This ghost sign is to be found in Stamford near Greyfriars Gatehouse. What Pub reveals that The Victoria was a one-roomed pub originally known as the Parting Pot Inn. It changed its name for Queen Victoria's Jubilee in 1886.

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Sad news being reported in the Derby Telegraph tonight. The last time I visited the Donington Collection was during the Lotus 7 60th anniversary celebrations in 2017. The grand prix cars and other racing memorabilia held at Donington is unmatched elsewhere. The crammed-in nature of the exhibits somehow added to the charm of the place, even if it meant that viewing conditions weren't always ideal. [IMG: Historic McLarens] Historic McLaren F1 cars displayed at the Donington Grand Prix Collection, 2015. The post The Donington Grand Prix Museum is to close in November appeared first on ten pence piece.

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There's an interesting post on the British Psychological Society's Research Digest blog that looks at how good we are at judging the logical validity of political arguments when we already have beliefs about the issue in question. It reports research by Vladimíra ńĆavojová at the Slovak Academy of Sciences and her colleagues, who recruited 387 participants (mainly university students) in Slovakia and Poland. The researchers first assessed the students' views on abortion, which is a topical and contentious issue in both countries. They then presented them with 36 syllogisms - formal logical arguments that come in the form of three ...

Posted by Jonathan Calder on Liberal England

In the 1830s, two French brothers, François and Joseph Blanc, pulled off the first telecoms scam in history by slipping secret messages into the French semaphore system.

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One MP re-selected and one new Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) selected, the latter to challenge Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.

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Last night I was able to call in at the Thackeray Gallery in Kensington for the opening of a new exhibition, predominantly of seascapes, by the Welsh artist Gareth Parry. We are almost exact contemporaries, and although we have never met, my childhood summers were spent on the Llyn peninsula which figures so prominently in [...]

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What a week to be marking "World Mental Health Day" (Wednesday 10th October) as children's mental health is yet again in the national headlines and reaffirming the scandal that it has become. It is shocking as we see ambulance call-outs for children suffering from mental health crises rising at a faster rate than for adults. We see cases of drug overdoses, self-harming and other psychiatric conditions rising by over a third in the past five years. The number of adult cases has increased by 20% Moreover, this came on the heels of a recent report that showed that more than ...

Posted by Howard Sykes on Liberal Democrat Voice

I was having a chat with a prominent Brexiteer this week, as you do. I said to him that while I had to concede there was a Brexit that could provide for an economic boost in the abstract, in hard reality it was going to be tough precisely because business thinks that it will be bad. In other words, since most businesses will treat it as a negative, the market will respond in kind as businesses downsize, lay off staff, leading to more people being unemployed, meaning less money circulating, meaning businesses downsize further...... "But the thing is," Mr Brexit ...

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An article by Robert Shrimsley in the FT ) warning of the dangers of a People's Vote has recently received much positive coverage. Robert makes the best arguments against a People's Vote that I have seen (and many others put them to me), so it is worth giving them serious consideration. For those who can't see the original article behind the paywall, Robert notes correctly that the People's Vote campaign has taken off because of the intransigence of the hardliner Leavers who have pushed the country towards a hard Brexit rather than settling for a Norway-style deal. He then ...

Posted by Mark Goodrich on Liberal Democrat Voice
Wed 10th

My tweets

Tue, 14:32: RT @Vinncent: Journalists and analysts writing about Brazil's election - don't try to save yourself from doing work or exercising judgment... Tue, 16:05: Brexit: When The Music Has To Stop Update from @AndrewDuffEU. Tue, 17:10: Nikki Haley Resigns As U.N. Ambassador Wow! Tue, 20:48: bellingcat - Second Skripal Poisoning Suspect Identified as Dr. Alexander Mishkin - bellingcat Great investigation. Wed, 10:45: New Doctor Who slammed as 'unrealistic' after showing working train between Sheffield and Manchester LOL!

The vast Maghull East development (presently high grade agricultural land) site as seen from Poverty Lane, Maghull New Government data backs CPRE Green Belt figures – the story is on the CPRE's web site via the link below:- Quote from CPRE article – New statistics from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government show the largest increase in the amount of Green Belt land released for housing to date An analysis of the new Government data released today (4 October) by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows that since 2012 almost 10,000 hectares of Green Belt ...

Posted by Cllr. Tony Robertson on Sefton Focus
Wed 10th

The Third Tram Campaign

Have you signed our petition yet to bring a THIRD tram to Prestwich and Whitefield? In 2020 a third tram will be coming up the Bury line. Current proposals are that this tram will be terminating at Crumpsall, despite pretty severe overcrowding further north on the line. We're campaigning to bring this third tram up to at least Prestwich and Whitefield to alleviate congestion on our trams and on our roads. Sign the petition.

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As we approach the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War, the Guardian has a fascinating article on the 'forgotten' female war poet, Mary Borden. Despite spending a large part of my degree studying some of the war poets, I was unaware of Mary Borden's existence and her poetry. She certainly does not appear in any of the anthologies that I possess, which is a shame as she appears to have a unique perspective on the war. The paper says that a love poem written from the frontline of the Somme by this "great forgotten voice ...

Posted by Peter Black on Peter Black

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron will today present a Bill to the House of Commons which would make it significantly easier for the Government to strip failing rail companies of their franchises.Mr Farron has repeatedly made the case for failing rail operators to be stripped of their franchise after a summer of chaos on the railways. In Mr Farron's own constituency, every single train on the Lakes Line was cancelled during the month of June. The Bill comes less than a month after the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) warned "no-one took charge" during the timetable chaos and ...

Posted by LD Neath on Aberavon & Neath Liberal Democrats

Just to let residents know about five recent planning applications in our area – on Heywood Old Road, Bury Old Road, Milton Road, Oaklands Drive and Daneshill. Please just let us know if you have any queries. Raise main roof ridge height by 1 metre to create habitable space; Two storey extension at rear; ... 157 Heywood Old Road, Rochdale, Manchester, M24 4QR Ref. No: 63306 | Received: Fri 21 Sep 2018 | Validated: Fri 21 Sep 2018 | Status: Registered Lawful development certificate for proposed single storey rear extension 489 Bury Old Road, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 1WJ Ref. No: ...

Posted by prestwichfocus on Tim Pickstone

On October 7, in the first round of the Brazilian presidential election, by voting 46 per cent in favour of the populist MP and former army officer Jair Bolsonaro, with only 29 per cent of the votes going to the academic Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party, has the Brazilian population declared a desire to [...] The post What is people's primary requirement? It's security appeared first on Radix.

Posted by Renaud Girard on Radix
Wed 10th

World Mental Health Day

It is World Mental Health Day. It is a time to celebrate how far we have come in the UK when it comes to talking about mental health. It is also the time to recognise the ongoing crisis and redouble our efforts. We have all seen the headlines - 1 in 4 of us will suffer from a mental health problem in our lifetime. Our young people are particularly at risk, with half of all mental illness beginning by the age of 14. Children's mental health services, or 'CAMHS', are struggling to cope and the burden on teachers, who deal ...

Posted by Amna Ahmad on Liberal Democrat Voice

Just a reminder that the school holiday scheme to help families with young children get out and about runs right through the October school holidays until Sunday 21st October. The City Council has again teamed up with the city's three bus operators to offer a 20p fare to children when they travel with an adult fare payer or concession ticket holder. The scheme allows families to enjoy a day out and discover the city by bus - with up to three under-16s per paying adult, including those with season tickets and weekly passes, travelling for 20p each.