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  1. 7 Oct ’16 at 2:41 pm

    fernly2 on Cowspiracy: The truth about animal agriculture

    Vegetarian for over 50 years after seeing Cowspiracy vegan sounds better. Will have to rethink my relationship with the deer that are eating my peaches? There must be a balance here somewhere living in a state where agriculture is important but not as important as manufacture of munitions.

  2. 7 Oct ’16 at 8:12 am

    JB on Israel says goodbye to Peres

    A less rose tinted view

  3. 5 Sep ’16 at 9:37 am

    UoYStudent on University of York undecided over fee increases

    It now appears that the University ARE increasing fees to £9,250 as “York’s tuition fees for 2017/18 entry are expected to be £9,250* per year for UK/EU students and Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man residents.” (

  4. 18 Aug ’16 at 11:28 pm

    James on Brexit: what is the future for UK science?

    “No state has ever left the EU before”

    This is incorrect (sort of). Greenland, as an autonomous country within the Danish realm, voted to leave the EEC in 1982.

  5. 18 Aug ’16 at 2:29 pm

    Chaser on Accessories Edit

    Great article

  6. 17 Jul ’16 at 1:53 pm

    Mamajana on TV Review: Endeavour – Series 3 Episode 3: ‘Prey’

    Am I the only one who sees this episode as a parody of Jaws? The ME says, “this was not a boating accident!” And there are several scenes reminiscent of scenes from Jaws. You have the chief who kills the tiger/shark (Roy Scheider vs. Chief Bright). You hear Chief Bright’s monologue about killing a tiger in India vs. Queeg’s monologue. You have the professional hunter killed by the tiger/shark at the end. Several more parallels. Wicked!

  7. 15 Jul ’16 at 2:56 am

    Dawn of Pendraig on TV Review: Endeavour – Series 3 Episode 4: ‘Coda’

    Where did Thursday’s son head off too? “Don’t volunteer for anything.” What did I miss?

  8. A gown is not part of your body – how is this ‘body shaming’? The fact that gowns are not tailor-made means that some people might not like the way it hangs on their body. This service gives you the opportunity to alter the way your gown looks, in the same way that people buy clothes which fit their body shape well.

  9. Get a damn life. If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. It’s in no way being forced upon you, it is literally a paid option. It’s also an option that some people may want, because amazingly, most people want to look good, however that may be achieved. Also “YUSU Women’s Officer express outrage” is hardly a headline. From what their output appears to be, it seems to be their sole purpose in life. Bore off

  10. 20 Jun ’16 at 9:33 pm

    Thomas of UKIP on We must stop demonising politicians

    While I agree with the majority of this article, surely the author should realise that one of the most demonised politicians is Nigel Farage and that the man doesn’t have a private security detail wherever he goes for no reason.
    There have been people assassinated before by left-wingers , such as the right-wing populist Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn-whose murderer said that he was “demonising” people. Plus with Hope not Hate among others publishing the names of UKIP candidates (including me) on their website, there is always a cause for concern.
    Anger is common in politics-I think we can all agree that no-one should be dehumanised because of their politics-which is all too common particularly in relation to far-right comments about “traitors” and left wing comments about “UKIP racists/Tory heartless monsters”

  11. 13 Jun ’16 at 2:20 pm

    Thomas of UKIP on Rape is nothing to do with the EU

    Now, this is a bit of a strawman to declare it “victim blaming” , even the head of a German Rape crisis charity says that they are dealing with higher instances of demand for their services , coinciding with the migrant crisis.
    We also have now got a case where the BBC and police appeared to have covered up a sexual assault charge in the Newcastle area apparently , due to one of the alleged perpetrators being a Syrian refugee. We clearly do have to address the fact that there are some people coming into Europe with less than pleasant views on women’s rights (and that’s putting it mildly) , and we shouldn’t cover such crimes up based on where the accused are from because of political correctness.
    With all that said I do agree partially that the major issue with immigration is not to do with instances like Cologne, but rather to do with unskilled immigration from Europe saturating the workforce and leading to a downwards trend in wages in poorer areas of the country.
    Also I should emphasise that if 5.7% of cases end in a conviction, we should not assume that the other 94.3% of accused are guilty. We can never be sure of the number that go unreported (as that stat can always be made out of thin air) , and the other two instances where no conviction would arise(arrested, not charged and charged, not convicted) are caused by the person being found innocent of the crime by trial, or a lack of evidence to succeed in conviction in the police’s mind.
    If we want to make criminal justice system fairer for victims, we should believe them in the sense that they should get the support from trained rape counselors etc. However we should NEVER assume the accused is guilty until they are convicted, as that goes against all principles of our justice system. An accusation of such a nature can ruin an innocent person’s life (see the rather high profile false accusation of Harvey Proctor at the hands of a fantasist ) , and it is not reasonable for a victim to assume the person who they have accused is to be treated like a criminal until they are found guilty.

  12. 21 May ’16 at 10:48 pm

    mrcuttime on Classical music for the masses

    Thanks for writing and posting this Luke. I think it’s worth pointing out that instrumental music like sonatas or even jazz have lost out to songs and celebrity singers. Generally speaking, people prefer character, vocals and visual drama to relying on their own imaginations. The standards of classical presentation help maximize the potential impact of music, but they don’t welcome or inform new listeners. New classical events specifically for newcomers could change all that, esp. with new music that adapts the musical dialect of Schubert and Brahms with urban pop grooves. I’ve composed several works that prove this works, and call the style Classical Soul. Here are two samples, although these track were recorded before I began adding drums:

    Playing them often in clubs, homes, schools and restaurants, I believe we can open many to the enviable power of classical expression.