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Defra and the hedgehogs

I know we are a nation of animal lovers, but isn’t this taking things a bit too far? Defra is prosecuting Great Yarmouth Borough Council following the death of two hedgehogs who ate rat poison. Defra has pursued the case for three years, even though the RSPCA, Health and Safety Executive and police all dropped it. Costs have escalated to £10,000 on the council’s side – and...
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Music is the food of love for Marina

I love a romantic story, see if you can beat this. The divine opera singer Marina Poplavskaya, a stunning Russian doll with the voice of an angel, is instantly swept off her feet after being crushed in the arms of the internationally renowned bass-baritone Robert Hale, despite him being 40 years older, who she marries. Marina, 29, now has three stepsons...
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FoI climbdown by government

I was over the moon to learn that the government has in effect climbed down over plans which could have seriously restricted the Freedom of Information Act. Access to information from our government and local authorities is core to our democracy, but I really didn’t think we stood a chance in changing the minds of the powers that be over this. However, the...
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