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20 October 2014
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Something that is causing great consternation among parents at the moment is the imposition of a £60.00 per day fine if they choose to remove a child from school without permission. Permission is only ever granted under exceptional circumstances. It is legal to remove one’s children from school permanently and school them at home, but parents who choose to go down this route usually have to satisfy social services and the local education authority that their children are receiving an adequate education.

 

In Birmingham recently, there has been a scandal involving a supposed “Trojan Horse” plot to place religiously motivated individuals into positions as governors of some state schools. These “infiltrators” have been accused of pushing a hard-line, fundamentalist Muslim agenda. Decisive action has been taken, and the affected schools have been put under ‘special measures’ by the UK schools inspectorate OFSTED.

 

Rightly or wrongly, the UK authorities are so focussed on ensuring that all children attend school/receive an appropriate education that they are prepared to criminalise parents who remove their children for as little as a single day, and impose vigorous regulation on schools suspected of pushing an overly strict religious agenda. With this in mind, one might reasonably suppose that children removed from school and placed in an unregulated environment would be of interest to the appropriate authorities. 

 

How then, have hundreds of Jewish boys in the borough of Hackney, in London, been removed from state education and placed in “illegal”, unregulated schools which do not meet basic standards of safety and child welfare? How has this happened with the full knowledge of the authorities, who have decided not to take immediate and decisive action? Why have the parents of these children been let off the £60.00 per day fine, and why haven’t the illegal schools been shut down?

 

This Is An Outrage!

 

 

In the wake of a series of shocking child abuse cases and the consequent backlash, loving parents taking their child to A&E with cuts and bruises in the UK can expect to be accused of abusing their children (click here) (and here). However, some religious groups/parents indoctrinate, physically abuse(click here) and deny their children an education without scrutiny.

 

This Is An Outrage!

 

Regular visitors to this site will know that indoctrination of minors, ritual mutilation of minors and depriving children of a good education are reviled by Badobadop. The law applies to everyone, yet some religious groups would appear to be immune.

 

Badobadop says:

 

“Society should stop pussyfooting around to spare the feelings of fundamentalist/extremist religious groups. We should act, and act now, to end this outrage and make sure that all children receive the education that they deserve. Schools should nurture a tolerance of all faiths and teach children the tenets of all the major religions. Children should be aware that many people view the very existence of God as being fanciful. Let children make their own choices when they are old enough to understand and make up their own minds. Indoctrination, physical mutilation and the failure to provide an education is abuse….. Let’s stamp it out!”

 

Factual information for this rant was taken from the Telegraph online, 14 July 2014 (click here).

 

Badobadop believes that subjecting a young child to a procedure such as circumcision or other form of genital/bodily mutilation for religious reasons is barbaric, evil and abusive. The practice should be criminalised.

 

Badobadop believes that indoctrinating a child before they are able to make an informed choice is abuse, but difficult to define or criminalise.

 

Badobadop believes that depriving a child of an education that prepares them for life in the society that they live is abuse and should be criminalised.

 

Badobadop believes that withdrawing a child from school for short periods without good reason should be discouraged but not criminalised. There is a limit to how much state interference is justified in this regard.

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294 - 296 Walsgrave Road,
Coventry.
CV2 4BL
 
Last inspected: 04: September 2014
 
Food Standards Agency Rating: 5
 
The Dhaka Dynasty is an excellent restaurant/takeaway which I have used on many occasions. The food is always of the highest standard, and the staff are always pleasant and helpful. Badobadop has pleasure in sending the Dhaka Dynasty to the top of the class! 
 
 
The Simla Balti Takeaway
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20 October 2014
20 October 2014
Coventry's Food Watchdog
Last week I  explained how the Food Standards Agency hygiene ratings work. I also named a few food outlets in Coventry that hold particularly poor ratings (0, 1 or 2 out of a possible 5). Now the Good Food Guru has muscled in on the act and insisted that I contrast the standards of restaurants and takeaways in and around Coventry every now and again. To this end, Badobadop will be issuing report cards on  some food outlets based on their food hygiene rating. I will choose one as a paragon of virtue, and another as somewhat lacking and in need of improvement. Here are my two choices for this week:
 
 
The Dhaka Dynasty Tandoori
 
 
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13 Riverside Close,
Coventry.
CV3 4AT
 
Last inspected 25: September 2013
 
Food Standards Agency Rating: 1
 
The Simla Balti has been sitting on a food hygiene rating of 1 for over a year now. Badobadop can't pass comment on the food or the service, as Badobadop chooses to take its business to outlets with a rating of 3 or more.
 
 
If anyone has any suggestions for restaurants and takeaways, whether they be good or bad, let me know via the contact button. I will keep them in mind for the future.
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Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta Bake
20 October 2014
The Good Food Guru isn’t too proud to make use of kitchen staples to rustle up something from nowhere at short notice. Don’t be put off by the simplicity of this recipe, it makes a delicious meal for two people with stuff you probably already have in your food cupboard/freezer. The rice crispy and cheese topping might seem a bit unusual, but it is very simple to do, and adds a special crunch to the dish. Avoid the temptation to make this one too often, or you might find your waistline growing faster than a banker’s salary!
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Ingredients

 

70 g (2½ oz) dried pasta twists (fusilli).

300 g (10¾ oz) can of condensed, Baxters/Campbell’s, cream of mushroom soup.

180 ml (¾ cup) milk.

200 g (7 oz) can of tuna chunks (drained).

70 g (2½ oz) frozen peas.

70 g (2½ oz) frozen sweet corn.

85 g (3 oz) mature cheddar cheese (grated).

Three handfuls of rice crispies.

 

 

Method

 

Put the condensed soup in a medium sized saucepan with the milk, Warm gently and stir constantly. As soon as the soup becomes smooth and creamy take off the heat and set to one side.

 

Cook the pasta in salted water for a few minutes until it softens. Remove from the heat and drain before it is completely cooked.

 

Add the pasta to the soup along with the sweet corn, peas, tuna chunks and half of the cheese.

 

Gently stir the mixture to distribute the ingredients and pour into an oven proof dish with a capacity of about 1 litre (2 US pints).

 

Sprinkle about three handfuls of rice crispies over the top of the mixture followed by the rest of the cheese, then place in a pre-heated oven at 180 C (350 f) for 40 minutes.

 

Remove from the oven and serve. The recipe makes a delicious dinner for two people.

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The Bees are still bringing in shedloads of pollen as late as mid October! They have stopped taking the syrup I have provided and they are nearly ready to face the winter.
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