MPs expense claims shredded « UK Liberty

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THE House of Commons has shredded more than 1m documents detailing expenses claims by MPs that were due to be revealed to the public.
The Commons authorities said last week they had destroyed all documents for MPs up to April 2004, even though official guidelines state that such records should be kept for six years.
MPs expense claims shredded « UK Liberty.

(This from the Sunday Times, but site seems to be down - so this link instead. So they want to keep our phone records for years, but shred the expense claims of the rulers. Banana republic or just another accident?)

Jeremy Clarkson on Norway – Times Online

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I can’t imagine the whiteboard is for any sort of management meeting because in the whole of human history Norway’s only contributions have been the
paperclip and the cheese slicer. Only Australia has achieved less, with the rotary washing line.

Jeremy Clarkson on Norway - Times Online

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“Contextomy” – a type of false attribution in which a passage is removed from its surrounding matter in such a way as to distort its intended meaning.

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It’s a familiar story. A new novel receives lukewarm reviews and slips into oblivion. But six months later the paperback arrives in shops, plastered with adulatory quotes from reviewers. Strange, you think - until you remember that publishers regularly pluck tiny positive phrases from otherwise critical notices. Whether “gripping”, “revelatory”, or “hilarious”, the combined impression can be that this book was universally adored.Does this mislead naive book buyers? We may be about to find out. The new EU Unfair Commercial Practices Directive outlaws “contextomy” - a type of false attribution in which a passage is removed from its surrounding matter in such a way as to distort its intended meaning. The directive targets companies who “falsely claim accreditation” for their products by “not being true to the terms of the [original] endorsement”. To be enforced in the UK by the Office of Fair Trading, it carries a maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine or two years in prison. West End theatre companies are first in the firing line.

“Contextomy” - a type of false attribution in which a passage is removed from its surrounding matter in such a way as to distort its intended meaning.

Australian Alpaca Association Forum – Using Alpacas to Reduce Fox Predation

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Australian Alpaca Association Forum - Using Alpacas to Reduce Fox Predation.

An idea picked up by Prince Charles who according to the Sunday Times is using them to protect a flock of 450 sheep from foxes.

Dress sense for the forty-year old man: Lott, Petridis, T2.

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Petridis have been going on for some time on men’s fashion in The Guardian and this week we saw The Times’ T2 magazine launch a style column for the younger middle aged male (with a boring little piece on watches), as well as Tim Lott trying to get smarter in The Observer. It makes sense. Men in the forties (still) have some cash to spend and would have grown up on The Face and later Arena magazine.

How long until we see the first specialist website?