Bare Facts: Executive Orders, the Trump Muslim Ban and refugees in America.

This is the first in what I suspect might be a new series of posts. I’m trying to write up a ‘bare facts’ representation of what is going on in on-going political scenarios, with the intention that I can use the info in future blog posts. It also could be useful for you in your own day-today debates and defence. It’s always good to know exactly what you’re talking about.

So today I’m outlining some of the basic terms and ideas behind Trump’s recent ‘Immigration Law.’

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I Capture the Castle: Dodie Smith

A young woman; a ramshackle English castle; a glamourous step-mother; a forgetful father writing strange encoded books; a quiet and mysterious servant boy; two interloping American brothers; green skin and outdoor baths. This is middle class decline in 1930s Britain, but it’s also a fairytale love story in Dodie Smith’s quintessentially English coming of age story, I Capture the Castle.

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Pity and Piety: musings on third-party voting

Ideological purity is very appealing to a certain type of person. It means that you can engage in something, feel part of a cause or a movement far grander than you are alone, and it gives you purpose.

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Five Reads from Five Genres: Guy Fawkes Night.

Halloween is gone, but if you’re British then you’ll know that the loudest night of the year is coming up. Guy Fawkes, or Bonfire Night as it’s very often colloquially known, is the fifth of November every year. It’s really just another night of glorious snack food and festive social gatherings, (plus fireworks!) but the roots of it lie in the subverted conspiracy to blow up Parliament in 1605. It became a celebratory occasion when establishment figures realised they could generate public faith in the parliamentary government by throwing a big party every year.

So here are five things to read, from five different genres, all about this noblest of sticky-toffee and fireworks related holidays.

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