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A bonfire of worker’s rights

A bonfire of worker’s rights

Not content with making it impossible to “go and live there” if we don’t like Brexit, the Tories are planning to repeal all the EU derived legislation. The Bill is called the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022-23. It is understood to threaten most already inadequate worker’s rights including holiday pay, working hours limitations, and equal pay. It has been suggested that this I am surprised so little’s been said, most if what I can find is either Government statements, or lawyers, who can often be useful.

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On the WOTC OGL

On the WOTC OGL

Wizards of the Coast are looking to earn more money from their D&D assets, this has led to some 3rd party creators to worry about their right of access to the rules which had been available to them via WotC Open Gaming Licence OGL 1.0a. The similarity with the software industry’s open source wars and the music industries war on its customers and fans piqued my interest. So I did some reading (and viewing). Enjoy!

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On CoFoE

On CoFoE

Over the last 18 months I have working with CTOE, their focus has been on using the Conference on the Future of Europe to further democratic reform of the EU. CTOE has been influenced and supports the work of direct democracy campaigners. I made this page at the end of 2022 to expose some of the links and thoughts I have collected.

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Imagemagick

Imagemagick

I am playing with the Introduction Theme for Hugo and needed to see if I could change the pictures used to decorate it. I didn’t want to learn how to use GIMP anymore than I already do so I installed imagemagick. This article links to three articles that talk about greyscale, lightening and resizing and may talk about more when I discover it. Enjoy.

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New Britain, new britcon

New Britain, new britcon

Gordon Brown’s Commission on the constitution of the UK has finished its report. Much of the press focus on the proposal to abolish/reform the House of Lords but it is much more thorough than that. I wonder if in its way its as ambitious as the Chilean constitution that failed earlier this year. I feel a blog article coming, here are my notes and thoughts, I publish them on 15th Dec, I have not yet finished reading the report. So I will almost certainly add to it. …

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ANNO 1880

ANNO 1880

Xmas us coming, I was  on Steam and found ANNO 1880 which looks beautiful, at least in stills. Currently on offer for a very reasonable price. What do others say? I have a look at some reviews. …

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The OBR

The OBR

The Office of Budget Responsibility (OBR) was founded by George Osborne as part of his shredding of George Brown’s reputation. He wanted and independence badge to put on the economic forecasts on which fiscal policy was based. He accused Brown of making it up. Anyway now we have the OBR, here are my notes and links …