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The story of the project’s origins is shrouded in mystery, but what is known is that, because the residents couldn’t decide on what they wanted to build, they made three rules. The first was that, not only would they build without any plan or blueprint, they would not discuss the direction of the project at all. Second, when they were on the building site, no one was allowed to speak — at all. Third, the building would never be completed, because anyone at any point could decide to take it in a new direction.

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Source : Polis 

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Anti-abortion climate ‘will deter new generation of doctors’

A spokesperson for the BPAS said: “Abortion is a vital yet stigmatised area of women’s healthcare which few doctors train in. The current politicisation of abortion provision is likely to make it even harder to recruit a future generation of abortion doctors who are prepared to provide the care that a third of women will need in the course of their lifetimes.”

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Source : The Guardian

Fewer than half of state school teachers encourage Oxbridge applications

Fewer than half of state school teachers encourage Oxbridge applications

In reality, 57% of students admitted to Oxbridge are from state schools, the Sutton Trust said.

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Source : The guardian 

Olympics 2012: branding ‘police’ to protect sponsors’ exclusive rights

Britain already has a range of legal protections for brands and copyright holders, but the Olympic Games demand their own rules. Since the Sydney Games in 2000, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has required bidding governments to commit to introducing bespoke legislation to offer a further layer of legal sanction.

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Source : Guardian

Article: Al Murray on the Twitter joke trial: ‘Problem is, the law don’t do funny’

I did what I could to keep up with the flow of the legal argument and various examples of precedent. Where it seemed to be heading was this: context isn’t enough, if you’re going to make a joke, make sure that you make it clear that a joke’s a joke – if you make it clear that a joke is a joke, then it is a joke. So, when saying something you regard as a joke, in order to avoid loss of job and life ruination, say “joke!”

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Source : Guardian

Giles Fraser: ‘Economic justice is the number one moral issue in the Bible’

He characterises it as “frustratingly democratic” because when he has said to protesters “take me to your leader”, there has turned out to be no leader. And yet, as he remarks, the advantage of this is obvious: “You have to engage with the issues.”

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Source : The guardian

The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844

The bourgeoisie, on the other hand, is far better off under the present arrangement than under the old slave system; it can dismiss its employees at discretion without sacrificing invested capital, and gets its work done much more cheaply than is possible with slave labour, as Adam Smith comfortingly pointed out.

by Friedrich Engels

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