Monthly Archives: November 2014

Wheelchairs, buggies and buses

What a muddle we seem to have with the First Bus Company having been found guilty of discrimination when a wheelchair user (36-year old Mr Doug Paulley) was unable to board one of their buses because the single space reserved on … Continue reading

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A mayor for Oxfordshire?

George Osborne announced on Monday 3 November that Greater Manchester is to get its own directly-elected city-wide mayor with powers over transport, housing, planning and policing.  Although we tend to think of Manchester as a single, sprawling metropolis, in local … Continue reading

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Living wage or jobs killer?

The national minimum wage rate is currently £6.50 per hour and is uprated annually from 1 October in each year.  We have had a minimum wage in this country since 1 April 1999. A more recent development has been the … Continue reading

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Police in the fourth circle of hell

I always enjoy reading Dante Alighieri’s epic work called The Divine Comedy. It is in three parts, Inferno, Purgatorio and Paradiso.  It describes in verse the soul’s allegorical journey towards God, passing through Hell and Purgatory to Heaven.  Dante’s Inferno … Continue reading

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Fashion and feminism

I have always enjoyed clothes but could never claim to be in the least interested in fashion.  I love dressing up and I deplore dressing down.  Give me a chance to wear a dinner jacket or tails and I will … Continue reading

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