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A new job for Kate

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Really excited to hear about Kate Manning’s new job at The Phoenix. So I drew fanart: feat. Monkey from Bunny vs Monkey.  


Schools in the UK Are Now Asking Muslim Children to Fill Out “Counter-Extremism” Tests

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Schools in the UK Are Now Asking Muslim Children to Fill Out “Counter-Extremism” Tests

Originally posted on Media Diversified:

by Ananya Rao-Middleton

Over the past couple of days, this photograph of a questionnaire/survey given to primary school children in East London has been widely circulated on social media.

“Counter Extremism” survey administered to primary school pupils in London “Counter Extremism” survey administered to primary school pupils in London

Statement from the executive head teacher of Buxton school, which is one in a number of schools involved in the pilot programme funded by the European Commission (source: Twitter)

It has been described as a ‘counter-extremism’ survey, consisting of undeniably loaded questions aimed at discerning the religious, ethical and even patriotic beliefs of the children taking part. Worse still, it is evident that this survey is undoubtedly intended for Muslim children primarily, who will continue to undergo interrogation of this kind as part of the new legal obligations upheld by educational institutions, consisting of monitoring potential ‘extremists’, as dictated by the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill that recently passed in parliament. This survey, and its wider implications of…

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Soyuz TMA-15M departure from ISS

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Paper space station (and other space station) models – love these.

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The Soyuz TMA-15M carrying Anton Shkaplerov, Terry Virts and Samantha Cristoforetti, undocked from the Space Station on Thursday June 11, 2015 and landed in Kazakhstan after spending 200 days in space.

The three crew members became the first ISS crew to enjoy freshly brewed coffee in space and they started a major reconfiguration of the orbiting outpost for upcoming Commercial Crew Missions that will ring in a new era in space flight.


ISS model depicting the Soyuz TMA-15M in preparation to undock from the Rassvet Russian module


The Soyuz TMA-15M crew ship undocking from ISS


ISS configuration post Expedition 43 return


ISS Russian segment with available docking ports for the next upcoming Soyuz crew and Progress vessels

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Dog email 

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Remains of Beagle 2 discovered… but whodunnit?

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Curiosity did not kill the beagle honest

Drug seekers

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Goodbye to Writeidea

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Originally posted on karenatstepney:

Look at that amazing tweet. I’ll come back to it during this lengthy, rambling but happy post. I’ve been volunteering for East London’s free reading festival for the last two years and now I’m saying goodbye. Here’s my round-up from 2013 which pays a quick word of tribute to some of the amazing writers to take part last year.

This time was different and much more demanding as I was also curating the Festival Fringe. I’m very proud of introducing this idea last year and hope it continues. Unlike many of the big lit fests, the main festival Writeidea folk actually get paid. But the Fringe folk do it for free and they are a wonderful and noble race.


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