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Bristol's Tom Woodhead has just returned from Israel/Palestine after spending 5 1/2 months alongside the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) there, finally getting arrested for peacefully protesting in land illegally occupied by Israel. He was then beaten up, hooded, interrogated and deported, at one point hearing soldiers loading their weapons in the room, his legs turned to jelly.
Dennis belongs to Bristol Animal Rights Collective (BARC) who are not suprised by the horsemeat scandal since they believe none of the meat industry is to be trusted. He comes up with the suprising revelation that Grand National horses who die on racecourses may have ended up in your beefburgers. Vivisection and animal experimentation is also discussed as well as general problems with food labelling, even for vegans.
Jason Yannacopoulos looks at some dodgy developments in Liverpool and finds that Sir Howard Newby, disgraced former Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West of England (UWE), is involved. The 50th aniversary of Dr Richard Beeching's 1963 plan, The Beeching Report, to dismantle much of the British railway network is coming up in April and former MEP for South West England, Richard Cottrell, is bringing out a book on the subject provisionaly titled 'Doctor Who'.
After the Chelyabinsk asteroid turned meteor in Russia last month Dialect's astronomy correspondent Paul Fernie explains meteors, asteroids and comets.