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Thankfully, the cyclist wasn’t seriously injured. But the event showed how useful Twitter can be for spreading the word about crimes and where to report them.
To the cyclist who just got hit and run on Old Kent Road, 19.55 on Tuesday 10th June, I got the driver’s number plate.— Richard Amos (@untruth_) June 10, 2014
The cyber-fiction story was on Booker T Washington High School’s summer reading programme, but was pulled because of:
concerns that some parents might object to scenes involving sex and violence and the idea of questioning authority
Responding in a blog post, Doctorow talked about discussions he had with the school’s principal:
In short, he made it clear that the book was being challenged because of its politics and its content.
Students are allowed to read the book as an “optional title”, and Doctorow’s publisher have ‘helpfully’ sent 200 free copies to the school.
Little Brother is about a teenage steampunk/hacker called W1nst0n who has to stop robot principal Zero Bri3n from erasing the cyberspace prom. We expect.
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camaswer: ” “Look… we can talk about that, or we can address the real problems of hard working families.” ;
camanswer: ” “That’s not the question. The question is ‘Are we doing enough to help hard working families?’” ;
camanswer: ” “Listen to my list of three points while I wave my hands about.” ;
camanswer: ” “Look… we live in a democracy and I totally support your right to ask that.” ;
camanswer: ” “When we first came into power… we said things… and that’s something we should be proud of.” ;
camanswer: ” “I was in some town last week. I met a man/woman just like you. He/she agreed with me.” ;
camanswer: ” “I’m sorry — I can’t discuss my friends as it might affect all their court cases.” ;
camanswer: ” “You have to wonder what’s wrong with Alex James, really.” ;
camanswer: ” “My advisors wrote out a hashtag for me. What’s a hashtag? Also, what’s an internet?” ;
camanswer: ” “Grrr Terrorists! Paedophiles!” ;
camanswer: I once called Barack Obama ‘Daddy’, and Vladamir made fun of me.” ;
camanswer: ” “Look… but what I will say is hard working families.” ;
The toxic, chestnut brown funghi was spotted by mushroom expert Andy Overall, who says they are usually found in Europe and that how they got here is a “mystery”.
How daringly controversial!
They’re concerned that seeing THE SECOND WORST WORD could warp the fragile minds of children or postmen.
A Royal Mail staff member told The Drum that it would be unable to distribute the magazine due to the “offensive word on the front cover”.
He explained: “There is potential that a child could pick up mail meant for their parents,” adding that “the company has previously stated that such words are not permitted on mail”.
He added that Royal Mail staff could “see it and take offence”.
Source: The Drum
They’re so over the top in their box-ticking indignation about the “hard left BBC” and “socialist characters” poisoning impressionable minds, they have to be a parody.
If the comments really are a heartfelt expression of genuine feelings, and not an attempt to stir up the hornets nest of online comment, we’re seriously concerned about the blood pressure levels of “R. J. Hey, Chester”.
(And anyway, The New Statesman was on ITV not the BBC.)