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Need to Know is a useful and interesting UK digest of things that happened last month or might happen next month. You can read it on Friday afternoon or print it out then take it home if you have nothing better to do. It is compiled by NTK from stuff they get sent. Registered at the Post Office as "well, you wouldn't want to pull teeth too often"
technology  news  uk  newsletter  thewaythingswere 
december 2018 by kme
Auld Lang Syne - Wikipedia
The song's Scots title may be translated into standard English as "old long since", or more idiomatically, "long long ago",[5] "days gone by" or "old times". Consequently, "For auld lang syne", as it appears in the first line of the chorus, might be loosely translated as "for (the sake of) old times".

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music  uk 
september 2017 by kme
Brexit: Why The U.K. Left the European Union - The Atlantic
But here’s a domestic question for American leaders and thinkers.

The force that turned Britain away from the European Union was the greatest mass migration since perhaps the Anglo-Saxon invasion. 630,000 foreign nationals settled in Britain in the single year 2015. Britain’s population has grown from 57 million in 1990 to 65 million in 2015, despite a native birth rate that’s now below replacement. On Britain’s present course, the population would top 70 million within another decade, half of that growth immigration-driven.
eu  uk  world  politics 
june 2016 by kme
Enforcing high heels in the office is the height of workplace sexism | Women in Leadership | The Guardian
We know how you dress is no longer a signifier of success or importance, Steve Jobs’ dedication to jeans and trainers ended that, so why do we still feel it’s necessary to dictate the type of shoes that women wear? Yes, dress codes might ask men to wear ties and not apply this rule to women but there’s one clear difference here: unless your office takes its influences from Fifty Shades of Grey, there is nothing particularly sexual about a tie. High heels on the other hand, they’re designed to sexualise women. They lengthen our legs, change the way we walk and, whether we intend it or not, make us more attractive to both sexes.

When you’re a working woman there can be advantages to heels, particularly if you’re the shortest person in a room filled with tall men who want to literally talk over your head. They can elevate you, force you to throw your shoulders back and lift your head up, they can make you feel powerful. But that power comes from choice, when I walk around the office in a pair of shoes that risk my ankles it is my decision, and there is power in the freedom to make that decision. For some reason I don’t believe that Portico wants its female employees to feel empowered by their shoes, if they did they wouldn’t have minded so much when one of them pointed out the company’s blatantly sexist policy. So why is it so wedded to this outdated dress code?

It’s not enough to have a professional, competent receptionist welcoming your guests, she also needs to be sexy. Because for some reason companies still seem to think that true success is coming through the door to a woman who is both beddable and biddable, the 1950s housewife brought into the office. And there’s nothing empowering about that, no matter what shoes you wear.
dresscodes  gender  uk  heels  business 
may 2016 by kme
A Stiff Upper Lip Is Killing British Men | VICE United Kingdom []
Alcoholism is also significantly more prevalent in men, linked largely to self-medicating mental illness. My paternal grandfather fought at Normandy and survived by technicality alone, the untold horrors he’d seen gouging away at his sanity until he was able to do little else but drink. Born six years after D-Day, my dad grew up like so many baby-boomers, with a father whose deep emotional repression left him unable to love, let alone talk about any of his feelings. It’s a hereditary condition; men raised by men unable to communicate emotionally, the symptoms of what we now know as PTSD becoming synonymous with masculinity. Which is wildly fucked up when you stop to consider it.
manhood  health  article  uk 
october 2014 by kme
Every Email In UK To Be Monitored - Slashdot

I've got a quote for her, too, from a Prime Minister of days gone by, William Pitt:

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
uk  surveillance  thewaythingswere  privacy 
march 2014 by kme

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