29 Oct 2018hate, crime, legislation, taplock, ‘Hate Crime just doesn’t cover it,’ argues Paul Taplock, Head of Social Cohesion Studies at Morpeth College. He is searching for a sponsor for a private members bill which would introduce a new category of ‘Dislike Crime’. So far he has the broad support a handful of MPs but some of them want to see an ‘incitement to slightly dislike crime’ while others who sympathise with Taplock’s proposal are calling for the description of the ‘dislike’ offence to to be changed to ‘not terribly like’.
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21 Oct 2018society, AMAZON, online shopping
BKB, the giant shopping group is the third Amazon shopping giant rival to take major retail premises in Oxford Street to function as a ‘reality showroom’ for the virtual shopper. CEO Jasinder Khan announced the purchase of four floors of prime space in the Glan Building department store close to Bond Street.
14 Oct 1066HASTINGS, NORMANS,‘We’ve gone and bloody well done it – Normans heading down hill in full retreat’. Typical of multiple tweets, this example was discovered last month by archaeologists excavating the skeleton of a housecarl on the field of Hastings.
8 Oct 2018immigration, restaurants, balti Hi, There is an easy answer to the UK’s shortage of Balti chefs raised in your issue of 14 Aug 2018. We could adapt the old Equity union rules by which British actors were allowed to appear in Broadway shows if an equivalent number of American actors could appear in the West End. We could do the same by permitting a specified number of Balti chefs from the Indian sub-continent to be part of an exchange with an equal number of Morris dancers. Simples!
Des Pocock Hinkley, Leicestershire
28 Oct 2018Obituaries, RESTAURANTS, Elsa Crake, former barristers’ clerk who rose to become the ‘Queen of the Table touts’ who boasted she could secure, at a price, a table at any restaurant in London.
Danny Beal, who came from a humble farming background in County Cork, rose through the construction industry and developed the first plastic scaffolding system to be generally adopted and dominated the market.
Davina Feather, pioneering architect famous – many say infamous – for her large scale use of the simulated cloth cladding technology. Her iconic geomorphic buildings which were said to be ‘more like upholstery that construction’.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
25 Oct 2018CRIME, ENOCH POWELL, STABBINGS‘Enoch may have got it wrong about those “rivers of blood” but we have certainly got a trickle.’ David Bartram, CP MP for Airville (Wing Park North) on the London stabbings.
‘The only creatures with clean hands in the City of London are the workers who tend to the toilets and the carp in the atria ponds’
Prof Glyn Owen
17 Oct 2018 SOCIETY, LATEY,
In his contentious analysis of the state of UK society today, A Raspberry for the Common Man, Thomas Latey expands on Dr Karl Klinger’s report for Sidcup Analytica, asserting that the general public is no longer fit for purpose. See Tomorrow’s The Second Post.
11 Oct 2018cooking, dessert, apples
TATIN SANS TARTE
This has been a fabulous year for apples with branches groaning with fruit. This is how I deal with slightly bruised windfalls. The whiteness of the cream makes the dark apple look pleasingly evil. This dish is for those who like Tarte Tatin but don’t want to faff around making pastry.
Remove peel and bruised areas and chop into largish irregular shapes. Put into a saucepan of water and add lots of Muscovy sugar, nuts and sultanas. Simmer for quite a long time over a low flame stirring occasionally. Allow to cool and then chill in the fridge. Just before serving splash and stir in some liqueur. For a seriously sweet tooth use Cointreau, Disaronno or a sweet sherry. Gerald and I prefer something fiery (wouldn’t you have guessed it!) like a slivovitz or vodka or rum brandy, or a tautologous Armagnac.
(Taken from Jacaranda Finch’s High Cooking, the No-nonsense Book of Haute Cuisine Ravelin Books £7.99)
NEXT WEEK: Clay pigeon stew
2 Nov 2018SOCIETY. Thomas LATEY, GENERAL PUBLIC TOMORROW IN THE SECOND POST
In his highly controversial analysis of the state of UK society today Thomas Latey alleges that ‘Among its most catastrophic shortcomings its habit of constantly sending send out ‘very mixed signals’ to their politicians on such crucial issues as Brexit and which political party should run the country.
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24 Oct 2018Cavanaugh, justice
Widely tipped for Best Actor in the Real Life Oscar Awards: Brett Kavanaugh’s heart-rending performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month could win him the Oscar which would guarantee him a leading part in Supreme Court, one of the US’s longest running series.
24 Oct 2018
MOTORING, DRIVERLESS VEHICLES, taxis Next week sees the first series of auditions of candidates from the cast of EastEnders to voice-up cabbies’ monologues for future use in driverless taxis.
15 Oct 2018
ETIQUETTE, CARDIAC SURGERY, SNP
Scottish MP Linda Finlay is in trouble again. In a tweet offering her sympathy with victims of the Kinley Bridge fatal rail accident last month, Ms Finlay who represents Cairness South tweeted using the initials MYHGO instead of the full ‘My heart goes out’. It unleashed a furious Twitter storm criticising her for causing deep offence with her use of ‘abbreviated grief’. She has since apologised and removed the tweet.
4 Oct 2018 ART, AUCTIONS, INVESTMENT, overvaluation
In a series of ‘leaks’ to the media last week early trial results of a new app designed to more accurately place vuluations on contemporary art have sent a shudder through the international community of dealers and collectors. Developed in Wupertal in Germany and due to go online within the next two months, the Freibourg Cho Index, which brings a data-heavy approach to art fashion trends forecasting techniques. This augments standard stats such as spending indicators by sectors, artists’ previous sales, media volume. The FCI is expected to challenge the pre-eminence of the existing indexes. The word is that as well as reinforcing some established reputations, multiple big name artists could be written down.
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