The British resistance is coming at you with Google docs

April 23, 2017

Everyone loves a good spreadsheet, right?!Image: Christopher Mineses / mashable The resistance is alive in Britain, and it’s armed with a spreadsheet. A super detailed, exquisitely crafted Google spreadsheet called “How to Vote to Stop the Tories” started doing the rounds on social media almost immediately after a snap election was called last Tuesday. SEE ALSO: This woman’s outraged response to the general election has gone gloriously viral It’s a detailed guide …

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UK’s online shoppers top global spending survey – BBC News

April 22, 2017

Cinema tickets Entertainment – such as cinema and concert tickets, takeaway orders and music downloads – accounted for one in four online card purchases in the UK. Some 67% of concert ticket spending and 61% of cinema, theatre and dance spending was made online, the association’s figures showed. The popularity of renewing contracts such as insurance cover online, and payments into bank accounts over the internet also meant financial services registered considerable activity …

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General election 2017: Jeremy Corbyn vows to ‘change poll’s course’ – BBC News

April 20, 2017

… people don’t want us to win. Because when we win, it’s the people, not the powerful, who win.” What you need to know about the general election Which MPs are going – and which ones might return? Corbyn rules out SNP coalition PM says no to election debates Gates urges UK to protect foreign aid He will add: “They say I don’t play by the rules – their rules. We can’t win, they say, because we don’t play their game. “They’re quite …

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Why some Brits are opting for Belgian citizenship – BBC News

April 16, 2017

She described it as her insurance policy. “If the UK had voted to leave it would have been essential for me to stay in Europe with no worries,” she explained. “If the UK had voted to stay then it was a vote of confidence in my now home country.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Just over a thousand UK citizens currently work for the EU Commission Questions and rumours abound in the expat community, from which commune has the most relaxed attitude …

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Online dating can be even more challenging if you’re a farmer

April 16, 2017

… understand it 31-year-old Mark Jervis an arable farmer in Warwickshire, UK entered the world of online dating four years ago in an effort to broaden his horizons after a big breakup and a series of “unsuccessful” flings with women in the area. But, finding a likeminded person in the local area who he didn’t already know proved challenging. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsWP Image App Enterprise WP Image Applet’s you find UNLIMITED, footprint-free and …

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How many bombs has Britain dropped in 2017? – BBC News

April 15, 2017

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There’s no need for April Fools’ Day because we’re living in a fake news nightmare

April 2, 2017

… Fools’ Day disclaimer. Krispy Kreme’s not-so-funny April Fools’ prank. Image: krispy kreme On Thursday, several major news outlets in the UK fell foul to a prank by Krispy Kreme. The doughnut brand claimed it would be changing its name to “Krispy Cream” because Brits didn’t know how to pronounce the word “Kreme”. “Krispy Kreme UK is getting a more ‘English-friendly’ name so people stop mispronouncing it,” declared a …

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Daily Mail is getting dragged all over town for this mindblowingly sexist front page

March 29, 2017

“Newspaper of the year” the Daily Mail is getting dragged after publishing a headline declaring “Forget about Brexit, who won Legs-it!” alongside a photograph of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and British Prime Minister Theresa May on its front page. SEE ALSO: How to talk about the new UK prime minister’s shoes without being sexist The front page was first published on Twitter on Monday night, instantly prompting a stream of criticism from politicians, …

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MPs deny foreign aid cash being ‘wasted’ – BBC News

March 28, 2017

In the report, MPs backed the decision to commit to spending 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid. The 0.7% target, which was enshrined in law in 2015, has been criticised by some MPs and some aid projects have faced fierce criticism in media coverage. UK aid: Generosity or wasted spending? Does the UK give more aid than other countries? The committee said it understood concerns that foreign aid, unlike most domestic spending, is protected. But the MPs supported the move, saying “we have no …

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MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote – BBC News

March 28, 2017

Follow the debate on Holyrood Live Ms Sturgeon wants the backing of the Scottish Parliament in pursuing a “Section 30” order from the UK government. The power to call a referendum is reserved to Westminster, and this order would transfer the authority to hold a vote to Holyrood. The debate on the motion started a week ago, on 21 March, but the two-day debate was suspended when Holyrood business was halted in the wake of the fatal attack at Westminster. Ms Sturgeon wants a …

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PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting – BBC News

March 27, 2017

The first minister has said that a second referendum should be held ahead of the UK’s EU departure to give the people of Scotland a choice between what she calls a “hard Brexit” and becoming an independent country. Nut Ms May has warned that a second referendum will make the UK “looser and weaker”. What is Article 50? Do voters want a second referendum? All you need to know about Brexit Brexit deal must meet six tests, says Labour Triggering Article 50 begins …

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13 feminists with legendary Twitter game

March 26, 2017

… (@SofieHagen) February 27, 2016 3. Shappi Khorsandi Shappi Khorsandi isn’t a stranger to adversity. The British comedian and author penned an autobiography called A Beginner’s Guide to Acting English about her experiences trying to fit in after moving from Iran to the UK. Along with culture and diversity, the comedian speaks out on behalf of women on social media and in her novels. #WeStandWithZoe Hey @TheSun, whilst you’re at it you could comment on the fact I’m …

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London mayor shuts down Trump Jr. tweet: I have more important things to do

March 24, 2017

… “You use a terrorist attack on our city to attack London’s Mayor for your own political gain,” he wrote. “You’re a disgrace.” A journalist for UK broadcaster Channel 4 accused Trump of mischaracterizing Khan’s words — suggesting that he didn’t read past the article’s lead paragraph. “Is this helpful @DonaldJTrumpJr?” Ciaran Jenkins wrote. “Did you even read the article before goading London’s Mayor during a …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… stone by roughly the Autumn of 2018, six months before the conclusion of the two-year Article 50 “window” – or at least by the end of said window in Spring 2019. But the Westminster government contend that there will only be an informed view of the post-Brexit Union some time after the UK has actually left the EU, once trade deals have been hammered out and the new arrangements have had time to “bed in”. They don’t want to get into speculation about what year …

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Brexit: David Davis warns MPs to leave bill unchanged – BBC News

March 12, 2017

Ping pong bill Mr Davis will also call on the Commons to consider a vote that guarantees the rights of EU citizens in the UK. “However they voted in the referendum, the majority of people now want the prime minister to be able to get on with the job,” he said. The amendments were made to the Brexit bill after they were backed by a majority of peers, most recently last week. Labour, which claims it is the only party with a “radical vision” for Brexit, has also appealed …

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Are we living in a golden age of satire? – BBC News

March 10, 2017

… pro-Brexit stand-up comedian in the UK “The stereotype of a working-class Leave voter is perhaps a bit ignorant, uneducated, possibly racist – like we all took one bite on a straight banana and started setting fire to croissants. “I know those people exist, but I don’t honestly think that that was the broad sweep of the working-class vote. “Hopefully if you hear someone talk who’s reasonably informed on the subject, it might make people think ‘well …

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Sturgeon: Autumn 2018 ‘common sense’ for indyref2 – BBC News

March 10, 2017

… is “highly likely” following last year’s Brexit vote. Scotland voted by 62% to 38% to remain inside the EU, and the Scottish government argues that access to the single market after Brexit is vital to the country’s interests. Image copyright PA Image caption Indyref2 could potentially leave Scots choosing between the EU and the UK Interviewed by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg for a BBC documentary to be broadcast on Thursday, she gave her clearest indication …

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Brexit: UK ‘not obliged’ to pay divorce bill say peers – BBC News

March 4, 2017

The question of what, if anything, the UK remains financially liable for after Brexit is likely to be one of the flashpoints in negotiations when they begin in earnest. Potential sticking points are likely to include: Whether already-agreed contributions to the EU budget should be honoured and up to what point What the UK should pay to continue to participate in EU programmes such as Erasmus Whether the UK chooses to pay to retain access to the single market on a transitional basis Related …

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What might a post-Brexit EU look like? – BBC News

March 4, 2017

… about Nato and whether it is all worth it. Others are dismayed by the British decision to leave, but after getting over the initial shock – and it really was a shock – they too are determined to make the best of it. And when it comes to negotiating the UK divorce bill, make no mistake. For the people who matter, the unity of the remaining 27 is more important than trying not to upset the Brits as they wave goodbye. The bill will be big – up to 60 billion euros – and …

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Delay Brexit if no trade deal reached, say business leaders – BBC News

March 1, 2017

But it continued: “Should this prove impossible, we should seek an extension to the negotiating period to enable completion of both agreements concurrently.” Business Secretary Greg Clark and shadow chancellor John McDonnell will be among those addressing the conference in London. BCC director general Adam Marshall said: “Business communities across the UK want practical considerations, not ideology or politics, at the heart of the government’s approach to Brexit …

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HMP Berwyn: How does biggest prison compare to others? – BBC News

February 28, 2017

… getting it off on the right foot.” But just how much difference will HMP Berwyn make, and does it herald a new era for prisons in England and Wales? 1.It will be the biggest prison in the UK – just @-webkit-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-webkit-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-webkit-transform:rotate(360deg);} } @-moz-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-moz-transform:rotate(0deg);} to{-moz-transform:rotate(360deg);} } @-ms-keyframes spinnerRotate { from{-ms-transform:rotate(0deg);} …

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