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So too are food banks, and lives broken by destitution and unemployment in a country that despite being awash with money is suffering as that money is filched by the private sector for the material aggrandisement of the rich.
The crooks filched oil by making holes in the pipelines with a drilling device and connecting the pipe through a valve with a tanker for transportation.
His description of the poverty of his childhood in a rabbinical family living on the leftovers filched from religious events was moving, while his contention that neither Jews nor blacks are now subject to racial discrimination and bigotry was challenging.
For as long as shopping has existed, so too has shoplifting, from early incarnations in 17th- and 18th-century England (where cutpurses akin to the fictional Moll Flanders filched brocaded silk from London storefronts) to its modern manifestation as a disease (kleptomania), anti-establishment protest (the 1971 cult manual Steal This Book), and vice of the blase celebrity (Winona Ryder, Lindsay Lohan).
This week, Bartlett and his staff became even more convinced the books were filched when librarian Matthew Haugen stumbled upon the long lost 14-volume collection of the "Commons Debates".
The riff at its heart may be filched from Queens Of The Stone Age anthem Dollar Milionaire but no matter, this is irresistible.
Round 5 10 Sport, filched from a newspaper on young sports stars.
hospitals and on the battlefields of the Middle East has filched some of its most dangerous genes from other bacteria, say researchers who sequenced the bug's genome.
It is alleged that this is part of up to pounds 50 million that had been filched from the Lottery Fund for similar projects.
Meanwhile, another NGO (this time working in central and south America) filched or lost Euro 720,000 of EU money through "conflicts of interest, false declarations, and control and accounting procedures which were not properly followed".
This time with tea leaves filched from the meagre wartime ration.
Dr Winterbotham forgot to mention that these exhibits and many others were 'filched" from the Science and Industry Museum in Newhall Street.