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Some other good news today: Red Kites
at 07:18 24 Jun 2022

The UK has been so successful at supporting the Red Kite that some are being taken to Spain to help the population there sustain itself.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-61903943

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That Ukrainian social media game
at 19:52 23 Jun 2022

This is good:



Not that the level of support is down to the PM, it would be the same under most if the others in my lifetime.
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Burton on a Tuesday night. FFS
at 09:02 23 Jun 2022




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Cricket: good piece about British-Asian cricket in Yorkshire
at 09:06 18 Jun 2022

Not necessarily one with many answers but worth reading all the same:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jun/18/yorkshire-cricket-great-divide-wev

The treatment of Mannigham seems like an unobserved scandal.
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Guess who got jealous because Macron and Scholz went to Kiev yesterday
at 15:47 17 Jun 2022

Probably safer for him than Wakefield anyway.



And for the avoidance of doubt, the UK's response to Ukraine has been good but it is not solely dependent on Johnson.
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Tribute to murdered journalist Dom Phillips in the Guardian here
at 08:19 17 Jun 2022

Is very good.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/16/dom-phillips-bruno-pereira

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Orwell Challenge - Another Sponsorship Request
at 10:52 16 Jun 2022

Despite growing up in Ipswich, I've never done the Orwell 25 walk but that changes on Sunday. Fortunately the weather forecast looks slightly more amenable to walking for eight or nine hours than it would be today or tomorrow.

More importantly than that, it's a sponsored event on behalf of Volunteering Matters who do far more important work than I do all day, a lot of it on behalf of young people in Ipswich and nationally.

So, if anyone can spare a few pounds then please do donate.

Thankyou.

https://www.justgiving.com/team/VMOrwellChallenge

(Click on Team East to donate).
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Cricket: One more wicket to go
at 11:50 14 Jun 2022

NZ 249/9, 263 ahead. Don't really want to chase too many more than this, but the afternoon should be fun.

https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/new-zealand-in-england-2022-1276891/england-



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2nd Test - Day 4 Thread
at 11:31 13 Jun 2022

Root very disappointed to go for 176 but he and Foakes scoring with real intent this morning. And now Broad is in....

517/6, still 36 behind.

If I was in the vicinity of Nottingham, think I might be taking a late day off work.
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UK GDP figures for April are bad
at 07:37 13 Jun 2022




Just the time to start a trade war with the EU for nakedly political reasons.
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Crypto News
at 15:13 10 Jun 2022

Just in case anyone had any doubts, this should reassure you:



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Magnificent FT infographic on Space Debris
at 10:42 8 Jun 2022

Should be free to read:

https://ig.ft.com/space-debris/?emailId=62a01fc309f635002359a2d9&segmentId=2


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This Guardian obituary of Ray Hill is worth reading
at 09:33 7 Jun 2022

He had something of a Damascene conversion:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/29/ray-hill-obituary

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Scotland are ever reliable then (n/t)
at 20:53 1 Jun 2022

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Munich
at 11:42 26 May 2022

I'm off to Munich tomorrow, part of a stag do so it's mostly organised but I suspect three days should allow a small element of cultural activities other than bierkellers. It will be the first time I've been abroad for 2.5 years so looking forward to it.

Any suggestions beyond the obvious?
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87,000 people in England are behind on care payments
at 13:29 24 May 2022

This is incredibly concerning as the consequences of this will be dire. Still, Rishi can spend £500k on polling about his image rather than try to fix anything.

https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/cost-of-living-social-care-bills-people-cant-pa


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ONS Survey on Hybrid Working
at 10:38 24 May 2022

Some quite interesting stuff here, it's very much here to stay despite the current Tory luddism about it:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemplo

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This, from the BBC, on China's concentration camps is very good
at 07:45 24 May 2022

Someone leaked a load of hacked files to them. A Mother arrested because here son is "too religious" which meant he didn't drink or smoke, a 15 year old girl for no particular reason.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/85qihtvw6e/the-faces-from-chinas-uyghur-detenti

And then the detail, police protocols that mandate:

"Blindfolds, handcuffs and shackles are mandatory for any “student” being transferred between facilities or even to hospital."

or harsh punishments for old 'offences':

"with one man jailed for 10 years in 2017 for having “studied Islamic scripture with his grandmother” for a few days in 2010."
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Photo Essay of Live on the Thames
at 09:24 23 May 2022

This is rather nice:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/may/23/a-year-on-the-river-thames-part-

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Mackems vs Wycombe
at 10:06 21 May 2022

Camden is full of Mackems this morning, I didn’t have the heart to tell them they will probably get sh1thoused by Wycombe today.

Think I would rather Sunderland go up, they will definitely be competitive next season but I’m not sure Wycombe will be. Obviously Sunderland messing it up badly would also be quite funny.
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