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Bannerless by Carrie Vaughan

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A mysterious murder in a dystopian future leads a novice investigator to question what she’s learned about the foundation of her population-controlled society.

Read it because:

You want a page turner of a dystopian murder mystery, where women’s fertility is the key to society. A really enjoyable read.

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Women Are Still Silenced In British Politics

A great post from Nadja about what women in politics must face daily an environment that includes the online violence and abuse whose aim is to shame, intimidate, degrade, belittle and silence women.

34 Australian women have been killed violently this year. 3 were murdered on Saturday.

Georgina Dent in this article raises the fundamental issue – We do not treat domestic violence, and violence against women, with the same urgency with which we approach other threats. So what can we do to stem this haemorrhage?

Trump’s new budget SLASHES all federal funding for public libraries

So I’m a Library fan, I work in one, volunteer in others, take my child to many. (I even visit them when I’m on holiday).

But what gets me, is when the funding to them is cut. I’ve seen what a Library can do to children who can’t afford to access books any other way. I’ve seen the power of reading change lives….so when you cut funding, you cut off the equitable access to education and empowerment that often goes hand in hand with a Library service.

If you live in America – please, please sign up and Save your Public Library. Stop this nonsense right now.

Your guide to a successful Plastic Free July

Such an important initiative…..

Plastic Free July challenges people to ‘choose to refuse’ single-use plastics during July to kick start the journey towards plastic free living.

Until I attempted this challenge I had no idea what a feat boycotting plastic is.

When I began to notice how dependent our society is on single use plastic and how many places plastic pops up, the road to plastic free became longer and longer. Eventually, the destination became like a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

If you were on a diet, you wouldn’t expect to wake up and reach your weight loss goal in a day and the transition to plastic free living is no different. Like a diet, the key is to set achievable goals and stay persistent in a society wired to depend on plastic.

To help you navigate the sometimes-overwhelming challenge of Plastic Free July, I have put together weekly…

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2019: UN International Year of Indigenous Languages

Languages play a crucially important role in the daily lives of all peoples, with their complex implications for identity, cultural diversity, social integration, communication, education and development. Through languages, people not only embed their history, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking, meaning and expression, but more importantly construct their future. Languages are pivotal in the areas of human rights protection, peace building and sustainable development, through ensuring cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue. However, despite their immense value, languages around the world continue to disappear at an alarming rate due to a variety of factors. Many of them are indigenous languages.
Indigenous languages in particular are a significant factor in a wide range of other indigenous issues, notably education, scientific and technological development, biosphere and the environment, freedom of expression, employment and social inclusion.
In response to these threats, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a Resolution (Ref. A/RES/71/178) on ‘Rights of Indigenous Peoples’, proclaiming 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. For further information please go to: UNESCO 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

‘But I don’t need a ceremony Mum’: giving the perfect 18th birthday present

Why we all should celebrate major birthdays with a ceremony of remembrance and acknowledgement. A truly beautiful post and idea from the wonderful bone&silver

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The spirit of Mum and Dad are alive in this antique ringBest birthday gift for my son #Australia #vintage #silverrings #love #familyheritage @boneAndsilver

Remember how I worked out what to give him in a flash of early morning inspiration, and then he guessed it HERE?

Well of course I went ahead anyway, despite my disappointment delight at his intuition.

It took 2 weeks to organise, during which time his actual birthday came and went, but I could rest in the quiet glory of knowing I’d nailed the present. Family and friends got together on 2 separate occasions to wish him well, and I could see he was very pleased at all the love and attention he so rightly received, bless him.

As we entered the 2nd week, a little nagging began- ‘How long till my ring is here Mum?’ – ‘I can’t wait for my ring, I wish it would hurry up’ etc (spread out over 5 or 6…

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