Today is a big day for Brexit negotiations. Members of Parliament are debating the “No Deal” exit, a plan that would have the UK leave the EU on March 29th with no formal organisation or coordination whatsoever between the two entities. Should this happen, it would almost certainly cause economic chaos in not only the United Kingdom and Europe, but around the world.
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The advent of the atomic bomb dramatically changed the course of history and, even today, looms as a threat for global catastrophe. From 1956 to 1963, Britain tested nuclear weapons at Maralinga, in South Australia, running hundreds of different experiments. The tests resulted in sickness and death for the local Indigenous populations, yet for many years, the fact these tests took place at all were kept secret from the Australian public.
At the turn of the twentieth century, there was one gang that ruled the streets of Birmingham - mugging, assaulting and robbing whoever they saw fit. They were known as the 'Peaky Blinders' and were renowned for their great dress sense and, well, the muggings, really. Most interestingly, they were rumoured to use an unconventional weapon - flat caps with razor blades sewn into their peaks.
Where we come from matters. Our origins form an important part of a distinctive personality, which can become a group identity when we share these origins. More often than not, our use of language, especially our dialect, is an expression of that distinctiveness. In addition to distinctive words and grammatical patterns, which may not follow the rules of Standard English, people have accents – many English language ones available to listen to here – related to their pronunciation when they speak which can articulate their identity.
According to reports, the Teresa May's government demanded WhatsApp give them access to encrypted messages. That request was flatly denied but it's a topic that may will raise at a meeting being held at the UN. I suspect this is the start of another campaign to undermine the rights of individual privacy by playing the "terrorist use encrypted messaging service card".