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One line thoughts of the day.

There is so much rejoicing from teachers and parents over the removal of the appalling Michael Gove from education that you’re sure it’s being used to bury bad news. So presumably David Cameron wants to bury the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill so badly he’s willing to sacrifice one of the most hated cabinet members to do so.

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Exciting news from Luna Rossa! They’ve just stated on Twitter that they’re well into recording their second album, with a release scheduled for Autumn, with an accompanying tour.

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So Wonga have been caught chasing debt using fake law firms. This bunch of malevolent sharks are the epitome of everything that’s wrong with David Cameron’s Britain. They deserve to have Russian soldiers planting their flag atop the ruins of Wonga HQ, while their CEO commits suicide in the bunker beneath. After which the surviving board members flee to the jungles of Paraguay, only to be hunted down and put on trial for their crimes.

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How to improve the British music scene, part 117. Feed Jools Holland and everyone responsible for booking bands on “Later” to the Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal.

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I see Tony Blair is bloviating about Iraq again. I don’t really care about what he has to say. I don’t remember any media pundits going to Spandau prison in Berlin in 1956 and asking any of the inmates what to do about the Suez crisis.

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Football would be a far more interesting game if you added tigers.

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So Richard Dawkins claims fairy tales are harmful to children because reasons. He’ll be coming after music next, after all, it’s made-up stuff that engages emotion rather than reason. His “Ian Paisley of Atheism” schtick is getting increasingly tiresome now. It makes me wonder if he’s really a deep-cover Anglican, on a mission to make Atheism look silly.

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As reported by diamond geezer, London Undergound’s C69 trains bow out today after 44 years service on the Circle, Hammersmith and City, and the Edgware Road branch of the District Line. Makes me feel old that I can remember the COP stock they replaced.

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Twitter’s 140 character limit is one of its great strengths, most of the time. But the downside is that Twitter is awful at nuance or at things that require context. Which means it all-too-easily turns very toxic in emotionally-charged situations.

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So the reactionary philistine Michael Gove is acting like a Soviet minister of culture in banning “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Of Mice And Men” from the school Engish curruculum on the grounds that they’re by non-British authors. If he really wants texts exclusively by dead white British males, may I suggest something by Iain Banks?

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