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Brexit and the European Union: are the British really more stupid than Americans?
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The English mathematician and inventor of hospital administrator and modern medical writing Florence Nightingale click here
Brexit or Remain? Arguments made before the referendum click here
"Darling Patience": how the daughter of an Irish rose got to be born English in England click here
The Queen of England is 90. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2016 v10n1p0421

The Queen of England is also the Queen of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, plus Australia, New Zealand, and a handful of other countries. When she became queen over 60 years ago, she had more subjects. Which is beside the point.

The real point is that the queen has kept going, kept healthy, kept working until she was 90, and gives no signs of stopping. I have not seen her use a walker or in any way give an indication that age is slowing her down. She is the longest-lived monarch in British history, and has reigned the longest.

Happy birthday Queen Elizabeth II!!!!
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Scott Borthwick, who played his only Test at Sydney on the ill-fated Ashes tour of 2013-14, scored an unbeaten 188 and returned figures of 5-79 and 3-73 against Nottinghamshire this week to jump to the top of the Overall MVP.

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Julian Assange is a political refugee inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in the English city of London click here
Dying for England 100 years ago click here
English pathologist Dr MCH Dodgson click here
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The white rabbit SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2016 v10n1p0601

My grandfather's uncle Campbell Dodgson CBE was the Oxford tutor of the love of Oscar Wilde, Lord Arthur Douglas, whom Uncle Campbell introduced. Uncle Campbell always wore white suits and was dropping things and looking at his pocket watch. 

My brothers and I were told by various Dodgson men that Uncle Campbell was likely the model for the white rabbit in a book written by another Oxford Dodgson, a third cousin of Uncle Campbell and my great grandfather. Which is impossible, Alice in Wonderland was published before Uncle Campbell was born. I am quite sure Uncle Campbell irritated his third cousin immensely. I know Dodgsons.

Uncle Campbell married the daughter of Professor Spooner, who invented Spoonerisms, and was the curator of prints at the British Museum for about 50 years. He was an expert on Duehrer. He died 2 years before I was born. Campbell Dodgson click here.
Episcopal Church kicked out. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2016 v10n1 p0114

Just when we thought the British Empire could not collapse any further, it did, today, when Anglican priests gathered at Canterbury and voted to boot out America. So there. Or rather, the Episcopal Church, which is, or was until today, the closest relative in the United States to the worldwide Anglican communion. Anglicans in the US will disagree with me, but look at the numbers. The Anglican church is nothing like as large as the Episcopal church, which owns lots of churches, lots of property.

And why? Because, like the Republic of Ireland, the whole Republic of Ireland, the Episcopal Church recognizes, and celebrates, all marriages between committed humans.

Aagh. The Anglican Church is the religion of my fathers, in fact, I was christened into the Anglican Church in Ireland, and confirmed Anglican in Australia. Many of my relatives have been priests, for example, a former Bishop of Norwich click here, and my relatives are priests to this day. 

This homophobia is not universal with Anglican priests. A prominent Anglican priest, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, wants us all to treat all humans with respect, and rejoiced when his daughter, a priest, married her partner. Archbishop Tutu click here.

We need young persons coming up through the ranks of the Anglican Church to right this wrong. Kick out the Americans by all means, but learn to love one another. We are all we have. 
Englishwoman survives US deep-freeze. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2014 v8n1 p0108

In the United States, we love English television and movies, and during the deep freeze that brought in 2014, this and chocolate kept me going. 

In particular, Sherlock, the wonderful series about a consultant detective who describes himself as a "high-achieving sociopath". I followed the link to watch series 3, click here

Words of caution: have an up-to-date Norton antivirus program. Mine went a little crazy when I was trying to access the programs, but it swatted whatever it found. Phew.

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Are Brexit negotiations a cunning EU strategy – to bore us into submission?
‘Taking back control’ now resembles some sweaty negotiators, not waving but drowning in a sea of legalese

It goes without saying that I am an expert on the ECJ, EEA, Efta and in particular the Moldovan agreement that allows Liechtenstein to share the single market. It goes without saying mainly because it is untrue. My knowledge is probably on a par with David Davis’s, to be honest, which is worrying to say the least. Many people will not understand the minutiae of trade, tariffs and jurisdiction, nor indeed have the time or inclination to find out. Maybe they should not be allowed a vote? Or do an exam? “Taking back control” now resembles some sweaty negotiators not waving but drowning in a sea of legalese.

This is one of the most significant events of my lifetime. So why, I wonder, is it so monumentally boring? Sometimes I think this is a dastardly European strategy: suffocate us with paperwork, bore us into submission and maybe Brexit will take decades. This is all very important, so why is it like listening to someone explain how they did their conveyancing? You just want to die. In some other world, everyone reads the terms and conditions of everything they click online or sign. But lots of us don’t live in that world. We are idiots.

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:26:36 GMT

University teachers’ jobs and dignity are under threat | Letters
Readers respond to recent articles by Harriet Swain and André Spicer

Reading the Russell Group of universities’ defence, you might believe there was “nothing to see here” when it comes to the treatment of university lecturers (Second-class pay and prospects: university teaching staff complain of two-tier system, 22 August).

Yet over half (53%) of teaching-only staff in our universities are on fixed-term contracts, many of them less than a year in length, with no real prospect of building a career. This is not counting the army of academics who troop in every term on zero-hours contracts to deliver classes.

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:26:15 GMT

The lack of legality in the US-led invasion of Afghanistan | Letters
Ian Sinclair takes issue with the idea that the 2001 invasion was legal. Plus Dr Richard Lawson suggests that the west buy Afghan farmers’ opium crop, medicalise it, and use it medicinally in Africa

Was the 2001 US-led invasion and subsequent ongoing occupation of Afghanistan “never an illegal war”, as the Guardian asserts (Editorial, 23 August)?

Written in 2010, the official House of Commons Library briefing paper on the subject makes interesting reading: “The military campaign in Afghanistan was not specifically mandated by the UN, but was widely (although not universally) perceived to be a legitimate form of self-defence under the UN charter.”

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Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:25:10 GMT

Utter madness of NHS chiefs who rejected fancy-dress fundraisers | Letters
Charmaine Fletcher and Mary Kamaluddin deplore a lack of humour and humanity

The heads of Shropshire Community Health Trust are overstepping the mark (Trust rejects ‘demeaning’ fancy-dress donation, 23 August). It is not for them to dictate the attire of successful charity fundraisers, nor to reject money intended to benefit others. They appear to dwell in an ivory tower of their own construction, oblivious to more serious issues in the health service, many of which, ironically, result from poor local management and financial decision-making.

As a former regional NHS PR and marketing manager, and national charity publicist, I am moved to remind chief executive Jan Ditheridge and chair Mike Ridely of the words of the Salvation Army founder William Booth. When asked about taking donations from sources of which the movement disapproved, he said: “We will wash it [the money] in the tears of the widows and orphans and lay it on the altar of humanity.”

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Roman Abramovich relaxes on yacht moored near Antibes home
The Russian oligarch, 50, was pictured in Antibes, this week, the first time he has been seen since announcing he is divorcing his 36-year-old wife.

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Headless body found in Copenhagen is missing Kim Wall
Police investigating the death of Kim Wall, 30, (pictured) whose torso was found in Koge Bay, Copenhagen, is looking into the 1986 murder and dismembering of a 22-year-old Japanese tourist.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:31:07 +0100

London cyclist who hit a mother is cleared of manslaughter
Matthew Briggs wants a Death by Dangerous Cycling law afterCharlie Alliston was cleared of his wife Kim's manslaughter but convicted of a Victorian 'furious and wanton driving' charge.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:28:14 +0100

Car park row turns into punch-up as driver knocked out
This is the moment a dispute in a car park turned into a full-blown fist fight as one driver appears to knock out the other with a single punch in CCTV footage that captured the scrap.

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Toddler takes over ITV news segment with Alastair Stewart
Iris Wronka stole the show while appearing on ITV News alongside her older brother George and her mother Lucy during the lunchtime bulletin with a stunned Alastair Stewart.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 17:44:12 +0100

British father locked in Turkish jail after plucking coins
Toby Robyns, 52, was arrested at Milas-Bodrum Airport in Turkey after he discovered 13 coins - which are 'historical treasures' - while he was snorkelling off the coast near Turgutreis.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:22:06 +0100

Uber driver 'washed genitals after trying to rape woman'
Suleiman Abdirizak, 42, is alleged to have attacked the woman as he drove her from a night out in Hoxton, east London last year, ordering: 'I'll only drive you if you suck my d***'.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 16:13:35 +0100

Home Office accidentally sends EU deportation letter
A letter was sent 'in error' telling people that a decision had been taken to remove them from the UK under immigration laws.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:54:59 +0100

Knowle woman ordered to rip down treehouse in garden
Martine Matty. 34, paid £5,000 to have a 15ft old oak tree near her home in Knowle, West Mids., convertd. But a neighbour complained it overlooked their property and she has been told to tear it down.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:46:10 +0100

Heartbroken Culverwell family had cocker spaniel stolen
Mother-of-three Caroline Culverwell was walking 14-week-old pure-bred cocker spaniel Mika before a pub lunch when the puppy bolted out of sight as they reached the car park in Surrey.

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:41:39 +0100

Gangs banned from making YouTube videos about shootings
Britain's biggest ever gang injunction has hit 18 members of Birmingham's rival Burger Bar Boys' and the 'Johnson Crew' - 12 of whom are already in jail including Reial Phillips (pictured).

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:38:24 +0100

Police search for 'missing' Rhyl family on holiday
Mother Nicole Rowlands, 43, and her husband David, 46, of Rhyl, North Wales, were being sought by police along with their three children, Luke, 15, Thomas, 12 and Rebecca, 11.

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