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Constituencies, wards and local councils

Constituencies (a.k.a. parliamentary constituencies): each electing one Member of Parliament (MP) every 5 years to the House of Commons (Parliament). There are 650 constituencies in the UK. Wards (a.k.a. electoral divisions or electoral wards) is the primary unit of English electoral geography for borough and district councils, county councils or city councils. Each ward elects either one or two councillors to be members of the local council. There were 9,456 electoral wards/divisions in the UK and each ward has an average electorate of about 5,500 people, but ward population can vary substantially. Local council is made up of a number of Councillors (Cllr) who meet regularly to make decisions about the direction of the council and the work it does for the community. As elected bodies local councils are responsible to their local community. Attending a council meeting is the best way to find out what they do and how they make decisions. Members of public can attend public council m

Fw: The gingerbread Man by dory

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device From: brenda sheng <> Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:35:52 +0000 To: Jim Sheng<> Subject: The gingerbread Man by dory The Gingerbread Man Once upon a time… there was a old man and old lady, they made a gingerbread man and they mixed.  They mixed and they mixed. It was done, and they pressed the cutter on the dough. They made raisins for eyes… and cherry for nose. Orange skin for his mouth and three raisins for his buttons. They put it on the oven and they were watching TV. and the oven called ding ding! So they opened the oven and the gingerbread man quickly ran out the door and said "run run run! As fast as you can! you can't catch me! i'm the gingerbread man!" The old lady and old man said "stop stop!" We love gingerbread men! They ran and they met a little boy and little girl and the boy was pushing the girl on the swings. The girl said &qu

Fw: Acrostic Poem

Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device From: brenda sheng <> Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:02:13 +0000 To: Jim Sheng<> Subject: Acrostic Poem S pringtime when baby lamb are born, beautiful flowers and small chicks. P ray for the lord Jesus Christ for Jesus has risen from the dead R ound the short corner to becoming older a new year, be happy refresh yourselves. I nside caves and growing, new lives come to earth and live a happy life together with their mothers. N o snow is left a splash of colour grows from the ground respect spring for it is beautiful. G rass is green, starting a new year, celebrations to the end new events coming up so...... Happy New Year!!!!!

International News

Most of us are quite lazy when it comes to the news. There are 24 hour news channels like the BBC and SKY news; surely they must cover all of the issues? If you thought so then you are in for a rude shock. Although these news channels claim to be international you will generally only hear what is going on in the UK. Sure there is news from the US and very major events are covered but they make the decision as to what is major and what is not. There is a major skew in terms of focus to the US, leaving only time for bad news from the Middle East and nothing from the east or South America. The only time you will hear about Africa is during the (depressing) charity commercials in-between.  I became bored with this paltry offering and looked further afield. The first and easiest options are to look a few channels over at say Russia Today which has a strong US focus but in the negative skew. They also cover other world news with more breadth and depth. Al Jazeera English is ano