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Tuesday 5th June: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

We'll discuss a couple of topical issues in the news.

First Tuesday Current Affairs Forum
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News Reviews from 2016

Easter rising crucifixion

Easter Risings

by Simon Belt

The centenary celebrations of the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916 have proved very interesting for those who follow the way perceptions of historical events changedepending on contemporary sensibilities. The celebrations seemed a little strange to a British audience schooled in the belief that the 1916 declaration ofindependence was dangerous folly, yetthe occasion this yearwas a high profile official event.

The other Easter Rising by contrast, was perhaps the least religious marking of Jesus' crucifixion and rising from the dead that I can remember,apart from the amount of chocolate easter eggs being bought, hidden, found and consumed that is. What, if anythingconnects these events?

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Barbie Dolls and real women

Barbie Dolls and real women

by Simon Belt

Mattel's Barbie Doll collection for aimed primarily at girls is getting its biggest makeover since 1959. Obviously they've had numerous private makeovers by young girls for decades, but this time it's in public. So what you might say, but it's got a number of right-on wadicals rather dizzy with excitement and all of a flutter.

What's the big issue that's being addressed with a more diverse product range of dolls? And why can't some grown-ups just let go of the inanimate plastic barbies?

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News Reviews from 2016

Rhodes protest

Architectural racism?

by Mark Iddon

The legacy of Rhodes should be debated and contested not erased. The campaign Rhodes Must Fall (RMF), was launched in March 2015 to remove a Statue of Cecil Rhodes from Oriel College in Oxford. Astoundingly, the campaign is led by a Rhodes Scholarship beneficiary Ntokozo Quabe and was inspired by a similar campaign to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Floods in UKFlooded out December

by Mark Iddon

The month of December 2015 experienced the most rainfall in a calendar month in Scotland, Wales and North West England for over 100 years. As the persistent rain fell on already drenched hills the rivers swelled and burst their banks to cause extensive flooding of towns and villages in Cumbria and Yorkshire causing damage to property, roads and bridges along with power cuts and means of sanitation.

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Healthy Living and Dry January PDF Print E-mail
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Healthy Living and Dry January

Healthy Living and Dry January

by Simon Belt

Christmas and New Year is a great time for most people to relax away from work, let your hair down with friends and family, and eat drink and be merry. Well it used to be until the wannabe Victorian patricians thought of a new party game - prod and poke the proles.

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