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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 meetin…

Recipes for Bear's garlic

My cousin told me she made Jiaozi dumplings with her classmates one weekend, fillings are "wild chives" and pork mince. They picked "wild chives" in the wood behind their house. Though I asked her to show me next time and also pick some to make dumplings, I was suspicious, and not so enthusiastic about making wild chive dumplings. There is an old Chinese saying, 'He who was once bitten by a snake will always have a fear of a coiled rope.' Last Christmas, I bought a bunch of daffodils and mistook them as garlic sprouts. I cooked with pasta, half an hour after dinner, my stomach started aching and vomited everything out. Luckily my daughters didn't like the bitter taste, they only ate a little. They vomited also, but not as serious as me. It's said on the internet that many Chinese mistake daffodil as garlic shoot and got poisoned. I AM afraid of being poisoned again by some unknown plant.

Today we went for a walk along a the Ox Field Beck, crossed a …