Unpalatable facts

Did you know….

that domestic abuse increases during World Cup season?  The BBC noted yesterday  that

“During the 2006 World Cup held in Germany, Home Office data showed a 31% rise in domestic violence reports on the day of England’s 1-0 victory over Paraguay.”

WTF happens when England loses?

And in other news…. The Guardian First Book Award is allegedly going to start charging publishers £150 for each individual title entered.  In these straitened times, that’s a pretty effective way of ensuring the judges see less from the smaller presses – and that probably means far less poetry.

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