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Wikipedia is down

The English version of the Wikipedia website will be shut down for 24 hours in protest at new laws being proposed in America to stop online piracy.

Wikipedia's founder, Jimmy Wales, told Newsnight he agrees with protecting copyrighted content but not with the way it is being done.

But Michael O'Leary of the Motion Picture Association of America said that Wikipedia's 24-hour blackout was a "cute gimmick".

For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.

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The Promise

Has anyone watched this amazing drama on channel 4 called the promise? If you haven't, heres a little info:

Claire Foy and Christian Cooke lead an international cast, including Itay Tiran, Haaz Sleiman, Ali Sulaiman and Perdita Weeks, in Peter Kosminsky's new four-part drama serial.

Just as 18-year-old Londoner Erin sets off to spend summer in Israel with her best friend, Eliza, she unearths an old diary belonging to her seriously ill grandfather, Len. Intrigued by the life of this old man she barely knows, she takes the diary with her, and is stunned to learn of his part in the post-WWII British peace-keeping force in what was then Palestine.

Muslim Women are Like Diamonds

“Think of it this way. Women are God's special creations. They are like diamonds."

Now, you don't want to wrap and protect a precious diamond in some trashy see-through material, do you?
It does not live up to the reputation or value of a diamond. Instead, you would do so in a small nice opaque pouch made out of soft velvet.
This way, not only do get to hide it away from wandering eyes for safety, you also get to give the diamond the treatment it deserves.

Too right...who agrees? Wink