Weekly Round-Up and Open Thread

A close-up photograph of some Dolly Mixture sweets We can’t always blog about the stories in the news that catch our collective eyes, so here is this week’s open thread for discussion and our regular round-up of those we missed. They are links and blog posts that we found interesting, thought-provoking or newsworthy, rather than necessarily things we agree with, so please don’t take a mention here to mean agreement, or indeed disagreement, with the content.

If you have a link or comment that doesn’t fit anywhere else and would like to share it, feel free to drop it in the comments here.

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[The image is a close-up photograph of some Dolly Mixture sweets. It is by Josh Roulston and is used under a Creative Commons Licence]