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Why do the British love the taste of tea so much?

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The British drink more than 60 billion cups of tea a year – so what is it about this humble brew that refreshes them so? Whether they take their tea with milk, sugar, lemon or just plain, it’s clear that the British have a fondness for its flavour. There’s something about that firm bitterness that sparks devotion: the British consume 60 billion cups per year, according to the Tea and Infusions Organisation. That’s more than 900 cups a… Source: BBC ... Read More »

Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’

Scratching out of ochre stencils on Derwent valley cave wall is ‘devastating’, says Clyde Mansell, chairman of Tasmanian Aboriginal Land Council.. Vandals have destroyed a sacred Aboriginal site in Tasmania by scratching out hand stencils which traditional owners say were made during large clan gatherings up to 8,000 years ago… Source: Aboriginal sacred site up to 8,000 years old destroyed by ‘cultural vandals’ | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

Hanson claims ‘secret’ coalition support

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Pauline Hanson claims to enjoy support from a number of coalition members “behind closed doors”, despite the prime minister’s belief she is not welcome in Australian politics.. The One Nation leader, who launched her Queensland Senate campaign at a Brisbane bowls club on Friday night, pledged to work with whichever leaders were elected at the July 2 double dissolution election should she win a seat… Source: Hanson claims ‘secret’ coalition support Read More »

Could Roz Ward keep her job if she liked the Australian flag a little?

The suspension of Roz Ward is the culmination of a McCarthyist campaign against an academic who’s done nothing wrong.. On 9 June 1954, the lawyer Joseph N. Welch stood up before Joseph McCarthy, the senator from Wisconsin who’d built a political career by denouncing real and imagined communists… Source: Could Roz Ward keep her job if she liked the Australian flag a little? | Jeff Sparrow | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Japan temporarily bans live cattle exports from Australia over bovine Johne’s fears

Japan has temporarily stopped accepting live feeder and breeder cattle exports from Australia after a number of animals tested positive for bovine Johne’s disease… Source: Japan temporarily bans live cattle exports from Australia over bovine Johne’s fears Read More »

Tutankhamun’s dagger ‘made with iron from meteorite’

Researchers say analysis of metal content ‘strongly suggests extraterrestrial origin’.. A dagger entombed with King Tutankhamun was made with iron from a meteorite, a new analysis on the metal composition shows. In 1925, archaeologist Howard Carter found two daggers, one iron and one with a blade of gold, within the wrapping of the teenage king, who was… Source: Tutankhamun’s dagger ‘made with iron from meteorite’ Read More »

China demand to drive 15 year-long bauxite boom, says Rio Tinto

Just when you thought the mining boom was over, there’s a commodity poised to soar over the next 15 years… Source: China demand to drive 15 year-long bauxite boom, says Rio Tinto Read More »

German MPs vote on Armenian ‘genocide’ amid Turkish fury

German MPs are set to recognise the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks in 1915 as “genocide” – in the face of Turkish protests.. Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey says the toll was much lower and rejects the term “genocide”… Source: German MPs vote on Armenian ‘genocide’ amid Turkish fury – BBC News Read More »

Peter Wellington wants Premier’s promised political donations inquiry

It is time to look into political donations in Queensland, independent MP Peter Wellington said, nearly a year-and-a-half after the Palaszczuk Government promised him it would launch an inquiry into the issue.. The Nicklin MP, who has written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to ask for an update on where the government is with its investigation into real-time disclosure of political donations, gave Ms Palaszczuk… Source: Peter Wellington wants Premier’s promised political donations inquiry – now Read More »

Minister proposes EU bulk buying of drugs to lower costs

Health authorities criticised for refusing to fund ‘game-changing’ cystic fibrosis drug.. Minister for Health Simon Harris says he intends to discuss with his European colleagues in the coming weeks the potential to jointly purchase new drugs in order to reduce costs… Source: Minister proposes EU bulk buying of drugs to lower costs Read More »

Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more fairly

Sentencing systems around the world should be radically reformed to start with the assumption that women should not be sent to prison for their crimes.. Women almost never scare us; commit random acts of serious violence; violate our sexual integrity; or form organised crime networks and yet their prisons numbers are now the highest in recorded history… Source: Why we should close women’s prisons and treat their crimes more fairly | Mirko Bagaric | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Does religion restrict freedom?

The word ‘freedom’ is one of the great buzzwords of our culture. In the words of the rock band Queen, we all want to “break free”. Whether it’s Mel Gibson shouting “Freedom” as he is hung, drawn and quartered, or Martin Luther King crying “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last”, we all want freedom. But as Rousseau famously observed: “Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains”. What chains… Source: Does ... Read More »

Trump’s personal, racially tinged attacks on federal judge alarm legal experts

Donald Trump’s highly personal, racially tinged attacks on a federal judge overseeing a pair of lawsuits against him have set off a wave of alarm among legal experts, who worry that the ­Republican presidential candidate’s vendetta signals a remarkable disregard for judicial independence. That attitude, many argue, could carry constitutional implications if Trump becomes president… Source: Trump’s personal, racially tinged attacks on federal judge alarm legal experts – The Washington Post Read More »

Trains grind to a halt as strikes grip France

Transport chaos hit France again on June 1, just nine days ahead of Euro 2016, as railway workers went on strike in the latest salvo of a months-long battle between the government and unions.. Between a third and half of France’s trains were expected to grind to a halt, as workers from railway operator SNCF launched their eighth strike in three months, this time saying it will continue until demands for better pay and conditions are met… Source: Trains grind ... Read More »

Tigers seized from controversial Thai Buddhist temple

Wildlife authorities in Thailand are removing tigers from a controversial Buddhist temple after accusations of wildlife trafficking and animal abuse.. Three of the 137 tigers at the temple in Kanchanaburi province were moved on Monday. The 1,000-personnel operation will last all week. The monks, who deny all allegations, resisted at first but gave in when presented with a court order… Source: Tigers seized from controversial Thai Buddhist temple – BBC News Read More »

How much is the bank making on your mortgage?

Irish banks earn the second highest margins on new mortgage lending in the Eurozone ECB figure show.. It’s difficult to avoid mortgages these days. Pick up a paper or turn on the radio and it seems it won’t be long before mortgages make an appearance; no, not people taking them out, but the shocking disparity – of about 2 percentage points – between what Irish property owners are paying on variable interest… Source: How much is the bank making on ... Read More »