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Go to: Translating the British

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The Olympics being about individuals like Wimbledon would be MUCH better. It's not like it's a fair competition between countries anyway so why wave flags and keep score of how many medals won 'for' each country? I'm sick of the Union Jack now after the jubilee and Olympics, I hope it goes away when the Olympics are done.

I don't really like Carol Ann Duffy but the poem isn't bad.

Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:46:01 UTC | #950683

Go to: Dawkins calls for 'Catholic' honesty

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Most Catholics use contraceptives and loads have abortions... surely none of them can really believe the Catholic Church has religious authority over them or they would do everything the Church says? Or do they just believe they'll be forgiven? If so can't they do whatever they want and be forgiven?

It seems like practically every Catholic apart from priests and nuns is just culturally Catholic - they like the ceremony and tradition and that's it.

Fri, 08 Jun 2012 17:00:10 UTC | #946366

Go to: Classroom Clashes: Teaching evolution

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Comment 43 by Vorlund :

Comment 38 by green and dying :

Where on Earth have you got your information from?

Have a trawl through the specifications on NDAQ (when you've got plenty of time)

Every biology specification I've read on exam board websites (and every biology qualification I've done or known anyone do) has covered evolution, DNA, genetics etc. though.

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 22:38:13 UTC | #946226

Go to: Classroom Clashes: Teaching evolution

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Comment 37 by Vorlund :

You will be hard pushed to find a module or part of a biology qualification dedicated to evolution on the UK NDAQ. Even less likely to find a learning criteria which refers to the other scientific evidence for evolution i.e. DNA,, genetics, geology, distribution of species.

I've done GCSE and A level biology within the past 5 years and each of them covered evolution. A level covered all of the things in your list. My younger sister is doing A level biology at the moment and her text book covers basically what we did 3 years ago even though the specification has changed slightly.

Where on Earth have you got your information from?

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 17:45:53 UTC | #946169

Go to: Stop female genital mutilation in the UK! - Avaaz.org petition

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This is what the government claim to be doing about this issue:

"Last year the Government developed and launched multi-agency guidelines for all frontline professionals which aim to raise awareness about FGM and highlight the signs that practitioners and professionals should look out for which may identify girls at risk. The guidelines set out the steps that professionals such as nurses and GPs should take to protect and safeguard those at risk, or already affected by FGM. The Home Office also distributed more than 80,000 leaflets and posters to schools, health services, charities and community groups around the country and in October 2011 launched the FGM Fund—a total of £50,000 to support frontline practitioners working with women and girls affected by FGM. We continue to work with the Department for Education, Department of Health, the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as well as with voluntary sector partners, to shape our work." (16th May 2012, source)

Wed, 06 Jun 2012 23:48:57 UTC | #945996

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