This is kinda following on from politics, but it got into education a bit.. not to beat a dead horse but my 2 cents on this subject are that yes all British students have the opportunity to go to any university they would like in the UK, as there is a limit on the fees (just over £3000 is payable, it's actually subsidised by the government) and student loans are available as someone said for anyone which includes the course fees and living costs (about £4000 for rent + living), some of which is a grant depending on your upbringing so poorer families actually get a better deal. That's one of the things I'm proud of about this country, the University system is actually pretty good.. although that may only be coming to light as I just started university, before this it was outside my scope and I only had small opinions on the matter.. mainly "wtf I'm gonna be in £15000 debt? >: (", but it's good. Anyway, yes this opportunity is there but it is not viable for everyone. For example a person who has to help out a lot at home for whatever reason (illness or loss of parent, etc), they will have a short term commitment to their home while they are in their late teens-early 20s, and later in life they may suffer from this. Also in poorer families the teens at college age do not really want to further their education because most high schools are SHITE (colleges are also shite.) so it gives them a bad view on education and they're eager to try and make some money as soon as possible; this is the case for a lot of people I went to high school with (mainly the chavs). However, neither of my parents went to university - and as such neither of them do specialised jobs, my mum drifts around jobs such as healthcare (NHS), housing (for local government) and now for a local bank, in the office.. nothing special, and quite low pay, but enough to live on considering my dad earns about £30000 a year as a lorry driver, again not a specialised career but one he has built upon for about 20 years of driving jobs (taxi, bus, etc). My family is definitely not poor, we have a nice big house, dining room, living room, kitchen, laundry room thing, garage.. not a huge house, but a good one. All built from my parents will to succeed in what they did.
That was quuiiteee ranty. I'll talk about other random things.
Breat Milk - there was a documentary on this subject, on TV, not long ago. To be honest the idea disgusts me (not in a literal sense, but it is disgusting). What are they trying to do, create human milk farms? Seriously fucked up.
XKCD - I lol'd at this because it's pretty true :/ I also love XKCD to bits.
Only 12ish hours til unbansticking, hurrah!