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Are cemeteries the new safe investment? | Money | The Guardian
October 18th, 5:32
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Are cemeteries the new safe investment? | Money | The GuardianAs councils run out of space, private investors are planning to move in. Photograph: Andrew Fox/Corbis Try not to die if you live in the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets or Hackney – the councils don’t have anywhere to put you. They are among a growing number of local authorities across Britain that have run out of burial space, or are close to it. Some estimates suggest that by 2019 all 130 cemeteries in London and its outer areas will have run out of capacity. And it’s not just the capital that is suffering. Last month the popular retirement area of Poole in Dorset said its two remaining cemeteries would run out of space within a year, while in Wales church leaders have warned of a “burial crisis”, with a quarter of grounds already full and 43% with fewer than 20 spaces left. The shortage – and the fact that councils are strapped for cash – is pushing up burial fees. Last month Glasgow increased the cost of a new plot from £658 to £1,076, and from £540 to £808 for burial in an existing family plot. Data from Cipfa, the organisation for accountants in the public sector, shows that between 2008 and 2009 the average fee for interments in the UK rose from £458 to £493, up 8.7%. The fee for burial outside your home borough rose even more, to £903 from £833. Private operators are moving in to fill the gap – and this week saw the launch of “CemeteryInvest.com”, which is offering plots for £875 at a new cemetery on the edge of Birmingham. However, it is not targeting the bereaved or people trying to reserve a space for themselves – it is aimed at private investors, who, in effect, lease the land then sell later at a profit. It claims investors could make 60% in as little as two years, and can even put the investment into their pension.

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Autumn colour in Britain
October 16th, 10:17
Caroline Broad says: 'Here is a photograph of Fly Agaric. I've never seen it in such profusion. This autumn is proving to be a wonderful one'

Caroline Broad says: “Here is a photograph of Fly Agaric. I’ve never seen it in such profusion. This autumn is proving to be a wonderful one”http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/gardeningpicturegalleries/8067101/More-Telegraph-readers-pictures-of-autumn-colour-in-Britain.html

New species of fish discovered in ocean’s deepest depths – Nature, Environment – The Independent
October 15th, 9:31
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A new species has been discovered in a part of the ocean previously thought to be entirely free of fish, scientists said yesterday. 

The new type of snailfish was found living at a depth of 7,000m in the Peru-Chile trench of the South East Pacific Ocean.

Mass groupings of cusk-eels and large crustacean scavengers were also discovered living at these depths for the first time, scientists said. The findings, in one of the deepest places on the planet, were made by a team of marine biologists from the University of Aberdeen and experts from Japan and New
New species of fish discovered in ocean’s deepest depths – Nature, Environment – The Independent

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The Last Beekeeper: Conversation Starter : Planet Green – On TV
October 15th, 6:41
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Beekeeping for Beginners: Get Prepared Mentally
By now everybody knows how important it is to help the honey bees. Whether you are planting honey bee friendly plants or supporting your local backyard beekeeper, you are doing a vital service to our planet, and to our own well-being. Without bees, our diet would be pretty darned boring.
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Hitler exhibition breaks Germany’s last taboo – News, Art – The Independent
October 14th, 17:04
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Adolf Hitler (left), standing up behind Herman...Image via Wikipedia 

Hitler exhibition breaks Germany’s last taboo – News, Art – The Independent
The first German exhibition since the Second World War to deal exclusively with the taboo subject of Adolf Hitler opens in Berlin tomorrow despite organisers’ concerns it may be used as a shrine by neo-Nazis or invoke angry criticism from Holocaust survivors. As a result, curators at Berlin’sGerman History Museum have been scrupulous in their efforts to show the Nazi leader in a constantly negative light. To minimise controversy they also ruled out giving the exhibition the simple but possibly ambiguous title, “Hitler”. Instead the elaborate display of Nazi memorabilia and propaganda, which includes dozens of Hitler postcards, bronze busts, paintings, Swastika beer mats and lampshades, has been more didactically named: “Hitler and the Germans. The national community and violence.” Fears that the exhibition could deliver the wrong message were underlined by Professor Hans-Ulrich Thamer, the chief curator when the idea was first mooted six years ago. He insisted that every effort should be made to avoid glorification of the Nazi leader. “We must not create any opportunity for people to identify with him,” he said.

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Autumn in Britain
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