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    New British Passports the whningers start.

    The British passport has a new design which I see nothing wrong with but as usual the whingers are trying to make an issue over nothing stupid XXXX. What does it matter ;


    Sexism row over new UK passport design

    Image caption Elisabeth Scott, the architect of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in Stratford, is one of two women in the new passport

    The government has been accused of sexism over the new UK passport design, which commemorates the achievements of two women but seven men.

    The redesign focuses on UK figures and landmarks from the past 500 years.

    Architect Elisabeth Scott and mathematician Ada Lovelace are the only women to feature.

    Government officials defended the design, but Labour's shadow employment secretary Emily Thornberry said it was "exasperating", adding: "We exist."

    MP Stella Creasy also criticised the redesign, while gender equality campaign group the Fawcett Society accused the government of "airbrushing" women out of history.
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    Image caption Mathematician and early computer programmer Ada Lovelace was the other woman featured, alongside Charles Babbage

    Minister for Immigration James Brokenshire launched the new passport at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London, along with representatives from the Passport Office.

    The theme for the new 34-page passport is "Creative United Kingdom", and a portrait of Shakespeare is used for the security watermark on each page.

    The seven men showcased in the new passport are playwright William Shakespeare, artists John Constable, Anish Kapoor and Sir Antony Gormley, architect Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, computer pioneer Charles Babbage and John Harrison, a clockmaker who invented the marine clock.

    The document also highlights the Rocket locomotive, the Angel of the North and Edinburgh Castle among other historic people, places, events and achievements.
    Missed opportunity

    The design was criticised by Ms Thornberry, who tweeted: "Here we go again - new UK passport has 7 men featured and just 2 women. We exist."

    Speaking to the BBC, she said: "This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women as well.

    "We have had this fight about bank notes and now it's about passports.

    "I just feel as though we are here all over again."

    Ms Creasy also criticised the selection, asking her Twitter followers to send the Home Office their suggestions of female inclusions such as Barbara Hepworth, Virginia Woolf and Beatrix Potter.

    "Come on Twitter, let's help the Home Office out as they clearly don't know the UK's women creatives," she said.

    Sam Smethers, chief executive of the Fawcett Society, said the move was "completely unacceptable".

    "Instead of being celebrated and remembered, great British women are being airbrushed out of history.

    "They could have included the first feminist and writer Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, Virginia Woolf, Bridget Riley - the list is endless," she said.
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    Image caption James Brokenshire, Minister for Immigration, shows off pages from the new design at Shakespeare's Globe

    Mark Thomson, director general of the Passport Office, defended the design.

    "It wasn't something where we said 'let's set out to only have two women'," he said.

    "In trying to celebrate the UK's creativity we tried to get a range of locations and things around the country to celebrate our triumphs over the years, so there we are."

    Asked about the omission of female icons such as Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters, he said: "Whenever we do these things there is always someone who wants their favourite rock band or icon in the book.

    "We've got 16 pages, a very finite space. We like to feel we've got a good representative view celebrating some real icons of the UK - Shakespeare, Constable and of course Elisabeth Scott herself."

    The decision to include two women and seven men was signed off by ministers, and the figures included were a "good representation" of artists and designers, he added.
    More secure

    Mr Brokenshire said the new passport design was "the most secure that the UK has ever issued" thanks to advanced printing technology with UV and infrared light, inks and watermarks.

    "The UK passport has an international reputation as a trusted and secure travel document, and we work tirelessly to stay one step ahead of the criminals who attempt to abuse the UK's immigration laws," he said.

    Work on the new design was started more than two years ago as part of a 10 year, 400m contract.

    A new passport is launched in the UK every five years, but Mr Thomson confirmed that the current price for a standard passport, 72.50, would not change.

    The new passport is due to be rolled out in phases, starting in December 2015.

    Sexism row over new UK passport design - BBC News

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    Jesus. Whinging poms. How did the moaning cunts ever get that rep? Hard to believe the ancestors of those whining entitled bastards once ruled the world and won the most terrible wars in history. The British today are an utter disgrace. If we ever need to ask how far a people can fall we know where to look. Whining self-pitying inadequates.

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    ^and the English hating mick lives in St Albans

    just fuk off then!

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    The modern brit today is a shadow of what they were.... like the Portuguese or Belgium.

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    ^a drongo verdict, eh but, fair dinkum, ya get , yeeah mate, strewth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin
    Speaking to the BBC, she said: "This is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women as well.

    "We have had this fight about bank notes
    I thought there was a woman taking up half of every pound note

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    Quote Originally Posted by pompeysbroke
    ^and the English hating mick lives in St Albans

    just fuk off then!
    Quote Originally Posted by pompeysbroke
    ^a drongo verdict, eh but, fair dinkum, ya get , yeeah mate, strewth
    Why do you post the same shit in every thread? Can't give it a rest, stalking several posters just to write the above?

    Dumb and poor - no wonder you're angry.

    Anyway . . .

    It does seem odd to have only two women as opposed to seven men - and to think your head of state is a woman

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Jesus. Whinging poms. How did the moaning cunts ever get that rep? Hard to believe the ancestors of those whining entitled bastards once ruled the world and won the most terrible wars in history. The British today are an utter disgrace. If we ever need to ask how far a people can fall we know where to look. Whining self-pitying inadequates.
    I sense some irony here. The article isn't about 'whinging poms', only whinging feminists. The most globally recognised and outspoken feminist is Germaine Greer, an Australian. Maybe the feminist movement is low key in Australia.........


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    No jocks on here whinging about the lack of sweaties there as well? They are everywhere else.... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b
    Whinging poms.
    fair go b0bbles - whinging is the only sport they are good at

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Jesus. Whinging poms. How did the moaning cunts ever get that rep? Hard to believe the ancestors of those whining entitled bastards once ruled the world and won the most terrible wars in history. The British today are an utter disgrace. If we ever need to ask how far a people can fall we know where to look. Whining self-pitying inadequates.
    Could have been worse, we could have sat by shanty style roadside bars drinking red diesel and constantly moaning about a lack of potatoes or scattering the globe with caravan dwelling concrete shoveling pikey's with a fanatical patriotism which peaked itself to a crescendo after 10 pints on St.Paddy's day shoving a few notes in The Gerry Adams gravy train fund can rattling around some wanabe gangsters neck in a Irish themed pub in deepest darkest Peru.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DrB0b View Post
    Jesus. Whinging poms. How did the moaning cunts ever get that rep? Hard to believe the ancestors of those whining entitled bastards once ruled the world and won the most terrible wars in history. The British today are an utter disgrace. If we ever need to ask how far a people can fall we know where to look. Whining self-pitying inadequates.
    Could have been worse, we could have sat by shanty style roadside bars drinking red diesel and constantly moaning about a lack of potatoes or scattering the globe with caravan dwelling concrete shoveling pikey's with a fanatical patriotism which peaked itself to a crescendo after 10 pints on St.Paddy's day shoving a few notes in The Gerry Adams gravy train fund can rattling around some wanabe gangsters neck in a Irish themed pub in deepest darkest Peru.
    Started off well there with appropriate use of a comma but wandered off track a bit after that. I'm guessing you're saying Paddy scum are as bad as or worse than British scum. Well, there's no doubt about that. Doesn't mean that the brits aren't a bunch of self-pitying whiners, though.

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    one thing the UK can be rightly proud of is its disproportionate contributions to the world in the form of science, engineering and creativity. so choosing 9 people to go on the passport pages is bound to be hard given the number of viable candidates over the last 500 years, its going to be impossible to be fair... and brits don't like things being unfair... its why our speed traps have bright yellow backs to make them clearly visible on the road.... and ultimately its the necessarily arbitrary choice of these people to the exclusion of equally deserving candidates thats going to wind people up.

    as for the accusations of sexism, well we have a long histoy of writing women out of the picture when ist comes to history and discoveries. And its right and fair that we should do something for these people who were robbed of recinition.... and these pasport images would ahve been a nice way to recodnise some of these injustices.

    Rosaline franklin comes to mind, as does lady ada... who is featured. if she had been a man we would have had steam powered computers before the end of the 19th century. arguably alan turing comes to mind given the contribution he made to society and the dispicable treatment he received.
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    It hasn’t been the greatest week for the people who designed our new British passport.
    First they had to defend themselves over accusations of sexism when people noticed only a few women were included in their celebration of Great Britons.
    Now others have pointed out the tube map is a bit of mess, missing out Southwark station from the Jubilee line and forgetting the extended Overground line existed at all. London Bridge and Queen’s Road Peckham stations are in the wrong place. So overall it’s not looking great… unless this is all part of a clever plan to baffle people who would try to forge a passport.
    Nitpickers across the city are having a field day.


    Read more: Tube map on new passports is wrong | Metro News

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    they seem to have missed all the other bits that are missing. The artists have the excuse that its representation of the tube network not an accurate map.... what excuse do the metro journals have for missing all the other missing stations?

    and anyway south wick stations the middle of nowhere, no bugger uses it and its not like anyones going to miss it

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    I object to the wog in a sari, where do I complain to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94
    I object to the wog in a sari, where do I complain to?
    Anonymously on an Internet forum:

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    ^ A Thai internet forum, it needs to be said.

    I guess chav-scum haven't quite figured out the whole spatial issue with the internet yet

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    I want beefeaters, Shakespeare, Churchill, Wellington and the Queen on UK passports, not a dancing Indian in a bloody sari, still at least no fuking green crescent on it yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    The modern brit today is a shadow of what they were.... like the Portuguese or Belgium.
    Belgium???

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94
    I want beefeaters, Shakespeare, Churchill, Wellington and the Queen on UK passports, not a dancing Indian in a bloody sari, still at least no fuking green crescent on it yet
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly94
    I want beefeaters, Shakespeare, Churchill, Wellington and the Queen on UK passports, not a dancing Indian in a bloody sari, still at least no fuking green crescent on it yet
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    Why not have a Dubliner, Arthur Wellesley, yet Arthur Guinness has more fans.
    Churchill was half American so let them a Ted Cruz Missile will cover all the asses

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    Can you imagine and Indian or Paki passport with Jane Austen or Flo Nightingale in them? UK PC multicultural bastards, ditch the wog!

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