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Subvertising Farage

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What happens when you don't really have attention to detail

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I thought I'd save myself trudging through the shit-caked streets of Great Grimsby with a fragile light bulb after the kitchen light had blown, so I ordered from Amazon.

This is what I needed:


This is what I got:

University tuition fees in England the highest in the world

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More info here, from the Council for the Defence of the British University

The Viking Way: Part 2 (of 13) - Barnetby Le Wold to Caistor

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This section is 8 miles and essentially moves through a horn of Viking settlements (come on, it has to be the collective noun) with the -by suffix, meaning 'village of' - so the villages of Mr Big, Mr Somer, Mr Sear, Mr Owm, Mr Gras, Mr Clix, Mr Audle and Mr Fona - leading us ultimately to the high point of the Roman town of Caistor ('tor' means high rock, rocky peak) - and, obviously, the low point of being town drunks in the country market square, but judge thee not, those Viking roots go deep, baby... It's hard to imagine those original Viking settlements now, as the more recent settlers are the monied diaspora from the urban populations of England, with their gated mansions and elegantly-maintained-by-proles lawns - however, it is a little easier to get a feel for the medieval people of the area, as there is a beautifully maintained (by the Churches Conservation Trust) little church, which is not 'in operation', but is open for a look around.
Once agai…

Freedom to Learn Section II: Responsible Freedom in the Classroom (part three) - An unusual science course in a university

In this chapter, professor of neurophysiology Dr Herbert Levitan tells the story of how he introduced more freedom to learn into his science course – with Carl Rogers inserting comments from time to time to give his understanding of what went on.
An experiment in facilitating the learning of neurophysiology I.Introduction The professor’s traditionally organised course was too demanding for some, with enrolment dropping from 120 to 60 and then to 40 and drop-outs at 30-40%. Students were voting with their feet. So, over several years, he re-evaluated his methods and his whole philosophy of education (having read Freedom to Learn), in particular making a shift in the spectrum of control from lecturer authority to facilitator of student learning. Rogers applauds the gradual approach as the most appropriate and successful way of change. Thus, in the spring of 1979, the professor offered a course “which was conducted in a manner quite different from the way I had previously offered it, and…

The Birth of Venus

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Ottorino Respighi: Botticelli Triptych, Third Movement (1927)

Adoration of the Magi

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Ottorino Respighi: Botticelli Triptych, Second Movement (1927)