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UK Conservative Party chairman says Brexit must be binding

LONDON Britain’s vote to leave the European Union must be binding, the chairman of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party said on Sunday, and the exit process will be started before the next general election. Patrick McLoughlin, who was made party chairman by new Prime Minister Theresa May last week, told the BBC’s Marr Show that the […]

5 Maths Gems #60
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5 Maths Gems #60

Welcome to my 60th update from the world of Maths EduTwitter. Here I summarise some of the latest ideas and resources for teaching maths.

1. Perpendicular Gradient
I love this gif demonstrating the relationship between gradients of perpendicular lines, shared by Simon Pampena (@mathemaniac).

Geogebra fans will be pleased to see that Tim Brzezinski ‏(@dynamic_math) made ‘Slope Triangle

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UK seeks to assuage global worries over path to Brexit

CHENGDU, China Britain’s new finance minister Philip Hammond, under pressure from his peers from around the world, said on Sunday there could be more clarity later this year on how the country will exit the European Union. Several nations called on Britain during weekend talks on the world economy to explain how the politically fraught […]

Looking  Ahead
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Looking Ahead

So how was your 2015/16? Careers have their ups and downs. This was the best year of my teaching career so far, thanks to a wonderful set of colleagues.

I got my new timetable on Friday which means I can now start thinking about what I need to do over summer to prepare for September. My school has increased the time allocated to maths for most year groups, so this is where we now stand in terms

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People are comparing toilet roll holders around the world and Japan wins again

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There’s a bit of toilet humour going down on Internet at the moment. 

You see, even though the humble toilet paper roll holder is part of your daily routine, it probably doesn’t enter your mind unless you run out of paper at an unfortunate moment. That’s why it’s baffling so many people are sharing videos of badly-designed toilet roll holders from around the world on Reddit. Baffling, but also amazing.

It’s everything you never knew you needed. 

Of course, Japan leads the pack with this ingenious but admittedly rather ugly-looking toilet roll holder, which was posted by user wisyf in the GIFs subreddit. Look at how incredibly simple it is to replace the roll — all you need is one hand. Pure brilliance.  Read more…

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This 1952 Buick land-speed record holder can be yours for $195,000
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This 1952 Buick land-speed record holder can be yours for $195,000

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This 1952 Buick raw steel-finished beauty has a lot of titles, from its formal model name — the Super Riviera — to six-time land-speed world record holder. You can just call her “Bombshell Betty.”

Up for sale at duPont Registry is the highly modified but nonetheless stunning 1952 Buick Super Riviera you see above. And let me let most of you down right out of the shoot: You probably can’t afford it. Bombshell Beauty’s owner is asking $195,000 — or best offer.

1952 Buick “Bombshell Betty” Super Riviera

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Still don’t know which Australian party to vote for? This tool can help.
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Still don’t know which Australian party to vote for? This tool can help.

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If you’re unsure which political party to vote for Saturday in the Australian election, never fear: There are a multitude of online tools that can help.

There are the questionnaires created by news outlets including Fairfax Media‘s YourVote tool and ABC’s Vote Compass, but you may have also seen ISideWith results being shared by friends in your Facebook feed.

Created by former roommates Taylor Peck and Nick Boutelier in the U.S., the platform asks a series of questions on social, economic and political issues that help you decide which party aligns best with your views. The site is operational in more than eight countries, Peck told Mashable Australia, launching in Brazil and Spain in 2016. Read more…

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Devastating R.I.P. video will make you mourn for Sydney’s lost nightlife
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Devastating R.I.P. video will make you mourn for Sydney’s lost nightlife

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A video for Sydney’s not-so-vibrant nightlife hit the Internet on Thursday night with the emotional weight of an Oscar in-memoriam package.

In 2014 Sydney’s nightlife decided it was time for bed. Well, conservative and strict step-father figure, NSW Premier Mike Baird decided, much to the chagrin of a lot of the young people in the state.

Two years on and Sydney production company Shifted Pictures, purveyors of beautiful timelapse videography, has used its artistic talents to tug at our heart strings and to accentuate just how the once vibrant landscape of Sydney’s nightlife is as dead as a doornail.

The latest offering from the company, a piece entitled Closed Sydney, depicts the eerie stillness of the once lively city. The only movement onscreen is traffic whizzing past ghostly, empty buildings that once played host to many a fancy-free dance-off, a sneaky pash and shot-induced hazy memories.

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Chevrolet cuts 4G LTE data plan pricing for its vehicles in half

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Chevrolet was the first automaker to add 4G LTE connectivity to every model in its lineup. And now, just in time for the Fourth of July, the American automaker is cutting its data plan pricing virtually in half.

The Wi-Fi hotspot generated from the vehicle’s 4G data connection can support up to seven devices at once. Chevrolet brags it has sold more than 2.1 million vehicles with LTE connectivity since June 2014.

The brand now offers four distinct data plans. At the low end, buyers can choose 1 gigabyte per month for $10 per month — down from $20 per month. At the top end, customers can step up from 10 GB  for 12 months plan to  20 GB, for the same price of $150. Read more…

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