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~ Iconicallyrare ~ The Tailored Life

London oozes culture from the cracks of its pavements.  History and liberty abound; yet, perhaps London stands alone as the place in the world that unveils the highest level of the opposing states of regal and raunch.

In some parts of the city, you can feel aristocracy in the air, which I find to be a pleasurable thing.  I don’t need anyone to give me a concerning smile and a hearty chat, but can simply enjoy a sense of refinement and elegance skipping around on the grey streets in the better parts of town.  And, if you are lucky enough to know of some obscure inner circle restaurants in London and cost is not much of a concern, your culinary needs will be more than satisfied.

Other places in London can be abrasive and untidy to the point of having to dodge waste on the streets and an obvious presence…

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PA Pundits - International

By Andrew Bolt ~

A rocket from Gaza has now hit Israel’s capital and biggest city:

The military wing of the Islamist Hamas movement which rules Gaza said it fired the rocket at Jerusalem, the first from the territory ever to strike the outskirts of the Holy City…

Police said it hit in the Gush Etzion bloc of settlements that stretches south of Jerusalem past Bethlehem from just five kilometres (three miles) beyond the city limits.

Tel Aviv, Israel’s second biggest city, has also been hit. No country can tolerate having so many of its people in danger from rocket attacks.

The argument stops there. The shooting comes next.

Andrew Bolt is a journalist and columnist writing for The Herald Sun in Melbourne Victoria Australia.

Andrew Bolt’s columns appear in Melbourne’s Herald Sun, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and Adelaide’s Advertiser. He runs the most-read political blog in Australia and hosts…

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Primary school teachers ‘could face sack’ for refusing to promote gay marriage

Liz Truss, an education minister, refused to rule out the possibility that teachers, even in faith schools, could face disciplinary action for objecting on grounds of conscience.

Miss Truss said simply that it was impossible to know what the impact of the legislation would be at this stage.

Her admission came in a letter to a fellow Conservative MP, David Burrowes, last month.

Mr Burrowes, a practising Christian, originally wrote to Maria Miller, the equalities minister, raising concerns about the impact on schools of the Coalition’s plans to change the marriage laws.

It followed the publication of a legal opinion by Aidan O’Neill QC, a barrister in the same London chambers as Cherie Blair, commissioned by the Coalition for Marriage, which campaigns against same-sex unions.

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From large tracts of rural land to sand from the country’s rivers to human hair, a host of Cambodia’s natural resources are on display in the shop window of China’s largest online trading website.

Alibaba.com—which claims more than 80 million users worldwide and is growing in popularity in Cambodia—links up suppliers, who pay fees to advertise on the site, with buyers that range from large businesses to individuals.

But browsing the items for sale from Cambodia on the website resembles a guide to the ills often blamed for blighting the country’s development and its business environment.

“I have a plot of concession land for sales [sic]. It’s good for rubber plantation,” reads an advertisement from Seng Hout Trading, which has an office in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Kok district.

“If you are looking for big land with very cheap price for lease or purchase then please feel free…

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It all beggars belief!

PA Pundits - International

By Steve Emerson ~

Violence between Israeli Defense Forces and Palestinian terrorist organizations in Gaza this week is prompting the usual outcry from Islamist groups in America and abroad.

Rallies are planned in major cities throughout the United States Friday. Twitter feeds teemed with righteous outrage at what Islamists describe as Israeli aggression.

Tunisia’s ruling Ennahda Party issued a statement praising “the heroic Palestinian people and their steadfast struggle for their legitimate rights and continuous readiness to sacrifice all for that end.” It also “strongly condemns the continuous Zionist savage crimes committed against our brothers and sisters in Gaza and throughout Palestine.”

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood described Israeli strikes as “criminal aggression” done under the cover of American protection.

Nowhere do any of the organizations or activists mention the thousands of rockets Palestinian terrorists have fired from Hamas-controlled Gaza toward Israeli civilians. The pattern holds true among American Islamists.

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Very useful information which we should all bear in mind.

The GOLDEN RULE

Time for a health topic. This article by Hesh Goldstein posted at ‘Natural News‘ is useful especially to those of us with cardiac issues.

In fact there are many heath benefits claimed, definitely warrants a few minutes read and consideration.

(NaturalNews) The more you eat, the lower your risk of certain cancers. Beans have more servings of fiber than any other vegetable. One single serving will give you 20 percent of your daily-recommended fiber.Researchers in Japan did a seven-year study. They studied more than 43,000 people between the ages of 40 and 79 that had high cancer rates and ate little fiber. The more fiber they got from beans, the lower the risk of colon cancer, especially in men, became. It was the bean fiber that impacted the colon cancer statistics more than any other source of fiber.Other research indicates that the fiber in beans like garbanzo’s actually…

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Wonderful!

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A true story of 1950s happened in Chongqing, China.  A 20-year old villager Liu Guojiang fell in love for a widow, XuZhaoQing who is 10years older than him.  In order to avoid gossips from other villagers, they eloped to Jiangjin, a town 1500metres above sea level, deep in the woods, build a home of their own.

Liu Guojiang  spent 50 years alone, chipping over 20 over chisels to carve 6000 over steps of stairway for his wife.  This extra ordinary kind gesture of love is to facilitate his wife daily ascending and descending from their mountain habitat.

They live off their life in the forest by picking wild walnuts, dates and have a few vegetable farms.  The couple raise 7 children with whatever they have and spent half a century living in the mountains.

In 2006, media make a shooting of the 6000 steps and…

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We’re heading for economic dictatorship

Forget about that dead parrot of a question – should we join the eurozone? The eurozone has officially joined us in a newly emerging international organisation: we are all now members of the Permanent No-growth Club. And the United States has just re-elected a president who seems determined to sign up too. No government in what used to be called “the free world” seems prepared to take the steps that can stop this inexorable decline. They are all busily telling their electorates that austerity is for other people (France), or that the piddling attempts they have made at it will solve the problem (Britain), or that taxing “the rich” will make it unnecessary for government to cut back its own spending (America).

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Tax raid on Britain’s rich ‘in next few weeks’, Vince Cable says – Telegraph

The Business Secretary signalled that the Coalition was preparing to unveil a new taxation rate for the better off – possibly at the Autumn statement on December 5.

Pressed on the Andrew Marr programme on BBC1, Mr Cable said that he expected the debate about taxing the well off to be “resolved in the next few weeks”.

The most likely vehicle for the tax raid would be through increasing taxes on people’s homes.

He said: “There needs to be a sense of fairness – better off people in society have got to contribute more. There are arguments around taxation, property taxation – I don’t know where that has got to but it will be resolved in the next few weeks.

“But the principle is right – the people at the top of society have got to pay more.”

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