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Diane is having a nightmare tonight
at 23:13 17 Jan 2019

My MP not putting up a great display on Question Time this evening. Labour HQ must be drafting the retractions at this very moment.

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This 2011 tweet from JRM is a great find
at 16:51 16 Jan 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/16/billboard-campaign-reminds-vote

October, 2011:

“We could have two referendums. As it happens, it might make more sense to have the second referendum after the renegotiation is completed.”

Superb stuff.

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No confidence motion seems a given now
at 12:40 15 Jan 2019

It would seem a no confidence motion is almost certain given what has just come out of the cabinet.

May has told them she will push ahead with her deal regardless of the scale of the defeat and will refuse to rule out a no deal. Labour will have no choice but to call the no confidence vote or they will be seen as complicit (although in many eyes they already are). Hard to see what it solves though, Labour can’t win it.

Predictions all over the place at the moment but looks like she will lose by something between 100 and 230 votes.



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Brilliant stuff from Murray
at 10:35 14 Jan 2019

To take a set off the world number 22 who just beat Djokovic and won his last tournament whilst barely being able to run is really quite something. Shows the real gap the top 4 had over the others when fit.

Even if (likely when) he loses this set that’s still something pretty impressive.

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Ten football league teenagers to watch
at 12:46 9 Jan 2019

https://www.theguardian.com/football/football-league-blog/2019/jan/09/ten-footba

No sign of any of ours which could be seen as either good or bad I guess.

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Some people are just so odd
at 09:27 9 Jan 2019

Nothing really to say:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/man-licking-doorbell-intercom-

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Interesting report on post-Olympic testing
at 08:51 9 Jan 2019

Seems London was far from the cleanest games in hindsight:

https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2019/jan/08/london-2012-olympics-failed-d

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Team
at 14:02 5 Jan 2019





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This is hugely depressing
at 16:26 3 Jan 2019

From the source article, don't know the survey size but it's depressing whatever it is:

1. More than half of U.S. parents with children under age 18 said they believe their child can get flu from the flu shot. One-third of parents said they believe the shot does not protect someone from the flu.

2. About 30 percent of parents said they thought the flu shot is a conspiracy, while 28 percent said they believe it causes autism.

Honestly don't know what to say.

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/anti-vaxxers-flu-jab-children-health-doctor

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X-Files
at 00:06 3 Jan 2019

Was randomly flicking through channels and found the first ever episode of the X-Files on paramount.

Brilliant stuff, maybe a little dated but so well made and certainly you can see how it kick-started a generation of box set style dramas.

Still a good watch 25+ years later. I know it went off the rails towards the end but most series do that, the earlier stuff is still good though.

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Autonomous Shipping
at 10:41 2 Jan 2019

Pretty interesting stuff. Certainly has some advantages such as less pollution and more cargo per ship. It should also be easier to code the navigation as there are less obstacles and more space on the oceans.

It won't be replacing the existing crewed ships for quite some time though.

https://www.wired.co.uk/article/autonomous-shipping-environment

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Ultima Thule flyby
at 11:22 1 Jan 2019

This is some great work by NASA, they didn't know where they would go after Pluto but the discovery of this object on the rough path that New Horizons was taking means that it's the furthest object from the Sun ever visited.

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/31/new-horizons-heads-for-flyby-of-

New Horizons still has 11kg of fuel left so hopefully they can find another target which they have the fuel to reach, there are loads out in the Kuiper belt, just a matter of finding them.

Dr Brian May has even written a song about the probe and the flyby:



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This is a sad read
at 12:10 31 Dec 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/dec/31/tribes-brazil-genocide-jai

Doesn't sound promising for them under the new regime.

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RIP Dr Roman
at 10:24 31 Dec 2018

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46720014

Since she is known as the "Mother of the Hubble" I think one of it's most famous images is in order, the pillars of creation.



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Poor old Jose
at 18:52 22 Dec 2018

Players clearly aren't good enough.

4-1 up after 57 minutes.

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The end product of bad science
at 14:24 21 Dec 2018

So the other month there was a debate on here about people not getting their kids vaccinated for chicken pox in the US. It was fairly vigorous but in the end many said “it’s just chicken pox, no need to be so worried”.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/21/measles-cases-at-highest-for-20-ye

I don’t think the same argument can be made now. It’s inexcusable that people are dying of measles when it can be prevented. Making a decision not to vaccinate doesn’t just affect you and your family, it affects the herd immunity of the general populace.

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Amazing images from the Mars Express
at 13:49 21 Dec 2018

An amazing picture of the Korolev crater which is permanently filled with ice on Mars:

https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/21/mars-express-beams-back-images-o

Nice that Korolev has a crater named after him, a true genius of rocket development known only as the Chief Designer whilst he was alive so the US couldn’t assassinate him (not that they would). He designed the rocket that put Sputnik in orbit and upon his death his remains were placed in the Kremlin walls and his name revealed along with a full state funeral. The most ridiculous thing is that he died due to issues he got whilst he was in the gulag, somewhere he was sent in 1938 for no real reason. If that hadn’t have happened the USSR would likely have stayed ahead of the US in the space race.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Korolev

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Surely it's almost compulsory to have a second referendum now?
at 14:44 20 Dec 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/20/vladimir-putin-theresa-may-brex

If Putin thinks it's a bad idea then surely it's something everyone has to consider. Whilst the other arguments for one are excellent surely this Trumps (ahem) them all.

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Award winning fake news
at 18:47 19 Dec 2018

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/19/top-der-spiegel-journalist-resigns

Crazy that he got away with it for so long.

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Apparently the 48 letters are in
at 16:04 11 Dec 2018

May must be loving this week.

Trip to see the EU today was a total waste of time as well.

SB
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