Book Review – A History of Frauds Through the Ages, Beggars, Cheats and Forgers



First glance at the title might encourage the reader to think this might be a story of everyday political folk, but it is in fact a carefully researched study of a much neglected area of British history. It produces a fascinating view of historical scams and holds the reader’s attention to the end.

This book is thought provoking and will reward the reader’s time.

Every employee using a computer needs to understand cyber security risks, House of Lords committee told


A cyber security expert has told a House of Lords committee that a basic understanding of cyber security among all company employees is critical. Relying on a few cyber security professionals cannot provide the level of reassurance and safety that modern businesses require.

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Drunkeness endemic in Scotland

As the Scottish government announces plans to reduce the country’s drink-drive limit, a new UK-wide study from Direct Line reveals that one in seven pubs are failing to offer customers a small (125ml) glass of wine. The research raises concerns for motorists in particular, who are looking to manage their alcoholic intake to ensure they are still legally able to drive.


In summary:

Earlier this year Scotland’s Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said 125ml measures should be made more widely available and in England and Wales, offering 125ml measures is a legal requirement

Despite this, 15% of non-chain pubs say they don’t serve a 125ml glass of wine

29% of those that say they do, don’t actually list it on the menu

Wine is the drink of choice amongst the majority (76%) of female motorists who drink alcohol

In fact, one in six (17%) female motorists think they’ve driven whilst over the legal limit in the past year

Over half admit they don’t know how many glasses of wine can legally be consumed before driving

The proportion of driving convictions from women almost doubled from 1998 -2012

In 84% of cases, it was cheaper to buy a 250ml glass than two 125ml glasses. In one instance ‘doubling up’ cost just 30 pence

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Climate change PROVED to be ‘nothing but a lie’, claims top meteorologist

THE debate about climate change is finished – because it has been categorically proved NOT to exist, one of the world’s leading meteorologists has claimed.
By: Jason Taylor
Published: Thu, October 23, 2014 Daily Express


Climate change has been ‘disproved’ and polar ice is ‘increasing’ [ AP]

John Coleman, who co-founded the Weather Channel, shocked academics by insisting the theory of man-made climate change was no longer scientifically credible.

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CEU Professor Contributes to Study that Shows Technology Spreads Like Disease


A dataset recording Skype-spreading dynamics gives evidence of media and social interactions in innovation adoption


Budapest, Oct. 22, 2014 – Professor Janos Kertesz from the Center for Network Science at CEU contributed to a collegial study on innovation dissemination with researchers from French Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon and Aalto University (Helsinki). The scientists investigated the spreading of online innovations using big data and came to the conclusion that social adoption of innovation is similar to the pattern of epidemic contagion. Although these mechanisms have been identified by quantitative theories, their role and relative importance are not entirely understood, since empirical verification has been so far hindered by the lack of appropriate data.

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Museums, mates and money are vital skills for children say parents


Exceptional National Maritime Museum Cornwall was voted Most Family Friendly Museum

– Children best prepared for adulthood with cultural activities, socialising and financial education -

- Santander makes financial education fun with new 1|2|3 Mini Zone for children -

Visiting a museum, hanging out with friends and learning about money are some of the most important life skills children can learn to prepare them for adulthood, a survey of Britain’s parents now reveals.


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