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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:09 am

ITV bans all-male comedy writing teams (BBC)
ITV will no longer commission comedy shows with all-male writers' rooms, the broadcaster's head of comedy has said.

Saskia Schuster said she realised last year that "an awful lot of my comedy entertainment shows are made up of all-male writing teams".

She said: "Too often the writing room is not sensitively run. It can be aggressive and slightly bullying."

She has now changed ITV's contracts, and female writers have been hired to join shows like ITV2's Celebability.

There has been "a significant lack of shows written by women or with women on the writing teams", she said.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:24 am

You can’t have male factors in your writing teams without malefactors.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:31 am

Brits aren't funny anyway.

Better stick to old American reruns written by Jews.

Note that show-biz Italians count as Jews at least for comedy, and it's OK to be an Arab if everybody thinks you're Jewish (like Danny Thomas). :BigGrin3:

You can get away with being a real-o true-lo Gentile it you're Bob Hope, but not otherwise. :notsure:
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Post by Witness » Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:47 am

Police spend millions each year on suspended officers

Police forces are spending an estimated £5 million a year on suspended officers, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal, amid concern that disciplinary investigations are taking too long to complete.

Figures obtained under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request found that almost £12 million was paid out in wages to officers who had been suspended from duty between 2014 and 2018.

But only 26 of the 43 forces in England and Wales responded, with the Metropolitan Police among those that failed to provide information.

Across the country it is thought the overall figure for the past four years will be in excess of £20 million, equating to at least £5 million a year.

An officer can be suspended for a variety of reasons, ranging from professional misconduct to allegations of criminal behaviour.
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/0 ... -officers/

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Wed Jun 19, 2019 2:23 am

Hmmm, 5 million a year on suspended officers but we really need resources to arrest over 3000 people a year for offensive tweets. I know, let’s cut homicide detective numbers by 25%!

Gotta prioritize!

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:12 am

Children pulled out of schools built on toxic landfill site after pupils test positive for high levels of arsenic

Concerned parents are pulling their children out of schools in Scotland and teachers are expected to strike after several pupils showed up to six times higher levels of arsenic in their blood.

It comes after four teachers had been diagnosed with a rare bladder cancer and another pupil had been removed from one of the schools after more than a year of sickness.

Calls to close two schools pending investigation, in North Lanarkshire, built on a toxic landfill site are growing after a boy went blind and tests revealed levels of arsenic in his system three times that of normal levels.

Autistic first-year pupil Tommi Morgan lost his eyesight just three months after starting at Buchanan High in Scotland.

Two SNP councillors are now demanding North Lanarkshire Council to shut both St Ambrose High and Buchanan High schools in Coatbridge for tests, despite reassurances the site is safe.

Kirsten Larson and Allan Stubbs said the schools should remain closed until a Scottish Government review is complete, after reports a second child was found with high levels of arsenic in their system.
https://www.itv.com/news/2019-06-18/cal ... f-arsenic/

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:28 pm

Boris Johnson: police called to loud altercation at potential PM's home

Exclusive: Neighbour records shouting and banging at flat MP shares with Carrie Symonds

Police were called to the home of Boris Johnson and his partner, Carrie Symonds, in the early hours of Friday morning after neighbours heard a loud altercation involving screaming, shouting and banging.

The argument could be heard outside the property where the potential future prime minister is living with Symonds, a former Conservative party head of press.

A neighbour told the Guardian they heard a woman screaming followed by “slamming and banging”. At one point Symonds could be heard telling Johnson to “get off me” and “get out of my flat”.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... _clipboard

Mark Field grabs a climate protester by the neck – and parts of the right cheer him on

This incident is a chilling reminder of the misogyny, contempt for dissent and class privilege that blights our society [sic :mrgreen: ]

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... ight-cheer

Mark Field suspended as minister after grabbing activist

Mark Field has been suspended as a Foreign Office minister after grabbing a female Greenpeace activist at a black-tie City dinner.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-politics-48718725


Now, now, where is the famous British phlegm? :twisted:

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Giz » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:53 pm

Sounds like Johnson is going for a no-deal exit from the shared apartment

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:50 am

Mystery as pagan altar and symbol unearthed in Edinburgh’s Holyrood Park

Two mysterious pagan objects have been removed from a secluded part of Holyrood Park after they were uncovered by chance, the Evening News can reveal.

Archaeologists were called in after the remains of a concrete “altar” and a pagan metal plaque were discovered on Whinny Hill above St Margaret’s Loch.

The ornate metal plaque, which experts have confirmed to the Evening News as likely to be pagan, was found embedded in the ground within a sod of turf cut in a triangle shape. It depicted two figures – a male figure with horns and a female figure in a surrender pose – set within a pentagram within a circle.

The pentagram is a recognised symbol of paganism and is also used in devil worship.

The second find was a concrete “altar” with display objects found next to the plinth. Both were buried beneath topsoil.

Specialists were called in by park guardians Historic Environment Scotland after the bizarre items were found in May last year.

But, even more curiously, according to a new report compiled by Musselburgh-based firm CFA Archaeology Ltd and seen by the Evening News, both had been removed “by persons unknown” at some point before they investigated the site in April this year, leaving just the concrete plinth and holes in the turf.

Mark Black, president of the UK Pagan Council, said the plaque was mostly likely pagan after the images of the find were shown to him yesterday.

He said the points of the pentagram depict the four elements, earth, fire, air and water.

According to Mr Black, the two figures are the Horned God and the Goddess of Water.

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Clearly a satanic Celtic conspiracy to sink Brexit! :x

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:38 am

And here I thought Japan had the coolest manhole covers. 8)
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Jul 04, 2019 1:37 am

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Post by Anaxagoras » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:19 pm

UK slavery network 'had 400 victims'
Members of a gang behind the biggest modern-day slavery network ever exposed in the UK have been jailed.
Police believe more than 400 victims were put to work in the West Midlands by the organised crime gang.
They tricked vulnerable people from Poland into England with the promise of work and a better life.
But their victims were made to live in rat-infested houses and work menial jobs, it can now be reported after reporting restrictions were lifted.
Eight offenders, who police say are members and associates of two Polish crime families, have been jailed after being convicted in two separate trials of crimes including trafficking, conspiracy to require another to perform forced labour and money laundering.
As both the victims and the perpetrators appear to be Polish, I'd say this is more of an EU story (of which Britain is still technically a member).

Who thought that freedom of movement within the EU might lead to slavery?
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:22 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Fri Jul 05, 2019 5:19 pm
Who thought that freedom of movement within the EU might lead to slavery?
I don't think it's cause and effect like that.

After all you see similar cases in the US every so often, mostly Chinese.
But there isn't "freedom of movement" between the US and China.
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Re: The UK thread

Post by Witness » Sat Jul 06, 2019 1:29 am

Tax-funded research by Rees-Mogg’s ERG must be released, tribunal rules

Long-running openDemocracy investigation sees ruling that the public has a right to see research produced by the pro-Brexit European Research Group.

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The European Research Group is one of the most powerful forces in British politics – and also one of the most secretive. The cadre of pro-Brexit Tory MPs, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, refuses to even say who its members are.

But now documents produced by the ERG and given to Parliament’s standards watchdog will be made public for the first time. The move follows a ruling by a judicial body in response to a long-running openDemocracy investigation.

The ERG played a pivotal role in forcing Theresa May from Number 10 and is now widely seen as backing Boris Johnson. It has received hundreds of thousands of pounds in public funds for its work. Many of its papers are for internal consumption but previous public ERG reports have been branded “dreamland stuff”.

The ERG is part-funded by subscriptions paid out of MPs’ parliamentary expenses. As a consequence the group has to supply samples of its research for scrutiny to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority to ensure public money is being properly spent and not used for party political campaigning.

IPSA, the body set up in the wake of the MPs’ expenses scandal, has continually refused to make public the ERG’s documents. But after a year-and-a-half-long openDemocracy investigation, an information rights tribunal has ruled that IPSA must release material that the ERG has given it. Transparency campaigners and opposition politicians have welcomed the ruling.

In January 2018 openDemocracy asked IPSA to release the ERG research it held, under freedom of information law. But the parliamentary watchdog refused. An appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office was also rejected.

But last month the information tribunal ruled that the ERG research materials must be made public. Releasing them would “further transparency, accountability and public trust with respect to the working of Parliament”, the tribunal said.
https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/dark-m ... nal-rules/ for more.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by asthmatic camel » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:29 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Wed Jun 19, 2019 12:31 am
Brits aren't funny anyway.
Yes, we are.
Shit happens. The older you get, the more often shit happens. So you have to try not to give a shit even when you do. Because, if you give too many shits, you've created your own shit creek and there's no way out other than swimming through the shit. Oh, and fuck.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Rob Lister » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:31 pm

Funny how?

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Re: The UK thread

Post by asthmatic camel » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:39 pm

absurd
amusing
droll
entertaining
hilarious
ludicrous
playful
ridiculous
silly
whimsical
farcical
facetious
waggish
priceless

Take your pick.

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Rob Lister » Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:45 pm

Like ha ha funny?

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Re: The UK thread

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:16 pm

Rob Lister wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 2:45 pm
Like ha ha funny?
See what I mean about show-biz Italians?

But of course Brits are funny compared to Norwegians or Belgians for example. :)
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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Sat Jul 06, 2019 3:18 pm

BTW, having "funny" names (such as Rees Mogg or Lord Ramsbottom) doesn't quite count Old Boy.
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