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The Rejected Flags Of Europe

Between 1949 and 1955, the Council of Europe received over 150 unsolicited flag designs, each from keen individuals hoping to represent the unification it symbolised. I hope to write about the rejected flags of Europe. Although an extremely specific piece of design, flags have the tendency to raise the heart rates of creatives. A beloved craft for its ability to distil a location and its history into graphic symbolism, it’s also very rare we see…

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How I Join The Landed Gentry

Putting the ‘mental’ in Environmental, I have signed up to a scheme that enables people to buy shares in an Environmental project. The scheme is called Longlands Common and a good friend, Allan, is involved with it – I believe he sits on the board. It came about that people can now purchase shares in Longlands common for as little as £50 or up to £37,500. I played the part I could afford. If you…

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Thoughts On VE Day

Today is the 75th anniversary of VE Day – Victory in Europe in the Second World War was achieved with the ultimate sacrifice by many. I am grateful to my forefathers and the ‘Golden Generation’ for their sacrifice. But, here is my gripe – fifty, sixty, seventy-five years later and we are electing far-right and Fascist governments in our own countries, the countries of the Allies. Take Brasil, USA and, to an extent, my own…

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Letter #17

Dear Andrew Jones MP — I am writing as a concerned constituent. I am a blogger. I have the liberty to write what I want on the net. My blog is at www.ijopona.org. However, I am writing about people further up the ladder. People who I admire and respect. Fifty-three Commonwealth heads of government are meeting for a summit in London this week. Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, the UK Minister of State for the Commonwealth, lauded it…

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Letter #16

We seem to be having a ‘wholesome’ day here at Ijo Pona HQ. Kathryn is at a Church Parade with her Girl Guide group and I am left to my own devices. Rather than just head back to bed to catch forty winks, I decided to try and put my time to good use. That is, after all, the purpose of being here as a person — you have no say in your arrival or what you…

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Letter #15

The Repeal Bill is one of the most important pieces of legislation in a generation. It will rewrite our laws after we leave the European Union. Those laws affect every one of us — our friends, our families, our children. Laws against discrimination and privacy invasions. Protections for workers, LGBT+, disabled and older people. Rights we fought for and won long ago. The People’s Clause makes sure the rights we’ve gained from EU membership aren’t going anywhere.…

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Letter #14

I have had a dislike of Dr Martens since Emma Wilson kicked me in the shins with her sensible footwear. However, Dr Marten seems to have been having a bit of a resurgence and I have gone and procured myself a pair. They look amazing but I might get beaten up wearing them. I got a bit giddy with Stone’s Got-To IPA and Cyber Monday took its vengeance on me. In Dr Martens words –…

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Letter #14

Dear Andrew Jones, First of all, please let me wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I have gained a lot from our correspondence throughout the year. I am signing off 2017 with a final letter to you when I should be working. I work as a freelance website designer so I can give myself the luxury of fitting my work around my lifestyle. The matter I am writing about to you…

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Systematic Abuse At Harrogate Army College

As a member of Liberty & Amnesty UK (and … most importantly, someone who nearly signed up) I am ashamed to say that Human Rights violations have been taking place in my home town of Harrogate. Army Foundation College is the only place in the UK that deals with Child Soldiers in the British Army (the UN says combatants must be 18+ or it is a War Crime). People who are signing up in the…

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Letter #13

I have the good fortune to be a member of Amnesty and Liberty. They are both Human Right’s Groups who campaign for mankind’s betterment — I figure all I have to do is click a few buttons to express my point of view — how different that could be if I was just born in another country. So, when Amnesty UK emailed me asking for support I jumped at the opportunity — I have emailed another letter to Andrew Jones — Member of…

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Letter #12

I am worried. I am worried for the people of Great Britain and the people who have travelled here to make it a home. So, I did all I can do at the time of writing and sent off venom to Andrew Jones MP — Member of Parliament for Harrogate. The issues in this letter affect everyone. I will type up his reply in the comments section. Dear Andrew Jones MP First of all, congratulations on attaining…

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Letter #11

Now then, this is a matter I am fuming about — I have signed numerous petitions and called on respective MP’s (when in Northumberland and East Yorkshire — China … let’s say I wasn’t represented). The fact that our nation’s policy makers are in-debted to the factions that they may have to legislate against is a no-brainer: ‘McDonalds Healthcare’ & ‘Monsanto Bottled Water’, ’Murdoch News” … (naw wait!) could all be a reality unless these measures are curbed. Dear…

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