Cacciaguida

Defending the 12th century since the 14th; blogging since the 21st.

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Who was Cacciaguida? See Dante's PARADISO, Cantos XV, XVI, & XVII.


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Tuesday, July 22, 2008
 
Today's Britnews

* Batman arrested! But now doubt he'll be able to make Bale ha ha ha ha ha ha ha....

(Hey girls! Remember Christian Bale as Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream, opposite Allie McBeal's Helena, and understandably pursuing Anna Friel's Hermia?)

* They might not be picking up your garbage any more.
The government is to give councils the power to refuse to collect rubbish if home owners fail to abide by draconian rules which may include leaving bins in the right place, sticking to weight restrictions and following strict recycling policies.

Labour is quietly pushing the new rules through parliament without any debate after it proposed amendments to a 130-year-old law which has, until now, made it a statutory duty of local authorities to collect household waste.

There are fears that the changes to the law will lead to large increases in fly-tipping, bonfires of noxious substances and rat infestations around uncollected waste. Despite this, there will no reduction in council tax for home owners.

The Conservatives described the plans as "disgraceful", adding that bin men will now be able to use "any excuse not to empty your bin".

Many Labour MPs fear the changes will add to a growing backlash against the government which has seen them slump in the polls.

"Fly-tipping," it turns out, means emptying your trash in an unauthorized location, such as in front of your local Labour MP's home.