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Politics

Why there is no progressive alliance in Copeland

Published on Left Foot Forward on Thursday 2 February 2017. This is the unabridged version!

On Friday 13 January, the Green Party announced that it would be standing a candidate in the Copeland by-election. A decision had been reached by the local party in Copeland at its AGM the evening before. Within minutes of the announcement, onlookers on social media questioned why there was apparently no progressive alliance for the seat.

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Development

New Year’s resolutions for WordPress developers

I wrote a post of New Year’s resolutions for WordPress developers for Post Status. It’s a compilation of some of the things I have learnt since joining the WordPress.com VIP team a little over a year ago.

Read the full post here.

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Photos

New Year’s Day walk

A walk around Loweswater to see in the New Year.

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Photos

New and improved blog, with a .blog domain

Thanks to some wonderful colleagues of mine, this blog is now found at: jack.blog

If you would like a .blog domain, head over to: get.blog

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Aside

The waste mountain of coffee cups

Did you know that the UK alone gets through 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups every year? And that despite the PR from a few of the big chains, they are essentially not recyclable? I didn’t. Here’s a good article by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on the subject.

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Aside

“Brexit means Brexit”

An old university friend of mine put the following on Facebook. I think it’s succinct and brilliant:

To be clear, without defining Brexit, the phrase, “Brexit means Brexit” means nothing.

– Jack Perschke

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Opinions

Can’t you take a joke?

During “the final” last night, I stumbled upon a tweet from Julia Hartley-Brewer. If you haven’t heard of her, and it’s understandable that you wouldn’t have, she’s one of these “journalists” who presents a talk radio show and pops up on current affairs programmes like Question Time and The Andrew Marr Show. Here’s the tweet:

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Opinions

No, I don’t respect the outcome of the EU referendum

In the last 36 hours, many people I know have passed through the various stages of the Kübler-Ross model of grief (denial, anger, bargaining etc.) in the wake of the EU referendum. Most of them now seem to be reaching stage five, acceptance: “I’m not happy with the result of this referendum, but the people have spoken, that’s democracy, I respect and I accept it.”

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Skiing in Scotland

Beautiful day skiing the Back Corries at Nevis Range on Monday 15 February 2016.

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Takodana

Afternoon stroll.