seriously, as a hotel it's fairly basic: "cheap and cheerful" you might say. Pretty basic rooms, with shared toilet/showers, and a fairly idiosyncratic breakfast (bacon omelette, which you can also have without either bacon or omelette, bread and jam, and coffee you could stand a spoon in). You can get in and out any time between 8am?) and 4am (when the bar closes). BUT the bar is excellent. Sure, there's international mass-market stuff if you must, but check the guest taps, and the truly amazing range of bottled beers....
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