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INFRASTRUCTURE BILL – LATEST ROUND-UP

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Many happy memories of the Forest of Dean I really hope Owen succeeds!

Originally posted on Subject. Object.:

THIS THURSDAY: ALL EYES ON THE LORDS COMMITTEE

This Thursday (July 10), from 2pm, the Grand Committee of the House of Lords is set to examine Clause 21 (and other clauses) of the Infrastructure Bill. We campaigners to stop the privatisation of public forests will be watching keenly, as several amendments have been tabled which call for the Public Forest Estate to be exempted from the proposed sale or ‘transfer schemes’ of public land.

Well, that was an exciting intro (I imagine the few who will read this in all probability sarcastically thinking, before moving on to the latest video of a goat that sounds like a chicken). Maybe why this proposed law which would enable so many fundamental changes to land and our country’s highways and other agencies has garnered scant – if practically nonexistent – coverage in our national dailies.

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JK Rowling basically told to ‘stop writing books and give the rest of us a chance’ by fellow author

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What cheek – and definitely a way to kill your career.

Originally posted on Metro:

File photo dated 27/09/12 of Harry Potter author JK Rowling who has secretly written a crime novel under a false name. The Sunday Times reported the writer won plaudits for The Cuckoo's Calling, about a war veteran turned private investigator called Cormoran Strike. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday July 14, 2013. Rowling used the moniker Robert Galbraith for the book, which was published in April, and was only rumbled after the newspaper investigated how a first-time novelist could produce such an assured debut work.  See PA story ARTS Rowling. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
JK Rowling is best known for the Harry Potter books (Picture: PA)

Lynn Shepherd, prepare to feel the wrath of a couple of hundred million Harry Potter fans.

The US author has taken the unusual step of calling out a fellow writer and asking them to put the pen down so that everyone else has a chance.

Shepherd targeted JK Rowling, the writer behind the phenomenally successful Harry Potter books in a piece for the Huffington Post entitled If JK Rowling Cares About Writing She Should Stop Doing It.

In the article, the historical crime novelist wrote: ‘By all means keep writing for kids, or for your personal pleasure – I would never deny anyone that – but when it comes to the adult market you’ve had your turn.

Shepherd took a swipe at Rowling's first adult book The Casual Vacancy (Picture: PA)
Shepherd took a swipe at Rowling’s first adult book The Casual Vacancy (Picture: PA)

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Dear Edwina, Thankyou for last night. I hope it was as good for you as it was for me. #bigbenefitsrow

jigginabout:

Hear Hear!!!

Originally posted on JACK MONROE::

Dear Edwina;

It’s 9 o clock on Tuesday, the morning after the night before, where we were both on a panel on The Big Benefits Row on Channel 5. I haven’t watched it back, I was there, and know what I look like when I’m angry.

I need to get this out – because it’s everything I wanted to say last night but couldn’t, as I kept being rudely shouted over by you. Honestly, my three year old behaves better than that. At least he knows that when Mummy does her ‘will you just be QUIET and LISTEN to me’ then the best thing to do is to stop running your mouth and let Mummy say her piece.

But you didn’t. Because you were terrified of what I had to say.

I wanted to say, when asked by Matthew Wright, that poverty is almost indescribable to someone as blinkered as…

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A collection of 30 cats, a collective 60 seconds before sneezing

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Hilarious!!!

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

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Cats, the conventional logic goes, are the refined pet choice. Unlike dogs, whose motivations are so shallow that their loyalty can be won with a handful of sausages, cats are discerning creatures. They give their love to those who earn it, and only on their own terms, putting up the sort of uncaring exterior that would make them archetypical romantic leads in a dating simulator.

For many cat lovers, the hard-fought affection from a feline is all the more valuable than similar sentiments from other members of the animal kingdom. The back and forth of developing trust with a new acquaintance, the eventual thawing of an initially frosty reception, are these not like the social dances engaged in by humans?

However, cats also share another, less graceful aspect with we humans: they look really, really weird just before they sneeze.

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