pop star Kelly Clarkson . ADVERTISEMENT Clarkson acquired the bauble for $230,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in London last year, but British Culture Minister Ed Vaizey placed an export ban on it until Sept. 30 to allow someone in Austen’s native Britain “to show a serious expression of interest to buy the ring.” The Jane Austen museum in the author’s home in Chawton successfully raised the money needed to buy back the ring and it is now set to go on display at the house early next year. RELATED LINKS SirLinksALot: American Idol More American Idol 1 News Curator Mary Guyatt told the BBC museum staffers and officials were “stunned by the generosity” of the people who contributed to the fund. “It’s clear from the number of people who gave generously to the campaign just how admired Jane Austen remains to this day,” Vaizey told the British broadcaster. “The ring is a beautiful national treasure and I am happy to know that so many Jane Austen fans will get to see it at Jane Austen’s House Museum,” Clarkson said in a statement. Austen wrote the classic 19th century romances “Pride & Prejudice,” “Emma,” “Mansfield Park,” “Persuasion,” “Northanger Abbey” and “Sense and Sensibility.” DISCUSS AND COMMENT ON THIS STORY Reality TV World now offers Facebook Comments on our stories. To post a comment, log into Facebook and then ‘Add’ your comment. To report spam or abuse, click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner of the comment box. Get more Reality TV World! Follow us on Twitter , like us on Facebook or add our RSS feed . Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).
Its the second university in the United Kingdom to recently take this stand, after the University of Edinburgh banned the chart-topper last week . The officers in Leeds student union collectively made the decision to ban the song, saying it undermines and degrades women. The pop hit has been widely criticized for its lyrics connoting nonconsensual sexual activity such as I hate these blurred lines, I know you want it and its music video featuring naked women alongside fully-clothed men. Alice Smart, one of the officers at Leeds student union, told the Independent that students reaction to the decision has been largely positive. A few students are asking why if we have banned this song, we arent banning everything, but weve chosen this one as an example, because its so popular, Smart explained. Blurred Lines has reached number one in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, and Australia. The Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) relied on similar logic when it moved to ban Blurred Lines earlier this month. EUSAs vice president pointed out that the song promotes an unhealthy attitude towards sex and consent, which violates the schools explicit policy to tackle rape culture and sexual harassment. Robin Thicke has brushed off the feminist critiques of Blurred Lines, saying its irresponsible to suggest that the lyrics are promoting rape, and noting that art is supposed to spark a conversation. But this week, the Sociological Images blog pointed out that many of the lyrics in Blurred Lines are lines that actual rapists have said to their victims. Using images from Project Unbreakable an online photo essay exhibit that features survivors holding signs noting what their rapists said to them before, during, or after their assault the sociology blog was able to match up Robin Thickes lyrics with sentences that have accompanied real instances of nonconsensual sexual activity. The issue of combating rape culture on college campuses has been especially prevalent across U.S. universities over the past year. Student activists have banded together to pressure their university administration to take rape more seriously, and work harder to create an atmosphere where sexual assault isnt tolerated and survivors are supported.
United Kingdom Independence Party under fire after leader’s outburst
Blooms suspension. Ive known him for years, had a lot of good times with him, but Im very, very unhappy with his behaviour today, Mr. Farage told reporters adding that he had already had an argument with Mr. Bloom over his Bongo Bongo land remark, which he made about a month ago. The convention had been upstaged by the selfishness and stupidity of one man. I think we have to remove the whip from him [a suspension] as a punishment and then have a longer think about things. Party officials confirmed later that Mr. Bloom had been suspended. It was the second controversy in a week for the party. UKIP officials expelled a senior local councillor in Lincolnshire for allegedly posting racist material on Facebook. The councillor has denied wrongdoing and is appealing the expulsion. The scandals come at a critical time for UKIP.
Research and Markets: United Kingdom Trade of Copper Tubes and Pipes: Import, Export, Market Prospects – 2013-2017
The report studies how United Kingdom behaves on the global market for copper tubes and pipes. It also assesses the dynamics of country’s foreign trade in copper tubes and pipes in 2002-2012. The report indicates major suppliers and consumers of copper tubes and pipes in United Kingdom. The final chapter provides in-depth analysis of prospects for the country’s foreign trade in copper tubes and pipes, as well the forecast for the development of the market for copper tubes and pipes in 2013-2017. Such parameters as trade value ($) and net weight (kg) are used in the analysis. We present average price forecast for copper tubes and pipes. More than 10 tables and diagrams comprise data on foreign trade in over 100 countries. Key Topics Covered: 1. Resume: United Kingdom Trade Of Copper Tubes And Pipes 2. United Kingdom Exports Of Copper Tubes And Pipes 3. United Kingdom Imports Of Copper Tubes And Pipes 4.