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Some highlights of Royal Ascot
at 19:59 22 Jun 2017



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Have we done the boys in skirts to school story yet?
at 12:01 22 Jun 2017

Their case for being allowed to wear shorts seems reasonable to me.

https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jun/22/teenage-boys-wear-skirts-to-sc
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At which point do the Tory right realise the importance of the Single Market
at 09:48 22 Jun 2017

as a bulwark against Corbyn and McDonnell? The dreams of reducing regulation are gone after Grenfell so it's just the social contract parts of the EU they can get rid of now, all at political cost to them and the party.

http://www.politico.eu/article/battered-and-bruised-theresa-may-limps-into-enemy

A month ago the idea that Corbyn could make the Labour the largest party in Parliament was ridiculous, such is the weakness of the Tories that it isn't anymore. The Single Market rules do a good job of protecting the country from ultra-free market proponents on one side and McDonnell's Stalinist style planned-nostalgia on the other.
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When are the squad numbers out?
at 10:06 21 Jun 2017

When are the squad numbers out?


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Explosion in Brussels station
at 20:55 20 Jun 2017

Reports of a suicide bomber shot.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40349654

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The Guardian obituary of Brian Cant is a rather lovely read
at 14:11 20 Jun 2017

Much like the man himself was by most accounts.

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/jun/20/brian-cant-obituary?CMP=twt


I do particularly like the paragraph describing his appearances in Doctor Who:

[The character was killed by] “a little polystyrene box-shaped creature that contained a schoolboy. I was from a pacifist planet and I had to wear a long skirt with a long pipe stuck up it which came to just below the neckline. When I was killed off, smoke belched out of this pipe for some reason. It was rather odd.”
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Some photos from Sydney zoo
at 14:50 19 Jun 2017

In an effort to lighten the mood a bit a change of subject that is worth a look.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/19/behind-the-scenes-at-taronga-zoo-a

*Waits for 15 page thread arguing whether zoos are cruel to animals*
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David Conn on Wolves and Jorge Mendes
at 11:25 19 Jun 2017

I think the subtext of the piece is watch this space.

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jun/19/jorge-mendes-wolves-influence-c

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Helmut Kohl has died
at 17:17 16 Jun 2017

German reunification is not a bad achievement to have to one's name but a leader who very much symbolises Germany's rebirth after 1945.

http://www.economist.com/news/obituary/21723676-former-german-chancellor-piloted




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Might be lots of planes visible over Suffolk tomorrow
at 11:42 16 Jun 2017



https://www.ianvisits.co.uk/blog/2017/06/16/red-arrows-to-fly-over-london-on-sat
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On the future of sport
at 09:06 15 Jun 2017

This is thoughtful and interesting.

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jun/13/traditional-sports-crisis-sport-2-

A lot going on here: declining viewing figures, enormous greed, blatant (and less blatant) cheating.

All of which are concerns but ultimately a proper contest needs two things: scarcity which leads to anticipation and genuine competition. It's eroding those two elements that starts to ruin sport.
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Borough Market reopened today
at 14:03 14 Jun 2017

A little bit of positive news:

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Brighton are going to be unsufferable next season
at 08:24 14 Jun 2017

Even more so than usual.

http://www.theargus.co.uk/sport/15343416.Albion_ask_Premier_League_for_home_open

I hope some away fans make a few more nonsensical banners.
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Fake train news
at 07:48 13 Jun 2017


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-england-norfolk-40186000/take-a-visual-tour-of-g

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Cricket: Australia 242/5 after 43 overs
at 13:33 10 Jun 2017

They were looking at a vet big score but England keep taking wickets. The catch Jason Roy had just taken - juggled on the boundary - was outstanding.

245/6 three balls later.
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And here's Marina Hyde enjoying giving May a kicking
at 16:52 9 Jun 2017


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/jun/09/theresa-may-gamble?CMP=sha

Nuttall couldn't even vote for himself though?
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The Maybot is trapped in denial
at 16:29 9 Jun 2017

Once she had got to the palace she had completely forgotten what it was she had come to say.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jun/09/theresa-may-maybot-trapped-firs
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My vote made a big difference then
at 07:48 9 Jun 2017

Pretty impressive majority here in Holborn & St Pancras though even if the result wasn't in doubt.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/E14000750

This, on the other hand is pretty stunning. Hampstead & Kilburn was high on the Tory target list and a 1,500 majority was fairly comfortable compared to 2010.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/politics/constituencies/E14000727
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Cricket: SL Chasing 322 and now 179/2 after 29 overs
at 16:50 8 Jun 2017

They were doing better before a needless run out just now.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-champions-trophy-2017/engine/match/1022361.html

I hope it stays interesting and SL don't fade away like on Saturday.
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The British Media at it's finest
at 13:32 8 Jun 2017




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