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Prescott Hill Climb – a bikers’ day out with a difference

Prescott Hill Climb – a bikers’ day out with a difference

Oxford, 23/06/2019. Last weekend the normal peace and quiet of the Cotswolds was briefly shattered by the Prescott Bike Fest, an event in which Prescott Hill Climb, normally the refuge of the Bugatti Owners Club, was given over to bikes, trikes and a succession of weird and wonderful machinery. Prescott […]

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24/06/2019 at 13:31Auto Share the vibe UK

BBC TV standards still on the wane

BBC TV standards still on the wane

27/04/2019. I’ve no doubt that BBC standards are sinking; with ever-increasing budget cuts it must be difficult to maintain any kind of quality. But even so, last night’s short viewing, after a day in London that left me thirsty for a little quality content, brought not only disappointment but the […]

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26/04/2019 at 23:55Life&Liberty UK

Goodbye Headington

Goodbye Headington

          Goodbye to the quiet, pleasant suburb that once was Headington (Oxford). I had to laugh at the Oxford Mail’s puff piece of the time (4th January 2016) for the new Barton Park (Oxford) development and its “waterfront” villas. The only waterfront will be the expanded […]

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06/06/2018 at 11:12Climate Life&Liberty UK

Jeremy Corbyn may well have been the right candidate all along

Jeremy Corbyn may well have been the right candidate all along

UK Labour party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn may well turn out to have been the best candidate all along.

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16/08/2015 at 10:16EU Life&Liberty UK

Daily Telegraph supports Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leadership

Daily Telegraph supports Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leadership

15/07/2015. Today that doyenne of middle England, the Daily Torygraph, put out a piece supporting Jeremy Corbyn for leader of the Labour party, suggesting that he is winning the race for the leadership. According to another story in the paper, Mr Corbyn has already “taken a ‘commanding position’ ahead of […]

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15/07/2015 at 22:44Life&Liberty NUJ UK

Back to war in Iraq? Letter to an MP

Back to war in Iraq? Letter to an MP

Back to war in Iraq? Letter to an MP.

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26/09/2014 at 09:48Life&Liberty UK

Libraries as a public good

Libraries as a public good

Tales from a Brussels bar   It had been cold outside all week, so I was happy that night to wedge myself against the radiator, pint in hand, and peruse the headlines. A quiet evening – there was just a sprinkling of customers – the usual suspects. And I wasn’t […]

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23/02/2011 at 09:52Life&Liberty Tales - Brussels bar UK

In defence of Headington library

In defence of Headington library

Headington public library in Oxford, UK, is to close as part of the County Council cuts to local services. Local residents are unhappy ..

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31/12/2010 at 13:59Life&Liberty UK

This nightmarish lust for our personal data

This nightmarish lust for our personal data

“Under Labour’s plans for transformational government,” wrote Henry Porter in March 2008, “an almighty surveillance structure is envisaged, through which the state will know ‘a deep truth about the citizen based on their behaviour, experience, beliefs, needs or desires.” The British government plans bear striking similarities to statements found in […]

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