It must seem strange indeed that God Almighty shou'd make a being, with such a nature; or such a defect in nature; and at the same time make a decree that if that being whome he had formed, shou'd at any time follow the dictates of that Nature with which he was formed he shou'd be punished with death. … [Read more...] about Georgian attitudes towards homosexuality were more tolerant than previously thought, 210-year-old diary of a Yorkshire farmer reveals
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His prediction came true, although it was far worse than he imagined with GM withdrawing from Australia altogether instead of selling its cars under a different name. … [Read more...] about The end of the road for Holden: Car brand announces all sales, design and engineering will stop forever – leaving hundreds without jobs and ending 72 years of tradition
The Pennine Way in its entirety is one of the world’s great running challenges, with many an epic battle having been fought along its windswept miles. The current record is 65 hours, 20 minutes and 15 seconds, set by Mike Hartley in July 1989; and last month Jasmin Paris took the overall record for the annual Montane Spine Race, which is run non-stop on the same route (but in winter and without support), completing it in 83 hours, 12 minutes and 23 seconds. … [Read more...] about Six of the best wild trail runs in the UK
So even if you didn’t much like where the coalition had got to on savings, it was coherent. I was, therefore, mystified by pre-budget reports of a new “Help to Save” scheme. After years of savaging the welfare state, David Cameron has now decided an all-out war on poverty will be his legacy, and he says that encouraging the poor to “build up a rainy day fund” must be part of that. And thus – without any fresh evidence, and with more painful benefit cuts in the pipeline – the PM is now set to reinvent the Saving Gateway he previously abolished, complete with the same 50p match for a pound of saving, payable after the same two-year wait. … [Read more...] about This Tory budget for savers has an all-too familiar ring
But just as those attending West End shows are well advised not to read too much into the notices that say “stunning” or “extraordinary” plastered outside the theatre, experience shows that budgets don’t always live up to their advance billing. Osborne’s eighth budget is not going to be the equivalent of Hamlet or the Duchess of Malfi, with corpses littering the stage in the final act. … [Read more...] about Budget 2016: is George Osborne asleep at the wheel of UK’s economy?