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Issue 1371
agri brigade
With Bio-Waste Spreader: "The latest humiliating shambles occurred this month, when the Royal Agricultural Society of England was forced to withdraw more than 40 silver cattle trophies from a fire sale of hundreds of its most precious historic artefacts being flogged to plug a £200,000 pension deficit. The last minute climbdown came in response to anger from a number of cattle breed societies and descendants of those who donated the silverware…”
medicine balls
With M.D.: "Fireworks at the high court in Liverpool with the damages hearing against the Christie NHS Trust, which is alleged to have employed an executive HR fixer who falsely imprisoned a whistleblower in order to extract a compromise agreement and gagging clause…”
signal failures
With Dr B Ching: "Normal electric trains for a stable rail network should be almost risk-free; but Super Express was designed by amateurs in Whitehall and nobody knows how future franchisees, government policies and “open access” train firms (eg. Grand Central) will buffet Super Express over the 28-year contract…”
eye tv
With Remote Controller: "Admittedly, Kelly didn’t make all this stuff up – he got these conspiracy theories off the internet – but it’s perhaps a different matter to dramatise them on TV. Caroline Kennedy and Princes William and Harry have had to put up with numerous books and films creating wild fantasies about how JFK and Diana might have died, and so the Neave, Sykes and Broughton families cannot reasonably expect to have a veto on depictions of their ancestors. But imagine how you might feel if you were a relative of one of the 1979 dead…
[Review of Utopia, Channel 4]…”
nooks and corners
With Piloti: "Much of the historic fabric of Birkenhead remains under threat – and not from the deliberate stupidity which has done for so much of Liverpool but more often, it seems, from the danger of “going on fire”, as they say in Glasgow...”
music and musicians
With Lunchtime O’Boulez: "On July 13 Norman Lebrecht posted an “exclusive insider’s report” on Lorin Maazel’s miraculous recovery from illness, accompanied by ecstatic narrative of how the maestro was back in business and how everyone was “thrilled” to be working with him again. Hours later that same day, he posted another story: Lorin Maazel dead…”
books and bookmen
With Bookworm: "While booksellers and publishers are trying to convince themselves that Super Thursday resembles a nationwide literary festival, others will be more reminded of First World War troops being sent over the top on a doomed mission by Melchett-style generals. The sheer volume of similar books published simultaneously ensures that few will succeed commercially…”
in the city
With Slicker: "So ahead of last week’s annual public meeting of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) it was announced that a QC had been hired to once again see whether action could be taken against those who ran HBOS into the ground – beyond corporate lending chief Peter Cummings, who was banned for life from the industry and fined £500,000 in 2012…”
Letter from Cairo
From Our Own Correspondent: "
While Sisi thinks of the children, his 2014-15 budget reduces subsidies for medicines and baby milk by over 50 percent and low-income family housing subsidies by 50 percent. The government has agreed to a rise of up to 80 percent in petrol prices, a 175 percent rise in gas fuel prices, and electricity price hikes. Meanwhile the budget of of Egypts’d army and judicial institutions increase by 28 percent to EGP49bn (£4bn) and subsidies allocated to military industry double to EGP2bn (£163m)…”
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