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Central London Tube on Flickr.

"CENTRAL LONDON TUBE. EVERY TRIP INVIGORATES YOU". No. No it doesn’t.

vintascope:

Central London Tube on Flickr.

"CENTRAL LONDON TUBE. EVERY TRIP INVIGORATES YOU". No. No it doesn’t.

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Danced, sang, laughed, drooled. Just a bit sexier than a singalong Sound Of Music. (at The Prince Charles Cinema)

Danced, sang, laughed, drooled. Just a bit sexier than a singalong Sound Of Music. (at The Prince Charles Cinema)

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Purple Rain Singalong #princecharlescinema with @omegons. The most fun I’ve ever had in a cinema. Or ever. (at The Prince Charles Cinema)

Purple Rain Singalong #princecharlescinema with @omegons. The most fun I’ve ever had in a cinema. Or ever. (at The Prince Charles Cinema)

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It states: “Rescue organisations have been putting considerable effort, for many years, into educating cat owners to neuter.

“These campaigns have often focused on the overpopulation message and the irresponsible behaviour associated with not neutering.

“However, the research found that such messaging is not a motivator for behaviour change because the reason that people do not neuter was underpinned with the incorrect belief that they were doing what was best for their cat - ie letting their cat have a litter of kittens.

“The research concluded that neutering needs to be repositioned as the act of a caring, loving cat owner and that the ‘one litter’ myth needs to be tackled head on.”

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The Daily Telegraph: RSPCA ‘full to capacity’ due to cat population crisis

Cats don’t need to have kittens. Be a responsible pet owner and get your cats neutured at a young age.

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Let me tell you about a woman who lives on state benefits.

She owned a house in an expensive bit of London, but after she got a public sector job in 2005 she got us to pay her mortgage interest AS WELL AS her salary.

She invited her parents and her brothers to live with her, her husband and children in this lovely, taxpayer-funded home.

They all visited her at the weekends in a second house in the countryside that she could afford to rent privately.

She twice increased her mortgage, first by £100,000 and then by £50,000, to fund refurbishment on this home where her entire family were living five days a week.

She claimed between £1,400 and £1,900 a month, every month, for four years.

She claimed despite the fact she was fairly wealthy – she had worked in advertising and marketing, her husband was a solicitor, and her new job she had a basic starting salary of £59,095.

Her pay rose, over four years, to £64,766 – a increase of 9.5%, and comfortably placing her among the top 5% of earners in the UK.

In 2009 there was a big scandal about a man in the same sort of job as her, who had claimed for a home his parents lived in, and who resigned in disgrace.

At exactly the same time, the woman stopped claiming.

Shortly afterwards she was promoted to a junior managerial role and got a pay rise to £89,435. Two years after that, she was promoted again to a job earning £134,565.

And David Cameron, the Prime Minister himself, who has for years been getting us to pay the interest on a £350,000 mortgage when he has a mortgage-free home in Kensington rented out at massive profit, and two free houses while he’s Prime Minister.

It’s not that MPs have to live in two different places, or employ staff, or eat breakfast, which bothers people.

It’s not even the fact they could manage with one house and a B&B, and don’t realise these are state benefits same as the pension, disability allowances or child tax credits.

It’s the fact that they seriously expect to make laws for other people which they have no intention of following themselves; that they genuinely cannot see a fiddle on their second homes puts them in the same category as a housing benefits cheat.

The rule of law applies to everyone equally, or it doesn’t apply at all. And that is the exact opposite of unfair.

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Source: Daily Mirror

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Animal Aid has, for many years, called for the Grand National to be banned. It is a deliberately hazardous race. A dangerously overcrowded field of 40 horses is forced to confront 30 extraordinarily challenging and treacherous jumps, over a course of four-and-a-half miles. Since 2000, 24 horses have died on the Grand National course and, over the course of the three-day meeting, 40 horses have been killed at the three-day in that same period.

Following the deaths of two horses in the 2011 Grand National, which were accidentally screened on live television, there was a fresh outpouring of anger that this sick spectacle is allowed to continue.

Defenders of the race peddle a variety of myths in their attempts to justify it:

"If the horses didn’t like it, they wouldn’t carry on running after their jockeys fall off"
Horses are herd animals. They feel safer when part of a group, especially in the noisy, often unfamiliar raceday environment.

"The horses enjoy the challenge"
They are not equal to the challenge. The modern industry concentrates on breeding lighter-boned, speedier animals for Flat racing. Less successful Flat racers, or those good at clearing fences, are consigned to jump racing. But, because they are fine-tuned for speed rather than skeletal strength, they risk fatal injury when they fall – a common occurrence at Aintree.

"The horses are treated like kings"
Evidence suggests that, every year, thousands of horses who don’t pay their way are slaughtered for meat or killed in their yards.

"Horses in the wild die too – death is natural"
There is nothing natural about whipping highly inbred horses to force them to run to their physical limit and jump a series of life-threatening obstacles.

Because Aintree and the industry as a whole make a concerted effort to conceal news of equine fatalities, Animal Aid is making that information public. Our online database, Race Horse Deathwatch, was established in March 2007 and lists horses who die on all of Britain’s 60 racecourses. It is this data that is now heavily relied upon by the media.

Our annual Horse Racing Awareness Week takes place in the seven days leading up to the country’s most famous race. We stage a series of high-profile media events to highlight the suffering involved in horse racing.

Please get involved with our campaign to Ban the Grand National and Horse Racing Awareness Week.

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— Source: Animal Aid
Further reading: League Against Cruel Sports

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Your social network is owned by advertisers.

Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.

We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.

We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce and manipulate — but a place to connect, create and celebrate life.

You are not a product.

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— Source: http://ello.co/manifesto