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Posted 10 hours 37 min ago

What am I? If my hand hurts, why do I say that ‘I am in pain’? Is my hand a part of me?

Posted 2 days 7 hours ago

I’m to receive a tax refund! Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs has emailed me to say I’m eligible for a payment of £344.93! All they need is my credit or debit card details. It looks very efficient to me- there’s a Transaction Confirmation Numberm an ID Number and an Issuing Number. I don’t know what any of these mean, but what does it matter? So long as I click on the link and give them my details, I’m 300 quid better off. Here’s the message:


Posted 2 days 19 hours ago

Grace and glory differ very little; the one is the seed, the other is the flower; grace is glory militant, glory is grace triumphant.

—Thomas Brooks 

Posted 5 days 8 hours ago

Last week I met the Chief Whip. To the uninformed or those from foreign lands, this sounds like some disciplinary equipment from a former age. In fact, it is a senior post within the British Government whose occupant officially resides at Number 9, Downing Street. The government consists of the party in the Commons which can outvote all the others. But what if MPs vote according to their own beliefs rather than the wishes of the Prime Minister? The Chief Whip, along with his team of Whips, is tasked with persuading backbenchers to tow the party line. He is the Prime Minister’s ‘enforcer’.

Posted 6 days 8 hours ago