Technical writer, Green, ex history student, wrote thesis on Imagism. Reads children's books and calls it 'research'. All tweets personal, all errors my own.

Ely, Cambridgeshire, UK
Joined July 2013
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New report by the @HansardSociety on the "breathtaking" powers bestowed on ministers by the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill. "Of the Bill’s 26 clauses, 17 confer powers on UK Ministers". The report identifies numerous important areas of concern. [1/5] hansardsociety.org.uk/public…
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Overheard in town: Woman: Last night he said, 'Why don't I just move out, so you can have the whole room for books?' Me: DOES HE HAVE A BROTHER
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Charity shop haul: The Flowers of Adonis by Rosemary Sutcliff, and a Figgjo Flint jug that I really didn't need but had to have anyway.
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Call out to the wisdom of Twitter...trying-& failing-to pin down dates for Constance Powell-Anderson. Writing plays in the 1920s. Seems to have been awarded an OBE? Work connected with the Abbey Theatre. Living in Ireland in 1924. Newspaper & genealogy searches drawing a blank.
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Can’t help but feel frustrated this evening as UK twitter is full of (rightful) outrage about #RoeVsWade. Just a reminder - here in NI abortion is decriminalised but as services have STILL NOT BEEN COMMISSIONED there are countless barriers to actually accessing an abortion.
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Been seeing honeybees in my little garden. In previous years, it's only had bumblebee visitors. Someone nearby must have started beekeeping.
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Feeling better about the ten grand my outbuilding renovation cost.
Exclusive: Boris Johnson planned to build a £150,000 treehouse at Chequers but was forced to abandon idea after police raised security concerns Discussions were held about Tory donor Lord Brownlow funding the project in Autumn 2020 thetimes.co.uk/article/bcb8b…
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And triggers a raft of legislation designed to restrict the right to healthcare and to control and punish women. By which poor and marginalized people will be impacted most. Horrifying.
The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade - which granted the right to an abortion nationwide For more on this and other news visit trib.al/Rx0iR33
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'[T]hose who make up this country’s overwhelming anti-Conservative majority are sorting themselves efficiently, deploying their own votes in whatever way ensures a Tory defeat.'
These byelection results are the verdict on a cruel and useless government that’s running out of road | Jonathan Freedland theguardian.com/commentisfre…
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In the 16th century, it was fashionable for rich women to wear tiny books hanging from their belts or ‘girdles’. This girdle book is bound in gold and black enamel. When opened it reveals a portrait of Henry VIII and is rumoured to have belonged to his second wife, Anne Boleyn 🧵
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Thank you to every Labour and Green voter who gave their vote to the Lib Dems in Tiverton & Honiton and thank you to every LD and Green voter who gave their vote to Labour in Wakefield. When we work together, we win.
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Alongside the #RightsRemovalBill, the Government also published its response to its Bill of Rights consultation yesterday. I could sum it up in a line: “Nobody wants any of this, but we’re going to do it anyway”. Just a few of the many examples: 🧵 publications.parliament.uk/p…
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Great overnight results that really highlight the power of cross-party collaboration. More of the same, please, but it must be accompanied by a pledge that a future government will bring in PR in exchange for those loaned votes. #OppositionAssemble
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Remember that story about tracing the start of the Black Death to Kyrgyzstan? Here's a fantastic thread on the subject by the VERY knowledgable Dr. Green, filled with lots of delicious science;
Okay, so here are my comments on the new paper in @Nature announcing palaeogenetic identification of the origin of the Black Death. Since this will be a long thread, a few general pointers. 1/n
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😍😍😍 Congratulations to all the authors and publishers on the #YABookPrize 2022 shortlist! Find out more here: bit.ly/3n76QF3 @faridahlikestea @holly_bourneYA @skinofthesea @tanyabyrne @FemiFadugba @simonjamesgreen @adiba_j @ManjeetMann @km_sutherland @lisa_letters
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#OTD 23rd June 679 saw the death of Etheldreda, Queen, Abbess and Saint. Daughter of Anna, King of the East Angles, she founded the 1st monastery at Ely in 673. After her death, her shrine attracted pilgrims from near and far for over 800 years until the Reformation.
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The winner of the #WolfsonHistoryPrize 2022 is... Devil-Land: England Under Siege, 1588-1688 by Clare Jackson (@AllenLaneBooks & @rcwlitagency) Huge congratulations! #DevilLand
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Happy election day to voters of Wakefield and Tiverton and Honiton. Please vote tactically today, even if it sticks in your craw as it has mine. #OppositionAssemble
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"His are the quiet steeps of dreamland, The waters of no-more-pain; His ram's bell rings 'neath an arch of stars, Rest, rest, and rest again." English poet, short story writer and novelist Walter de la Mare died #OTD in 1956. Walter de la Mare at PG: gutenberg.org/ebooks/author/…
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