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Tuesday 5th September: First Tuesday Current Affairs discussion

Discussing Militarising the Far East and a second topic

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News Reviews from 2014

Bulgaria and Green House Gases

Y Viva Bulgaria and Green House Gases

by Joanne Green

 

There is much media speculation of Bulgaria and Romania acquiring entry in to the UK on 1st January 2014. This article attempts to explain how this partnership with the UK can be beneficial to the UK population and in meeting UK Green House Gas emission targets. Evidence includes how the UK embraced its construction and other skills and the culture of other countries during the past 150 years resulting in a cosmopolitan diversity of food, music, fashion, social media and architecture in addition to Green House Gas emission predictions.

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News Reviews from 2014

House building in UK

House price fears: what's the issue?

by Simon Belt

 

To be based on this article by James Heartfield

The Class Struggle and House Building

Leaders of all the Westminster political parties are agreed that Britain is failing to build the homes it needs, for households to afford on wages from employment. Though the political class have just woken up to the looming disaster, for decades they have been hostile to renewed house building. The housing shortage is chronic. It was also thought that Britain's high house prices were just an effect of cheap credit and that they would fall after the credit crunch. Even as astute a commentator as John Lanchester based the storyline of his novel Capital on the prediction that prices would fall (1) - but they are higher now than they were in 2008. Rents are following the inflation in house prices. There is simply not enough housing available to buy or rent, let alone "affordably".

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News Reviews from 2013

FIRST TUESDAY News Reviews from 2013

The First Tuesday discussions on current affairs aim to provide attendees with a way of developing and testing their understanding of a range of current affairs topics; improving their journalistic capabilities so that they can write opinion or comment style articles for the regional or national media or blogs, respond with a thoughtful angle on radio chat shows, TV talk shows or maybe just have an interesting angle to respond at work with.

The topics discussed in November 2013 were:

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News Reviews from 2013

Magic is drawing big audiences again

Magic: making a comeback?

by Georgina Kirk

 

Why is magic as popular entertainment resurgent? In the past six weeks or so, I’ve seen four magic shows (Morgan & West at The Lowry, The Illusionists at The Apollo, Ali Cook at The Met in Bury and High Jinx at The Horseshoe in Blackpool); a play about Houdini, in which magic obviously featured, and a stage adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita at The Unity Theatre in Liverpool, in which a pleasing amount of magic was performed.

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News Reviews from 2013

House building in UK

Housing: building plans and headlines

by Joanne Green

 

Housing seems to be constantly in the news headlines at the moment, but what’s reported is often more bleak than positive. Recent housing news has been connected to welfare reform, bedroom tax, house prices, mortgages for rent and ownership. The Council of Mortgage Lenders (2013) statistical release shows increases of lending rose from September 2012 to 2013. The loans went to Microfinance Institutions (up 39%), housing associations (up 79%), mutuals (up 45%) and specialist lenders (up 29%), home loans to individuals (up 2%), and to individuals and housing association (up 30%). This illustrates that current Government Policy is providing the UK with Affordable Housing.

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