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Message 1441962 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 14:53:57 UTC

Cultural venues like the British Museum and Royal Opera House should be moved to the north of England, according to a former adviser to Tony Blair. Patrick Diamond, who worked for the Labour government for a decade, made the suggestion in a paper on boosting the regions for the think tank Civitas. He also recommended setting up a regional base for the House of Lords. The south-east of England is too dominant and a "massive shift of power to the regions" is needed, he argued.

Well now that is interesting.

In the May 2010 General Election, Diamond was elected as a Labour Councillor for the ward of Newington in the London Borough of Southwark.

Not only has he just ditched his chances of getting himself re-elected, he's just helped to ensure that Labour won't win in 2015. Well done to him I say!

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Message 1441976 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 15:17:31 UTC

Is he suggesting literally moving the building? By all means open branches of them up north, but moving the whole thing really is plain silly.

And i'm not sure we'd want them up here.
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Message 1441992 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 15:50:13 UTC

Simon!!! Of course he not suggesting literally moving the building :-) But the British Museum is about as British as you can get, therefore it should remain in London, the Nation's Capital. He'll be suggesting we move Buckingham Palace to Cornwall next as they are short of a few tourists!



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Message 1442013 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 16:59:12 UTC
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Well according to one collection of vitriolic drivel masquerading as a national newspaper, Charles is planning to turn Buck house into a hotel.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2052681/Buckingham-Palace-turned-hotel-Prince-Charles-King.html

Note the use of the word "could" to mean "we don't actually have any evidence for this but it makes a good headline".

It also refers to our future monarch as Charles III, when Charlie himself has hinted that he will use the title George VII (Times article), since things didn't end too well for the last two Charleses.

Edit; although a subsequent Guardian article dismissed this, so maybe the jury's still out on that one.
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Message 1442031 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 17:30:22 UTC

Historian and presenter Andrew Marr, who has written a book and BBC TV series ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year, says the Prince has considered turning the Palace into a ‘government hotel and centre for events’ while he relocates Court to Windsor Castle.


A third rate hack trying to flog his book. Don't be taken in.

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Message 1442035 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 17:38:48 UTC - in response to Message 1442031.
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Historian and presenter Andrew Marr, who has written a book and BBC TV series ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee next year, says the Prince has considered turning the Palace into a ‘government hotel and centre for events’ while he relocates Court to Windsor Castle.


A third rate hack trying to flog his book. Don't be taken in.

I wasn't, i thought the first line made that clear.

I doubt Buckingham Palace will be changing, it's one of the biggest tourist draws in the capital.
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Message 1442044 - Posted: 13 Nov 2013, 17:52:07 UTC
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I would almost say in the world! But do take note of the date of that newspaper report

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UPDATED: 12:43, 24 October 2011

But, I do so wish someone would put the Mail out of it's misery.

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Message 1442199 - Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 3:50:09 UTC

Oh No, it is one of my favorite Gossip Rags.
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Message 1442268 - Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 9:53:50 UTC

Well Uli, up until about 18 months ago I used to like the Mail, but the recession hit and it entered into a vicious circulation war with its main rival the Daily Express to survive. Since then it has degenerated into cheap trashy headlines to catch people unawares, and in the process lost a lot of journalistic integrity. Although it's website is still very good, and often has breaking news before the BBC.

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Message 1442276 - Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 10:24:39 UTC

news
njuːz/
noun
1. newly received or noteworthy information, especially about recent events.
"I've got some good news for you"

Noteworthy information ≠ antagonistic and venomous opinion.
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Message 1442278 - Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 10:27:50 UTC

Paxman mocks Dimbleby's tattoo

Jeremy Paxman teased fellow broadcaster David Dimbleby over his tattoo by signing off Newsnight with 'Good Nite' inked across his fingers.

Paxman added a twist to the end of the heavyweight news show by turning over his hands and revealing the words written in large gothic letters.

Question Time presenter Dimbleby this week revealed that he has just got his first tattoo - a scorpion on his shoulder - at the age of 75.

Paxman's joke may have shocked the bookies who made him the favourite to be the next BBC presenter to publicly reveal a tattoo.

Ladbrokes were offering odds of 3/1 that Paxman would be next to reveal some body art, followed by Bill Turnbull, at 4/1, and George Alagiah, at 5/1.

Newsnight has been accused of dumbing down recently after a number of similar stunts since former Guardian deputy editor Ian Katz took over in July.

Kirsty Wark surprised viewers by dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller on Halloween while another show ended on an interview with the Cookie Monster.

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Message 1442287 - Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 11:07:03 UTC

Well Simon, to be honest Dimbleby deserved it. A shame really because like his father Richard, he is one of the most respected broadcasters in the country. Soppy wotsit :-)

Newsnight has been accused of dumbing down recently after a number of similar stunts since former Guardian deputy editor Ian Katz took over in July.

Oh well, that explains that then, the open toed sandal, goatee beard, 1/2 of lager, pseudo intellectual brigade have taken over!

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Message 1442299 - Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 11:47:50 UTC

Students slammed for 'sexist' contest

Cambridge University students have been accused of sexism after students posed naked as part of a 'Rear of the Year' competition.

Five women and five men were photographed from behind for the competition, which is decided by their peers voting online.

They can be seen posing naked or scantily clad in campus locaions including a college laundry, on a lawn and in a study area.

One of the entrants, who asked not to be identified, said: "My bum is in its prime, it's only downhill from here. It was now or never really."

The pictures have been posted on student website The Tab alongside five nude male entrants, including one posing in the University library.

Organisers said all the entrants had "volunteered" their services and they had intentionally run a male competition alongside the women.

But the poll has been criticised by campaigners as "irresponsible".

In a joint statement Anija Dokter, from Cambridge Feminist Society, and Lauren Steele, Women's Officer at the Cambridge University Student's Union, said: "This is an example of immature, blind and irresponsible behaviour on the part of the Tab editors.

"I sincerely hope they will take responsibility for the harm caused, not only to the women depicted but also to the broader community, for reinforcing sexism and exclusion."


Now that is plain silly. How can something be sexist if there is an exactly even balance of genders (5 each). These people need to take a step back before opening their cake-holes.
I agree with gender equality, it's a very noble concept and should be encouraged, possibly with a bit of feminism thrown in to help redress the balance. But i fear femenists often do more harm than good by missing the point and turning shouty when there's very little worth shouting about, which isn't going to help their image.


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Message 1442313 - Posted: 14 Nov 2013, 12:58:30 UTC

In a joint statement Anija Dokter, from Cambridge Feminist Society, and Lauren Steele, Women's Officer at the Cambridge University Student's Union, said: "This is an example of immature, blind and irresponsible behaviour on the part of the Tab editors.

Since when, anywhere, have uni students ever been anything other than immature and irresponsible? It's what they are and what they do, and always will be. Then they moan they can't get a job after graduating. I live in a University town, so I have to live with it day by day. I'm not going down the route of the Womens Lib discussion, had my fingers burnt too often around here.

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Message 1442629 - Posted: 15 Nov 2013, 11:24:25 UTC

What a load of old b**ls ...

Sigh ...

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Message 1442639 - Posted: 15 Nov 2013, 12:32:23 UTC - in response to Message 1442629.

What a load of old b**ls ...

Sigh ...

Ai yai yai, that's got to sting!

On the upside, with protests like that, it's unlikely he'll be spawning any descendants!
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Message 1442661 - Posted: 15 Nov 2013, 14:00:53 UTC

They really do make everything in China; including, it would appear, Parises.

Paris In China: Tianducheng Is An Eerie, Abandoned City Of Lights Clone
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Message 1442740 - Posted: 15 Nov 2013, 18:13:28 UTC

I wasn't sure whether to post this here or in the "Thor" thread, but then I thought, as it's the first End Of The World prediction I've seen for 2014, it has to be silly..

Viking Apocalypse in 100 days

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Message 1442985 - Posted: 16 Nov 2013, 10:17:01 UTC

Hehehe the Daily Mail short of copy again.

    Legend has it that on this day, the god Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir
    The soil and the sky will be stained with poison and the sea will rear up
    Prior to the apocalypse, three freezing winters would follow each other
    The sound of the horn is supposed to call the sons of Odin to the battlefield, where Odin will ultimately be killed


That all sounds to me much like the Nostradamus quatrains. Written in such a way as to generally mean anything anyone wants them to mean.

The soil and the sky will be stained with poison - could refer to ground pollution by pesticides or GM crops. and CO2 climate change.

and the sea will rear up - We have tsunamis and always have done.

three freezing winters would follow each other - nothing unusual in world weather systems.

The sound of the horn is supposed to call the sons of Odin to the battlefield, where Odin will ultimately be killed - Odin or Wotan is the Norse God of war, this could refer to any military leader and his troops fighting a war and the leader being killed. Colonel H in the Falklands comes to mind, as does Osama Bin laden.

"Legend has it", says all you need to know.

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Message 1448958 - Posted: 1 Dec 2013, 16:31:29 UTC

Laughing, she replied: "He does all the cooking. I can't complain about that. He's lovely." Asked if the aide describing her husband as a nightmare was "wrong", Ms Cooper said: "He is."

Either say that or get divorced ....

Ugh!

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