@JubalBarca rightly corrected my trivia the other day in observing a minority politician from what writer Ehrenburg and Hobsbawm termed the ‘long nineteenth century’. So today we dig a little deeper than Dadabhai Naoroji in 1892…

Trivia question: Henry Stanley, Lord Stanley of Alderley, became the first Muslim member of the House of Lords in 1859. It would be 26 years before the appointment of a Jewish peer. Who was that peer?

Trivia question: Sir John Redwood, the Tory MP and former cabinet minister, turns 71 today. He earned what Star Trek-inspired nickname during his 1995 leadership challenge to John Major?

@mpjgregoire depends on how one defines a minority I suppose. But in the UK that tends to be BAM, which as the acronym suggested gives primacy to Black and Asian.

For those minorities, and to the best of my knowledge, those four were the first. But would be happy if someone can attest to earlier candidates.

Answer: Diane Abbott, Paul Boateng, Bernie Grant and Keith Vaz.

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Trivia question: The 1987 general election was held 35 years ago this weekend when four black and minority ethnic Labour MPs were elected for the first time in modern history. Who were they?

@kev @lkhrs Completely agreed for important accounts. It is why I use your method for key accounts like Mastodon etc.

But with 300 + logins, it is a convenient system for services that are non-essential.

@kev @lkhrs This is why I find Apple's Hide My Email service invaluable. They take care of all the tech setup and provide a very clean interface that tracks all these addresses, so forgetting what I used where is never an issue.

And because I can forward these addresses to any account I like, it means I can still use ProtonMail for my day to day email activity.

Answer: Live radio broadcasting. Tony Benn was the first minister to be questioned on air.

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Trivia question: What did parliament allow for the first time in 1975?

was a pretty good month for Lord Liverpool. His was on the 7th; on the 8th (1812) he became & on the 9th (1814) he was made a Knight of the Garter.

Though born more than thirty after the end of the Second World War, the global conflagration suffused my childhood. My father served in the War and carried the scars throughout his life. He was one of the lucky ones.

As a consequence, every year I take a moment to remember those who put their lives on the line to secure the freedoms I have enjoyed all my life.


@dajbelshaw haha! Well met!

Agreed about the lack of collaboration on Proton. But suspect that even once Drive comes out of beta, collaboration on encrypted systems will long remain an impossibility.

@dajbelshaw Good call. I have a Nextcloud instance and have always liked the platform.

Though, with Proton edging ever closer to an encrypted productivity ecosystem, I will like jump ship.

Call me an lazy old dilettante, but there is something comforting about leaving server management issues to a dedicated professional.

Humans appear to be flying or levitating in some of the ancient cave art of Tassili N'Ajjer, Algeria; dated to approximately 9500 BC.

@dajbelshaw Love it! May look to doing the same myself.

Though, I see you went with the American tradition of putting the . after Dr 🙃


If Google, or any other search engine, does not present truthful answers, then my view of a subject is fundamentally coloured by the lobby group or advertisers who have monopolised the search result.


A unilateral ceasefire is just a prelude to the next escalation.

By a man who knows the region. Harald Malmgren is a geopolitical strategist, negotiator and former aide to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford.


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