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Annabel Lee

Annabel Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
   In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
   By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
   Than to love and be loved by me.
I was a child and she was a child,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
But we loved with a love that was more than love—
   I and my Annabel Lee—
With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven
   Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
   In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
   My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
   And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre
   In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in Heaven,
   Went envying her and me—
Yes!—that was the reason (as all men know,
   In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
   Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.
But our love it was stronger by far than the love
   Of those who were older than we—
   Of many far wiser than we—
And neither the angels in Heaven above
   Nor the demons down under the sea
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
For the moon never beams, without bringing me dreams
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
   Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
   Of my darling—my darling—my life and my bride,
   In her sepulchre there by the sea—
   In her tomb by the sounding sea.
 Edgar Allan Poe

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Weekend joy

Weekend joy

Free Spirited

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Ask For Angela

Ask For Angela

Alcohol and crowds make bars ripe for sexual assault incidents to take place, and the county of Lincolnshire, England, came up with a brilliant way to help women who feel unsafe in these establishments.

Dubbed “Ask For Angela,” the strategy recommends that women who feel they’re in a dangerous situation go up to the staff at any given bar and ask for “Angela.” The bar staff will then help call her a cab or help her out discreetly.

Twitter user @iizzzzzi shared a photo of the campaign’s flyer detailing the strategy. “I saw this in a toilet and thought it was important and should be a thing everywhere, not just Lincolnshire,” she wrote in the caption.

“Ask For Angela” is part of a larger campaign by the Lincolnshire county council, #NoMore, to raise awareness of sexual assault. It was reportedly rolled out alongside another campaign, Lincoln’s Pubwatch, that coordinates with law enforcement to make bars safer.

“We wanted to do this in a more organized way, and worked with Lincoln’s Pubwatch scheme to get the bars in the area to take part,” Hayley Child, substance misuse and sexual violence and abuse strategy coordinator for Lincolnshire County Council, told Mashable. “We’d seen that a few individual pubs had done similar messages saying that if people’s dates weren’t going well the bar staff would help and call them a cab.”

Discussion about sexual assault is usually focused on campuses and at the workplace, but bars are also public spaces where women often face harassment and assault. But some businesses, like pubs in Lincolnshire, are fighting back against it. In Washington, D.C., a fairly new program called Safe Bars trains bar, restaurant, and nightclub staff to respond to and prevent such incidents.

“While alcohol doesn’t cause sexual assault, aggressors use alcohol as a weapon or an excuse in about 50 percent of sexual assaults,” executive director Jessica Raven of Collective Action for Safe Spaces (CASS), which co-launched the program, told A Plus at the time. “That puts bar staff in a unique position to intervene.”

A Plus

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Don’t text and drive

Don't text and drive

Giphy

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Lunchtime

Lunchtime

Kitten on the keys

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No distractions

No distractions

wired-uk

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Remember, remember

Remember, remember

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Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz

 Prayed to god for a new bike, but he doesn’t work that way. So I stole one and asked his forgiveness.

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