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It was appropriate that Charlie Brooker used food in his 10 O’Clock Live analogies about the potential effects of the NHS reform bill.

To start with he compared the (financial) choice between an anaesthetic crafted by Heston Blumenthal and the NHS Value version – a can of lager and a stick to bite down on.

He then had a moan over how there was already too much choice in life, and gave the example of around 20 different variations of weetabix, when all he wanted to do was eat some breakfast.

While the second joke was just amusing, the first was both funny and thought-provoking.

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As part of my proposed research into the future of agricultural employment in the United Kingdom, I will need to look at the historical issues over land ownership. I want to show how this history might put the country in a poor position with regards to any attempted trend towards smaller, more sustainable farms and away from larger farms with their increased environmental damage and greater social inequality.

Land ownership is not a common topic of discussion in the UK, which makes books such as Kevin Cahill’s Who Owns Britain all the more interesting. Cahill has much experience as a wealth and rich list researcher, having worked on the original Sunday Times Rich List and many others since.

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I am currently applying to carry out research into the effects of energy input decline on agricultural employment. I wanted to resurrect this blog as somewhere that I can not only write publicly and hopefully gain useful feedback, but also somewhere to record all the useful media, references and stories that I come across.

But first, an idea of where I’m coming from…

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“Shut Down the G8 Summit” Alternative sound demonstration – Shinjuku

Following Saturday’s meeting and speech by Susan George, the “working groups” from “Shut Down the G8 Summit” met other demonstrators in the heavy rain at Kashigawa Park on Sunday afternoon.

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Here there was a brief rally, with Susan George among others giving short speeches:

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