The General News Thread

It a bitter pill for people to swallow but as with FSM, government policy or charity will be an never effective surrogate attentive parenting and a strong family/community ties.

I’m all for well funded services and libraries but it isn’t a cure all. If Rashford didn’t read a book until 17 that on his primary caregivers, I’m sorry that just the truth. It’s not really an argument tied to finances either, immigrant communities place a high emphasis on education throughout childhood and the results show

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Yeah that’s true, there are lots of really good charity book shops out there too so there are plenty of avenues for parents already. I think it’s more the case of encouraging parents to get their children reading from a young age, I know I benefited so much from being encouraged to read from a very early age!

Same. That’s it really. Obviously some of it is on the parents. But at the end of the day, whichever way you look at it, it’s not the child’s fault if they are not given a book. So whether Rashford’s scheme supplies something the parent could supply or not, it’s a good thing.

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It is true but schools now have cut back on reading books a lot.
The argument being they read more today because of screens. Im not fully on board with this as reading a book can fire a childs imagination. World of difference from being able too read and actually read a book.

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That’s madness. As much as computer skills are obviously the future you can’t replicate the skills gained through reading books.

I’m grateful that I grew up just after smartphones really became a thing as I would’ve hated the thought of being glued to one of those from a young age, I can barely get off my phone as it is now!

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My favourite part of school was always English lessons when we had to read passages from books and different kids played different parts.

I didn’t really start getting into reading until I was about 10-11 but then I absolutely started devouring books and it was a massive part of me developing my vocabulary and understanding of language. Especially crazy fantasy books like Wheel of Time and Game of Thrones as those fantasy authors fucking love using old school, archaic language haha

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Yeah funny you should say that. Im making a conscious effort too get back on books because of the time I waste on my phone.
Never even watch the tv without glancing at it. Why I go the cinema if there’s a film I really want too watch. Only place I really switch it off.
Forgot to take it to work the other week. After a few hours without it felt bloody great.

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Agreed, one of the only times I can ever really concentrate on a film!

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I’ve always loved a book. I can easily put my phone down for a book. This is probably going to sound really sad, but one of the things I have missed most this year is just hanging out in Foyles in Charing Cross Road. When I worked in Soho, I often spent my lunch break just walking around the history section. Had a pleasant conversation with a very old man about The Tudors in that section once, still sticks in my mind. He told me that it was nice to meet a young person passionate about history and he said I had made his day. But he also made mine :slightly_smiling_face:

There is also a Caffè Nero just up the road from it, where the downstairs is surrounded with book shelves and old books. The simple things make a big difference.

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Yeah I can spend hours in a library even in a place im not a member.
Used too go with my wife and she would get a book and then wonder why I couldn’t just pick one and go straight home.
She never understood why I wanted too just keep looking.
One thing I can’t do is read a book again though. I know people do on here but im just thinking there’s something else ive got too read.
.Fever pitch is the exception. Thats it though.

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I’m the same. I reread books where I was young. But now I don’t see the point - unless for work/study purposes. I have about 100 books on my bookshelf that I haven’t read yet and I’m constantly adding to it. So I’d feel like I was wasting time if I read one I have already read. (Though weirdly, I’m the opposite when it comes to films :smile:)

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Films yeah. Television series no.

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Likewise I used to the do the same but at the Foyles on Tottenham Court Road. Always my go to place whenever I want time to myself to switch off haha

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I remain incredulous about the fact that use of this application is not contingent on users signing up for a paid subscription

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:ozil:

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Creation of police States is it?
Time for the French to do what they do best - revolt and get this clown out.

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Defending freedom of speech while voting for an anti freedom of speech bill, how hypocrit.

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Great to see this. First country in Europe to do it I believe

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First in the world, not just Europe.

GG

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It’s outrageous that this has taken so long for any country to implement. Well done to Scotland.

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