Mark's Musings

A miscellany of opinions, thoughts, rants and comments

23 June 2014
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British Values: Robert Raikes and Education for All

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Mention the phrase “Sunday school” to most people, and if they grew up in a church-going family then the chances are it brings back memories of rather dry and dusty (in more ways than one) Bible stories read from faded, … Continue reading

18 June 2014
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British Values: Ebenezer Cobb Morley and the Laws of the Game

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Most people, other than the historically uneducated, will have heard of the first two names in my series, even if they don’t necessarily associate them with the same topics that I have. But today’s source of British values is far … Continue reading

16 June 2014
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British Values: Josiah Wedgwood and Philanthropic Activism

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If you ask someone about the abolition of slavery in the UK, most people will come up with the name of William Wilberforce. To be sure, Wilberforce had a central role in outlawing slavery in Britain and beyond, but, of … Continue reading

15 June 2014
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British Values: Simon de Montfort and Representative Democracy

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“British values” have been in the news recently. I was going to write a blog article listing my own choices for what British values consist of. But, instead, I thought I’d write about a few people that I think have … Continue reading

6 June 2014
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A few random thoughts about the Newark by-election

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Reading the runes from a by-election result is always problematic. The local nature of the event means that it’s hard to draw national trends, while protest votes and tightly focussed campaigns by all parties have an effect that won’t be … Continue reading

5 June 2014
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Meltwater and the copyright right – a brief update

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Back in 2011, I blogged on the disturbing case of Meltwater and the Newspaper Licensing Agency. If you’ve got time, go and read the original article before coming back to this one. But, if you want the TL:DR version here … Continue reading