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Film Industry:

Director Andrea Arnold 'shocked' by lack of women in film - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37551382

News:

Syria conflict: Life under siege in rebel-held Aleppo - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37561618

Politics:

Megan Rapinoe - Why I Am Kneeling - https://www.theplayerstribune.com/megan-rapinoe-why-i-am-kneeling/ Although this could go under sport just as easily.

How Hong Kong's Cantopop scene went from heartbreak to protest - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-37111554 Which could go under music.

Science:

Chasing the Sun: The woman forgotten by science - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37496677

Sport:
Football:

Tottenham Hotspur player receives damages for suffering brain damage - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37541121

Sparta Prague: Players to train with women's team after 'sexist' comments -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37558116 This may be the definition of 'I see what you were trying to do but'.
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Economics:

The Real Cost of Fast Fashion - https://www.buzzfeed.com/saraspary/these-asos-workers-are-paying-the-true-price-of-your-order?utm_term=.cyOe4kYOA#.xpdW0N15b

Ford and other firms to miss Paris Motor Show - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37486174

Healthcare:

Young women at 'highest mental health risk' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37504679

History:

World War Two spy's row with wife 'almost ruined D-Day' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37483023

Miscellaneous:

The reality of life as a disabled clubber - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37383822

US presidents can have everything - except the car keys - http://www.smh.com.au/world/us-presidents-can-have-everything--except-the-car-keys-20140506-zr5we.html

A world without Down's syndrome? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37500189

What's it like to be the child of a survivor? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37434266

Teesside's last blast furnace closure made men cry - what happened next? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37488281

Journalist Noor Tagouri to become first Muslim to appear in Playboy with a hijab -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37483996/journalist-noor-tagouri-to-become-first-muslim-to-appear-in-playboy-with-a-hijab

Eight times Terry Wogan made us cry with laughter -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2pWR5yl7srfqNWYHwHj0Nsq/eight-times-terry-wogan-made-us-cry-with-laughter

Why the story of body-swapping teenagers has gripped Japan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37469662

Counterfeit drugs: 'People are dying every day' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37470667

News:

Colombia Farc ceasefire: The man who photographed a little-pictured war - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37494029

California ends statute of limitations for rape over Cosby case - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37504919

Thai women take dip in the road in pothole protest - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-37485461

Syria war: The toy smuggler bringing bags of joy to children - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37481761

Will and Kate's Canada tour highlights First Nations fury - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37489827

Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi: The vandal of Timbuktu - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-37438360

South Asia's 'disposable women' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37472233

Politics:

The transgender Republican trying to change her party - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37256151

Science:

Hawaiian bees are first on US endangered species list - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37530284

First 'three person baby' born using new method - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37485263

Sport:

Football:

Arsene Wenger's 20 years at Arsenal: An imperfect love story - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/premier-league/2015-2016/arsene-wenger-s-20-years-at-arsenal-an-imperfect-love-story_sto5883781/story.shtml

Arsene Wenger's 20 years at Arsenal: How will he be judged? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37408155

Golf:

Arnold Palmer: How golfer defined sports marketing - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37472934

Technology:

Customers 'bewildered and fearful' about use of their data - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37476335
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Architecture:

Italy earthquake: Why so many houses collapsed - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37522660

Healthcare:

Frank Pantridge, the 'father of emergency medicine' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-37540915

James Lind: The man who helped to cure scurvy with lemons - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37320399

The hidden trauma of being torn during childbirth - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37506001

Miscellaneous:

10 Bars at the End of the World - http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/essential-guide-to-bars-at-the-end-of-the-world Should it worry me that I have been to one, and past another.

Humans: Unusually Murderous Mammals, Typically Murderous Primates -
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/humans-are-unusually-violent-mammals-but-averagely-violent-primates/501935/

Will Brexit be a boon for tourists? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37349820

Do the clothes we wear define us? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-37488811

Plastic bag charge: Could fee be applied to other packaging? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37504109

The magpie that saved a family - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37519032

Louis Theroux: Looking back on Jimmy Savile - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37517619

Languages:

What a stupid Scrabble article taught me about Welsh - https://medium.com/@1ngi/what-a-stupid-scrabble-article-taught-me-about-welsh-bc4f315490c9

Music:

A summer with Blossoms: 150 gigs, 45 festivals and two weeks at number one -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37493716/a-summer-with-blossoms-150-gigs-45-festivals-and-two-weeks-at-number-one

Politics:

Whistle-blower who took on Spain's ruling elite - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37543182

Why Our Wonderful NHS Is So Close To My Heart - http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-serwotka/nhs-conservative-party_b_12329644.html?1475586040&

Science:

Right Hand, Left Hand, Either Hand - http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/09/28/right-hand-left-hand-either-hand Containing one of the best explanations of chirality I have ever read.

Sport:

Daniel Wilkinson death: 'Too many are being lost to cardiac issues' - experts -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37347490

Cycling:

Rio Olympics 2016: Dutch cyclist Annemiek van Vleuten on horror crash -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/37550889

Rugby League:

Jack Smith: Ex-Royal Marine shot on duty in 2010 becomes full-time RFL referee -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37551996

Technology:

Is the world wide web a waste of water? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37471911
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Archaeology:

He was murdered 1,400 years ago - http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/murdered-1400-years-ago/

Food:

Around the World in Pancakes - http://www.seriouseats.com/2015/05/pancakes-around-the-world.html

History:

Laws and Original Order - https://www.foiman.com/archives/2437

We've been using the Gregorian calendar for 434 years. It’s still bizarre. -
https://www.vox.com/2016/10/4/13147306/434th-gregorian-calendar-anniversary-google-doogle

Where are the blue plaques for black and Asian people? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37450922

Blundeston Prison: Inside Reggie Kray's old prison cell - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37449347

Languages:

Maltese Phrases You Just Can't Translate
- https://lovinmalta.com/malta/maltese-phrase-you-cannot-translate At least in part because I love the sub-title 'Well, you can... but you'll sound crazy.'

Miscellaneous:

Life on the road as a female lorry driver - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37236082

M6/A38: Why so many road works into Birmingham? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37473710

The MI5 spy who saved children from a UK bomb attack - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37504999

Operation Julie: How I infiltrated a drugs gang - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-37439797

Politics:

More Wealth, More Jobs, but Not for Everyone: What Fuels the Backlash on Trade - https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/business/economy/more-wealth-more-jobs-but-not-for-everyone-what-fuels-the-backlash-on-trade.html?_r=1

Science:

The leap second: why 2016 will be exactly one second longer than expected -
https://www.vox.com/2016/7/12/12148980/leap-second-2016

How We'll Tackle Diseases That Are Becoming Untreatable -
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/09/antibiotic-resistance-bacteria-disease-united-nations-health/

Sport:

What You Don't Know About Being a GM - https://www.theplayerstribune.com/jim-rutherford-what-you-dont-know-about-being-a-gm/

The NFL Is Losing to English Football in the Export Game - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-30/the-nfl-is-losing-to-english-football-in-the-export-game?utm_content=business&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&cmpid%253D=socialflow-twitter-business

Figuring out fatigue: A tired brain can hinder performance as much as a tired muscle -
https://www.si.com/edge/2016/09/27/mental-fatigue-sports-tired-athlete-brain-training-warriors-leicester-city

Motorsport:

Mercedes to enter Formula E in 2018 - http://www.eurosport.co.uk/formula-e/mercedes-to-enter-formula-e-in-2018_sto5892535/story.shtml This is big news.

Statistics:

McKenzie: The real story of how Corsi got its name - http://www.tsn.ca/talent/mckenzie-the-story-of-how-corsi-got-its-name-1.100011

Technology:

These unlucky people have names that break computers - http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160325-the-names-that-break-computer-systems Not so much her name, but my Mum once caused problems because her father's DOB was 1909 and the pulldown box at her job's HR system only went back to 1920. It was hilarious.

Links

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Architecture:

Notes from Holland - http://spacing.ca/national/2016/09/12/notes-from-holland/

Healthcare:

Illnesses associated with lifestyle cost the NHS £11bn - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37451773

The doctor who wants to make his town better - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37338995

Literature:

Seamus Heaney: A fitting home for a much-loved poet - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37439655

Miscellaneous:

Making Sense of Modern Pornography - http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/26/making-sense-of-modern-pornography

Redcar steelworks: Health fears over steelworks clean-up - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-37439583

Garbage City: The scavengers making a fortune from other people's rubbish -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37453169

Maria da Penha: The woman who changed Brazil's domestic violence laws - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37429051

One woman's lonely struggle against famine in Yemen - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37429043

Mosul: Smuggled diary reveals life of fear under IS - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-37411167

Politics:

The race for North Carolina's early votes - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37453539 From before the last US election

Can you be politically active if you have young children? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37417174

Science:

Genetically modified mosquitoes could wipe out the world's most deadly viruses. If we let them. -
http://fusion.kinja.com/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-could-wipe-out-the-worl-1793862023 I think this is excessively optimistic on the GMO animals front but interesting nonetheless.

Man v rat: could the long war soon be over? - https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/20/man-v-rat-war-could-the-long-war-soon-be-over

Sport:

Arnold Palmer obituary - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37469392

Horse racing:

Frankie Dettori: Jockey recalls 'Magnificent Seven' at Ascot 20 years on - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/37416300

Rugby:

World Rugby’s zero tolerance on head injuries is not just a pipe dream -
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2016/sep/25/world-rugby-head-injuries-sean-ingle Refers to other sports as well.

Ben Ryan: Pacific Islands becoming rugby's 'Wild West', says ex-Fiji sevens coach -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37340730 The man's got a point

Technology:

Is artificial intelligence permanently inscrutable? - http://nautil.us/issue/40/learning/is-artificial-intelligence-permanently-inscrutable

Meeting Cellebrite - Israel's master phone crackers - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37441109
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Books:

The Custodian of Forgotten Books - http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-custodian-of-forgotten-books

Business:

Silicon Valley Brits: 'We had to leave the UK behind' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37417758

Culture:

The night the clubs fell silent (for a minute) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37378138/the-night-the-clubs-fell-silent-for-a-minute

Health:

St John's Wort 'stops emergency contraceptive pill working' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37375388

History:

Broadside ballads: When the news was spread through song - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37386026

The pilot who stole a secret Soviet fighter jet - http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20160905-the-pilot-who-stole-a-secret-soviet-fighter-jet

Miscellaneous:

Solitude, Space Junk and Sea Monsters: the Eerieness of Point Nemo - http://bigthink.com/strange-maps/solitude-space-junk-and-sea-monsters-the-eerieness-of-point-nemo

The rare Afghan deer that survived wars - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-37171964

The Free-Time Paradox in America - https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/09/the-free-time-paradox-in-america/499826/

Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States? - https://priceonomics.com/why-do-tourists-visit-ancient-ruins-everywhere/ Title should be 'why do American Tourists visit ancient ruins everywhere except the United States?'

The Painstaking, Secretive Process Of Designing New Money - https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063512/the-painstaking-secretive-process-of-designing-new-money

Why Luck Plays a Big Role in Making You Rich - https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-01/why-luck-plays-a-big-role-in-making-you-rich

The village building homes for young families - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37374308

Why Americans don't take sick days - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37353742

Music:

Larry Kane: The reluctant Beatles fan - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37355216

Politics:

5 Ways Losing The Presidency Sucks Even More Than You Think - http://www.cracked.com/article_24315_5-ways-losing-presidency-sucks-even-more-than-you-think.html

Science:

Scientists reveal most accurate depiction of a dinosaur ever created -
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/sep/14/scientists-reveal-most-accurate-depiction-of-a-dinosaur-ever-created

University study will examine long-term health of rugby players - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/37362461

Grasshoppers - the new sushi? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37352190

Technology:

How do you charge your phone when the sun doesn't shine? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37257242
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Oh, you thought I was joking about the number of links ;)

Data visualisation:

A Compendium of Clean Graphs in R - http://shinyapps.org/apps/RGraphCompendium/index.php?utm_content=buffer32ead&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer Really useful R graph examples.

Food and Drink:

Sneaking a taste of North Korea's finest beer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37316967

History:

Grunwick dispute: What did the 'strikers in saris' achieve? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-37244466

Law and Order:

The terror of young offender institutions - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37291160

Miscellaneous:

The cartoonist called the 'Walt Disney of Brazil' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37284939

The man who squeezes muscles - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-6d083913-0bfb-4988-8cd8-d126fa6dcff1 Okay, so conflict of interest warning, St. Helens is one of the towns where Purple Aki used to do his muscle squeezing. I also can't help but think that if some weirdo was going round squeezing girls's muscles, the article about him would be less sympathetic.

What we know about Ri Chun-hee, the most famous woman in North Korea -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37317041/what-we-know-about-ri-chun-hee-the-most-famous-woman-in-north-korea

Grammars debate trumps expert consensus - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37315832

News:

7/7 bomber's former brother-in-law: 'There were no signs' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37324130

Politics:

Ail to the chief: A history of US presidential bad health - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election-us-2016-37338018

How Hillary Clinton can get that ‘presidential look’ -
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/wp/2016/09/07/how-hillary-clinton-can-get-that-presidential-look/?utm_term=.059f29da2fcc From before the US election. Glorious satire.

Science:

Paolo Macchiarini: A surgeon’s downfall - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37311038

Science Fiction:

What if Star Trek Had Never Existed? - https://www.wired.com/2016/09/imagining-a-world-without-star-trek/

Amy Adams takes control in Arrival movie - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37295727

Sport:

Get Inspired: Great North Run and six inspirational stories - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/get-inspired/37305963

Football:

Sylvia Gore: England women's first goalscorer dies aged 71 - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37201105

Paralympics:

Rio Paralympics 2016: Kadeena Cox aims to inspire black athletes - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37331510

Rio Paralympics: 50-year-old Kazakh woman sets new swimming record - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-37317460

Technology:

Cybathlon: World's first 'bionic Olympics' gears up - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37196860

The ultra-Orthodox Jews combining tech and the Torah - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37300929
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Today's will be in several parts because there are many and I want to leave comment/notes next to several of them.

Business:

Champions League: Why Nissan uses football for its sponsor goals - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37324069

How Zara's founder became the richest man in the world - for two days - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37317369 Ignore the title, it's more about the fast fashion industry.

Health:

10 Lies You Shouldn't Tell Your Doctor - http://gizmodo.com/10-lies-you-shouldnt-tell-your-doctor-1786332506

Miscellaneous:

New polymer £5 note is out today - here's where you're likely to see it first -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37338862/new-polymer-5-note-is-out-today---heres-where-youre-likely-to-see-it-first

How new bank notes will help the visually-impaired community -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37231241/how-new-bank-notes-will-help-the-visually-impaired-community

How verified Twitter users are connected and who they are. - https://medium.com/startup-grind/analyzing-205-718-verified-twitter-users-cf0811781ac8

How to raise a genius: lessons from a 45-year study of super-smart children - http://www.nature.com/news/how-to-raise-a-genius-lessons-from-a-45-year-study-of-super-smart-children-1.20537

Why Walking Helps Us Think - http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/walking-helps-us-think

Middle-aged parents are now more likely to smoke weed than their teenage kids -
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2016/09/02/middle-aged-parents-are-now-more-likely-to-smoke-weed-than-their-teenaged-kids/?utm_term=.54b8269ecb85

IN DEFENSE OF HOBBIES: If you want to be a better person, find something to do outside of work - https://qz.com/689526/hobbies-and-the-meaning-of-life/

Why are there crushed stones alongside rail tracks? - https://www.quora.com/Why-are-there-crushed-stones-alongside-rail-tracks

Steven Spielberg in Birmingham: Why film directors come to the city - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-37297173

Politics:

Confessions of a presidential speechwriter - http://www.politico.eu/article/ryan-heath-jose-manuel-barroso-president-travails-of-a-european-commission-speechwriter/

Cameron quits as MP: What other ex-prime ministers did next - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-37339390

Does the left have a future? - https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/sep/06/does-the-left-have-a-future?CMP=fb_gu Written before the recent election. Some points I agree with, some I disagree with.

Science:

Why Freshwater Fish Are Awesome - http://nautil.us/blog/why-freshwater-fish-are-awesome

Why Are Babies So Dumb If Humans Are So Smart? - http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/why-are-babies-so-dumb-if-humans-are-so-smart

Pioneering 'diaries' reveal the secret lives of animals - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-37311404

Science Fiction:

The Enduring Lessons of “Star Trek” - http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-enduring-lessons-of-star-trek?mbid=social_twitter

Sport:

Rugby Union:

Neil Francis: Our game needs to rid itself of heavy gang - 150kg props are a parody of the way rugby is going - http://www.independent.ie/sport/rugby/neil-francis-our-game-needs-to-rid-itself-of-heavy-gang-150kg-props-are-a-parody-of-the-way-rugby-is-going-35031393.html

Links

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Fandom:

What are the smuttiest ships? - http://witchsandwich.org/what-are-the-smuttiest-ships/

Films:

Pedro Almodovar: Why there was no room for comedy in my new film - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37176126

The best 100 films of the 21st century, according to 177 film critics around the world -
https://qz.com/764287/the-best-100-films-of-the-21st-century-according-to-177-film-critics-around-the-world/ Let the arguing begin, although the list is reasonable.

Health:

Third 'given wrong initial heart attack diagnosis' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37215768

History:

Centenary of 'Spitfires of the Seas' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-37156430

Joan of Arc’s Ring: A Question of Possession and Cultural Patrimony -
http://www.medievalists.net/2017/01/joan-arcs-ring-question-possession-cultural-patrimony/

Pocket Guide to Northern Ireland -
https://ia802703.us.archive.org/9/items/APocketGuideToNorthernIreland_781/w0051.pdf

Law:

REVERSE VOXSPLAINING: DRUGS VS. CHAIRS - http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/08/29/reverse-voxsplaining-drugs-vs-chairs/ More specifically, patent law

Law and Order:

Ramen is displacing tobacco as most popular US prison currency, study finds - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/aug/22/ramen-prison-currency-study

Cooking with ramen: Prisoners get creative - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-37164279

Two articles based on the same report.

Miscellaneous:

What parents really mean to say about exam results - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-37175844

Parents 'struggle' to find holiday care for learning disabled children - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37177967

Go-getters in the ghettos: The bright side of France's migrant suburbs - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37062048

What US counties are named after -
https://www.reddit.com/r/MapPorn/comments/4z7yj1/namesake_of_all_united_states_counties_4071x3019oc/

'London is most educated city in Europe' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37158445

Politics:

The social housing tenants miles from home - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37196770

America’s elections are less swingy

Lopsided electoral-college margins now appear to be a thing of the past -
http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2016/08/daily-chart-18?fsrc=scn/tw/te/bl/ed/ (From before the last US elections)

Science:

The woman who discovered India's first HIV cases - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37183012

United States Just Placed Bumblebees on Endangered Species List for First Time - http://millennial-review.com/2017/01/12/united-states-just-placed-bumblebees-endangered-species-list-first-time/

Read These Before You Write That Op-Ed - http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/08/30/read-these-before-you-write-that-op-ed About drug pricing

Could mouthwash combat gonorrhoea? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36765167

Sport:

Rio Paralympics: Two refugee Para-athletes named for Rio Paralympics - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/disability-sport/37194903

The Olympic Games 2016 by Tom Jenkins - https://www.theguardian.com/sport/gallery/2016/aug/22/the-olympic-games-2016-by-tom-jenkins

Football:

Leicester fans light up stadium as floodlights fail in savage storm -
http://lebuzz.eurosport.co.uk/viral/photos-leicester-fans-light-up-stadium-as-floodlights-fail-in-savage-storm-18294/

How hooligans exposed the ugly rift in Croatian football - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37190459

Celtic: Callum McGregor eager to learn Champions League opponents -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37184466 Sorry, I am a sucker from ballboy to first team stories.

Wycombe Wanderers' Matt Bloomfield: 'I knocked the ref's front teeth out' -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37163867 On the occasion of Bloomfield's 400 (!!!) game for Wycombe.

Rugby League:

Challenge Cup final: Warrington captain Chris Hill on plumbing and Wembley -
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/rugby-league/37160321

Technology:

Innovators vs Exploiters: Drug Pricing And The Future Of Pharma - https://lifescivc.com/2016/08/innovators-vs-exploiters-drug-pricing-future-pharma/

The tech helping disabled people dance, run and compete - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37174157

The Australian town that wants to get off the grid - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-37115249
redfiona99: (Default)
So I was walking round campus, and got grabbed by one of the Marxists (Trotskyite flavour) parties. Who was mildly miffed when I made the obvious Monty Python joke.

It was an eye-opening experience, because I spend my time defending the loony left, but ye gods, I now understand what they mean about useful idiots. I got all the greatest hits:

1 - Ken Livingston is not an anti-Semite.
2 - al-Assad would never gas his own people.
3 - Chavez and Castro weren't real socialists.
4 - Violent revolution is required
5 - Black Lives Matter is a capitalist smokescreen to increase inter-ethnic tension.
6 - The break up of Yugoslavia was due to the imperialistic forces of the West and Russia
7 - The patent system is a great evil, a capitalist monopoly of ideas.
8 - Lincoln and Jefferson were intrinsically socialist in ideals.

Links

Apr. 23rd, 2017 08:03 pm
redfiona99: (Default)
Film:

Honorary Oscar for British 'trailblazer' editor Anne V Coates - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-37965986

Politics:

THE MYTHS DEMOCRATS SWALLOWED THAT COST THEM THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION - http://www.newsweek.com/myths-cost-democrats-presidential-election-521044

Television:

An Oral History of 'Spaced' - https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/oral-history-of-spaced-simon-pegg-nick-frost-edgar-wright-jessica-hynes-katy-carmichael

Theatre:

The one where Medea saves her kids: lost classics of Greek tragedy -
https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/nov/10/the-one-where-medea-saves-her-kids-lost-classics-of-greek-tragedy

Links

Oct. 31st, 2014 12:37 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Awesome people:

Pakistan's 'miracle' doctor inspired by NHS - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-29648454

Economics:

'Sweeping change' narrows gender gap - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-29722848

History:

Why are so few WW1 heroines remembered? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29706831

French World War One bedroom of soldier who never returned - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-29740037

Miscellaneous:

Escaping Boko Haram: How three Nigeria girls found safety - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-29762252

The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed - http://www.wired.com/2014/10/content-moderation/

Your life on earth - How you and the world have changed since you were born. - http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141016-your-life-on-earth

Old Masters at the Top of Their Game - http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/10/23/magazine/old-masters-at-top-of-their-game.html?_r=2

Infographics Lie. Here's How To Spot The B.S. - http://www.fastcodesign.com/3024273/infographic-of-the-day/infographics-lie-heres-how-to-spot-the-bs

The Most Expensive Typo in Legislative History - http://priceonomics.com/the-most-expensive-typo-in-legislative-history/

Politics:

I spoke with ninety members of the House and Senate about what's gone so wrong in Congress. Sometimes it got a little emotional. - http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/congress-living-hell-1114 via [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte

Science:

Uranium - The element that causes arguments - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29661615

Links

Oct. 10th, 2014 05:43 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Geography:

The historical meanderings of the Mississippi River [by W. O. Dement for Harold Fisk, 1944] - https://i.imgur.com/AgKLb0M.jpg

Politics:

Tabloid readers, nationalists and the distrusting are most likely to be anti-immigration - http://may2015.com/issues/tabloid-readers-nationalists-and-the-distrusting-are-most-likely-to-be-anti-immigration/ Which I know comes under 'well, duh' but it's nice to see some numbers.

Science:

Chagas disease - inheriting a silent killer - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-29343210

Caesium: A brief history of timekeeping - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29476893
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Re: this post about writing to ministers (http://redfiona99.livejournal.com/909638.html) - the Foreign Office have won the Westminster stakes, because their reply letter arrived today. It's mostly politi-speak but they did at least address my concerns.

Links

Aug. 26th, 2014 09:53 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Data Journalism Type Stuff:

Hacking the world’s most complex election system: part 1 - http://schoolofdata.org/2014/08/22/hacking-the-worlds-most-complex-election-system-part-1/
I suspect this might be of interest to [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte as it's about the Bosnian election system.

Seven Ways To Create A Storymap - http://schoolofdata.org/2014/08/25/seven-ways-to-create-a-storymap/

Miscellaneous:

A map of every death on every road in Great Britain 1999-2010http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15975720
Morbid but interesting.

Disability and the Japanese art of mastering chopsticks - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-ouch-28646082

Artist attempts to create most frustrating products imaginable - http://imgur.com/gallery/rCcU6

Some French Parkourists recreating Assassin's Creed around Paris - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8b1zWOgOKA
Unfeasably awesome.

Science:
The man who helped save 50 million lives - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-28564607
A brief history of the oral re-hydration therapy that saves millions.

Silicon: After the chip, another revolution? - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28600802 Actually a history of the human uses of silicon.

Death By Cardio - http://www.fitocracy.com/knowledge/death-by-cardio-and-the-fortress-of-solitude/?utm_source=Fitocracy+Users&utm_campaign=f133a25ff8-Content_Death_by_cardio_08_16_14&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c1f25ec28f-f133a25ff8-242428009

Ignore the title and the bit about cardio and read the bit about the frustrations scientists feel when they come up against pseudo-science. Never have truer words been written.

Sports:

Rwandan teenagers cycling out of poverty - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/28826059

What different methods have managers adopted to get their players up to speed for the new season? BBC Sport consulted five seasoned pros, past and present, to discover some of the more unorthodox ones, and also what constituted their 'nightmare' pre-season routine. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28589313

Wrestling:

Diva Dish With Celeste – How The Life Of A WWE Diva Is Truly The Definition Of Glamour - http://www.pwmania.com/diva-dish-with-celeste-how-the-life-of-a-wwe-diva-is-truly-the-definition-of-glamour#ixzz3BX67OSLL
As written by the diva formerly known as Kaitlyn, who writes well. Please can we keep her :)
redfiona99: (Thinking)
For reasons I shall go into at a later date, I'm planning on writing to the Foreign Secretary and to the Business, Industry and Skills Minister. Can anyone tell me what form address I use for Vince Cable, given that he's not only a Right Honourable, but also a PhD? I know for the Foreign Secretary it's 'Dear Foreign Secretary' (thank you, the Debrett's website) but I have no idea if "Dear Secretary of State for ..." is right for BIS.
redfiona99: (films)
I know a whole (actually quite long) post is a bit much for a 1 minute 33 clip, but there are reasons.

First about the actual clip itself )

Funny story about the post-credits bit )

Some theories about what they're going to do with the thing in the post-credits bit )

My theory about why they're doing Days of Future Past and (spoiler) )

Also, on the topic of Hugh Jackman's body, it's a wonderful teaching aid, because one of my male friends was all "that body is impossible, ridiculous Hollywood standards etc", and I just said that that was exactly what all the women he'd known were complaining about when it came to models and Hollywood actresses, and he said [paraphrased], "oh, so *that's* what you meant."  I thought we'd been reasonably clear but ... at least it's finally got through.
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Given the number of right wing and/or say no to the EU parties standing in the West Mids, I can only hope that they splinter their vote horribly.

Links

May. 5th, 2014 06:59 pm
redfiona99: (Thinking)
Books/TV:

Game of Thrones: Discover the real Westeros - http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2014-04-29/game-of-thrones-discover-the-real-westeros Or the Northern Ireland tourism board now has consultant dragons. Link care of [livejournal.com profile] nwhyte.

Films:

Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan Speculate On Their Characters' Futures 25 Years after 'When Harry Met Sally' - http://www.nerve.com/entertainment/billy-crystal-and-meg-ryan-speculate-their-characters-futures-after-when-harry-met-sally

Science:

The strange case of the 'time travel' murder (and other tales from the UK Forensics service) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-26324244

Antibiotic resistance now 'global threat', WHO warns - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-27204988 That sound you can hear is lots of scientists going "we've been trying to tell you this for years."

History:

The Man Who Made South Africa's Flag - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27155475

Music/Music Industry:

Cee-Lo Green Originally Recorded 'Happy' (and other could have beens) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/27234842

Politics/Economics:

Legal aid row leads to halting of serious fraud trial - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27238201 Where the Prime Minister's brother is on the side of right and good.

UK Cost Of Living Changes Over 10 Years - http://www.politicshome.com/uk/article/97214/cost_of_living_.html

Sport:

World's oldest surviving Olympian, and sharp-shooting FBI agent, dies aged 106 - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/olympic-games-worlds-oldest-olympian-sharp-shooting-fbi-112828806--spt.html

Snooker:

World Snooker Championship: How to survive Crucible marathon - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/27048713

Football:

Crystal Palace: How Tony Pulis achieved Premier League survival - http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/27253266

Footballer Fabrice Muamba launches defibrillator campaign - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-27237737

Rodney Marsh cleans Stoke City players' boots after losing online argument - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-27210196

Formula 1:

Senna's death: Hill still full of disbelief 20 years on - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/formula-1-sennas-death-hill-still-full-disbelief-074615188--f1.html The whole article is worth reading, because Damon Hill is honest and capable of great insight.

Senna's death: The practical joker whose laughter is still missed - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/news/formula-1-sennas-death-practical-joker-whos-laughter-074245068--f1.html

Formula 1/Football:

Brazilian footballers pay tribute to Ayrton Senna by wearing helmets - https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/blogs/world-of-sport/brazilian-footballers-honour-ayrton-senna-wearing-yellow-helmets-031717505.html
redfiona99: (Thinking)
I tend to be live and let live when it comes to politics. People have a right to disagree with me. But 1 particular person in RL is driving me batty.

He's virulently anti-EU.

Not a problem.

Were it not for the fact that he's working in Holland after stints in Austria, Germany and Belgium. He works for ESA (which is partly EU-funded). He is able to travel and work without needing a visa for each new country because of the EU. He's paid the same currency and doesn't have to lose money exchanging it, because of the EU.

He's getting all of the advantages of the system and wants to get rid of it because he feels it's not worth it.

How can you be so stupid!!!

(It must be said that this guy drove one of my friends to Shakespeare. It is, apparently, "a vice to know" this guy.)

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