"If Thursday’s byelection could help open a new chapter in the story of British domestic politics, it is much less likely that the victory for an anti-leave candidate will have any immediate impact on the government’s pursuit of Brexit."
Linnaeus, like Hogarth, Stubbs and Watteau, should be a hero to anyone who cares about our planet. You can’t save what you can’t name. Science and art look at nature not out of an urge to dominate but a longing to understand. Stubbs could place himself in the mind of a horse only after he had dissected one, for knowledge awakens sympathy."
"What we forget and what we remember are a key part of who we become. What we remember of our lives is like the evening sky where we see a few night stars in the foreground, while the multitudes are hidden from our view."
"If the government can afford to renovate Buckingham Palace, do up the Houses of Parliament or support the Garden Bridge project in London, all to make Britain look like one of the greatest places in the world, don’t we have a duty to make sure everyone in the country has a decent home? Wouldn’t that be something to be truly proud of?"
"You’ve got millions of individuals with an increased sex drive, reduced self-control, a fondness for risk and an established aversion to authority figures. Even if you could work out a way to ban sexts among teenagers that wouldn’t solve the problem."
The Bank of England has confirmed the new plastic fivers contain traces of animal fat, outraging vegetarians, vegans and some religious groups. There is a petition with over 120,000 signatures, calling for a change in the production process, but the BoE will have to work fast if it’s going to find a solution before the £10 and £20 polymer notes launch in 2017
Tyra Patterson, the Ohio woman who has been fighting for 22 years to clear herself of a life sentence for murder, has received a major boost to her hopes of freedom after the key witness and surviving victim in the case told the Guardian that she is now convinced of the prisoner’s innocence.
"I knew I had to send my child, who was still effectively a toddler, away for his own good. It was the hardest decision I ever made, and I had to convince my husband that it was the right one as well."