Draw The Line — Discover

“It turns out that comics can touch the soul like no other art form.” This website brings together over 100 comic artists, each illustrating positive, non-partisan political actions that people can take if they want to make a difference.

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We Must Do More For Those Who Have Served Their Country — UK Politics – The Huffington Post

I was privileged to attend the summer ball held at Grosvenor House by Care After Combat, a wonderful charity which helps veterans struggling with alcohol and substance abuse and goes into prisons to provide therapy and counselling. Guests included cabinet ministers David Davis and Michael Gove; Katherine Jenkins, who is a trustee of the charity,…

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Surrey announces plans to save up to £2 million-a-year from community recycling centres at a time of unprecedented financial pressure — Surrey News

Surrey County Council has launched a consultation on proposals to save up to £2 million-a-year from community recycling centres while maintaining a high quality service at a time of unprecedented financial pressure. With the council having to save more than £100million this year alone, residents are being asked for their views on options for making […]

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London could lose out as ECB seeks control of euro clearing after Brexit – the guardian

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VEKA reservist soldier celebrates Reserves Day with Certificate of Commendation — Architecture, Design

Mark Schofield, a VEKA employee who also serves in the Army Reserve has been commended for his Distinguished Service as part of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus. The reserve chef was among a select group of 15 from a company of around 250 to receive the certificate from Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Royce. […]

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The Perils Of Trying To Be Clever In Any Language Other Than Your Native One

Did you know that Sir John Major’s career as British Prime Minister was finished as a result of a Treaty which was signed on another planet in our Solar System???

The above is the only conclusion I can come to whenever I hear UK journalists and Politicians discuss the Treaty which was actually signed in a Dutch city I have visited called Maastricht.  Please note – there is no “r” in the first part of the name. The closest pronunciation to an accurate rendition of the placename (for English speakers) is “Mass-tricht”.

Today I caught a glimpse of the back page of one of the UK tabloids – where I found what was actually a reasonable attempt at a pun on a Dutch surname.  Well, Dijk and Strijk rhyme when pronounced correctly (they both also rhyme with the English “strike” – which was what I think the headline writer was trying to go for).  However, if a Dutch person utters the word “Strijk” they are not talking about withdrawal of labour as an act of protest – they are talking about ironing.

I have blogged before about how it really hurts my ears when Dutch names are so badly mangled by English speakers that I have to see them written down in order to understand them.

It is all very well trying to make jokes and puns using a language which is not your native one. However, might I suggest that you try to learn enough of the other language so you don’t run the risk of causing offence when you do???

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This is wrong on so many levels I don’t

This is wrong on so many levels I don’t know where to begin https://twitter.com/TelegraphNews/status/877782973717688322

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