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Top of the Pops #1 July 1976

Gender Recognition Act

It's hard to keep up with anything but coronavirus news at the moment, but I had Liz Truss' statement on potential reforms to the Gender Recognition Act flagged up to me on Twitter and, just, ugh. I do not know where this idea that getting a Gender Recognition Certificate and full reassignment surgery is something that happens one day on a whim comes from. It is an extremely long and complicated process, with endless layers of red tape - not to mention discrimination - in your way. Anyway, here is the email I sent off to my own local representatives in the hope of raising awareness and maybe even getting some clarity...  -- I was really concerned to see the statement from Liz Truss about the proposed reform of the Gender Recognition Act - rather than simplifying the process of getting a Gender Recognition Certificate, which was what campaigners have been calling for, the govt are suggesting putting more steps in and potentially denying treatment to under 18s. My

Sindy Catalogue - 1999

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Sindy Catalogue - 2000

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Sindy Catalogue - 2001

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World Penguin Day

It's Penguin Day! Here are ten penguin-tastic properties you could enjoy while celebrating... Happy Feet This cute 2006 movie follows tap dancing penguin Mumble (Elijah Wood) who has to be banished from home to find somewhere he truly belongs. Voice acting credits for the film and its inevitable sequel boast the likes of Robin Williams, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon - but that still wasn't enough to stop Happy Feet Two becoming a box office bomb. The Adventures of Scamper the Penguin The Adventures of Lolo the Penguin, to give the film its proper title, was a co-production between Japan and the Soviet Union, completed in 1986. Lolo (Scamper) and his best friend Pépé get lost and have to find their way back home, with the help of the usual menagerie of animal characters, only to find that poachers have captured all the baby penguins to sell to zoos. Lolo and friends save the day - with the number of fatalities accrued along the way dep

Friday Five: Public Information Campaigns

I've always had a soft spot for public information films - they appeal to me as both a useful means of disseminating important information, and the ease with which they can be spoofed. Plus there's the fact that so many of them are absolutely terrifying. Nothing says success like ensuring entire generations have nightmares... #5. Green Cross Code There have been so many different iterations of the green cross code campaign , from Batman teaching London kids kerb drill in the 1940s right through to the 'staying alive' hedgehogs of my own childhood. My favourite, however, has to be 1983's Close To The Edge which uses Grandmaster Flash's The Message to teach us that Johnny was a fool who didn't act cool. He walked on out, he broke every rule. He should have checked it out, he should have used his head - if he don't watch out he's gonna wind up dead! #4. THINK! The mark of a good public information campaign is that those who se

Sindy Catalogue - 1991

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