Italian Job conundrum is ‘solved’: The Royal Society of Chemistry announces the winner of a competition to solve the conundrum at the end of the film The Italian Job.

Matador aged 11 kills six bulls: An 11-year-old bullfighter kills six bulls in a single fight in Mexico, in an attempt to break a world record.

guitar-hero-scarfGuitar Hero Scarf: How cool would it be to have one of these knitted for you by your Granny!  (Thanks Neatorama)

L-test hell for S Korean driver: A South Korean grandmother has failed her written driving test 771 times but tells a local newspaper that she will keep trying.

Woman claims Atlantic swim first: A 56-year-old American says she has become the first woman to swim the Atlantic, taking 24 days from the Cape Verde Islands to Trinidad.

Queen launches new-look website: The Queen’s website has been relaunched at Buckingham Palace, in the company of world-wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Teenage handbag thief outpaced by 72-year-old ex-sprinter: A teenage thief thought the old lady she was helping into a car would be easy pickings:  just grab her bag and go.  What the thief didn’t know is that this old lady was a British national sprint champion in her youth.  Mrs. Jean Hirst began chasing the thief, who finally gave up the goods.

World’s first divorce by Facebook: ‘Neil Brady has ended his marriage to Emma Brady.’  Mrs Brady, a 35-year-old conference organiser, claims she had no idea he even wanted a divorce, and only found out when a friend, who read the post on the social networking website, rang to console her.

Ocean in Google Earth: will allow users to navigate underwater without a snorkel, exploring shipwrecks, maps of tiny phytoplankton, and so much more.

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One thought on “Could you live on £53 a week?”

  1. Balanced coverage there. Of course your conclusion that particular cuts are wrong leaves us with no explicit solution (people are not so keen on saying what cuts are right). My comments aren’t a solution either.

    Perhaps we should as a nation to establish some principles / agree some basics. Among these might be:
    a) Appropriate care and control over debt; don’t be delusional that we are investing when we’re just spending. De-politicise this if at all possible. Be careful about all interest groups.
    b) Expect value for money from what are genuinely expected to be investments. c.f. Bill Gates’ various initiatives. Again de-politicise so that we can pull projects if they’re not working.
    c) Decide what we are to do about tax avoidance. It is by definition legal and in many cases hardly immoral (ISA anyone? What about duty free?) Do we want people who would orginally be working in “normal” employment to be limited companies with the associated risks, rewards and tax effects? Examples would include some newsreaders, some nurses, many IT contractors – and maybe me one day. Footballers have their own workarounds perhaps. This is an open question for me.
    d) Accept that there are some people who are playing the system at various levels of legality and morality. This may apply to those who are minimising tax and to those maximising benefits. What is the extent of this? What are we to do about it?
    e) Bring some rigour to the “fairness” concept. At the moment it has about as much practical value as most companies’ mission statements.
    f) Leaving a key point to last: accept that some people need a hand up (the Big Issue phrase). Work out ways of it not simply being a hand out (B/Issue again). It is right that those who are well off should help those not so fortunate, unless perhaps this is through a matter of ongoing personal choice. More than right, it’s honourable and a social responsibility. Is it right to make it a legal respnsibility – if so how?

    What would God have the church (and me) do about this – in the specific situation of 2013 rather than just generally? While people are more than evangelism fodder there are some great an natural opportunities. When we help families through a food bank we can share how we’re tasted and seen that the Lord is good. When we have someone in debt we can talk of our own rescue from greater debt. Come on church!

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