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The climate crisis has made the idea of a better future impossible to imagine

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Writing in 2003, the American environmentalist Bill McKibben observed that although “some small percentage” of scientists, diplomats and activists had known for 15 years that the Earth was facing a disastrous change, ...

‘Better ugly than boring’: book celebrates bizarre Belgian houses

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Ever since he was a child, Hannes Coudenys had been annoyed by the “visual chaos” around him. On the road from home to his school in Bruges, he found a mishmash of architectural styles – haciendas, villas, farm-style ...

The Lovers’ Guide at 30: did the bestselling video make Britain better in bed?

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The second sexual revolution began 30 years ago, on 23 September 1991, with the release of an educational videotape called The Lovers’ Guide. The revolution’s unlikely figureheads were a film producer who had been mak...

Children’s tsar will hope for better response to new catchup funds plea

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Four months after Sir Kevan Collins quit his role as the government’s education recovery tsar in a row over funding, the new children’s commissioner for England has entered the fray over how best to help pupils catch ...

Galaxy Z Flip 3 review: Samsung’s cheaper, better hi-tech flip phone

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The flip phone continues its march back towards the mainstream thanks to Samsung’s folding-screen technology. Now cheaper, smoother, water resistant and more durable than last year’s model, it may leave you questionin...

Licence to krill: the destructive demand for a ‘better’ fish oil

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It’s a costly expedition, through some of the roughest seas in the world, to reach the Antarctic peninsula. A journey through Drake Passage to Subarea 48.1 faces treacherous weather, where waves can reach 12 metres (4...

Henry Normal: ‘Comedy’s like sugar. It makes things better but I wouldn’t eat it on its own’

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Comedians become actors, pop stars become TV presenters … we’re used to artists switching lanes. Seldom travelled, though, is the road leading from performance poetry to TV producing – TV producers not being renowned ...

In the chaos of Britain’s labour shortage, could workers forge better lives?

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Empty shelves, missing product lines and the rising sense of a country that may not be able to feed itself: despite still being underplayed by most of the media, the results of Britain’s labour shortages are now ubiqu...

The week in audio: Getting Better; The Fake Paralympians; Horrible Histories Podcast

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Getting Better AudibleThe Fake Paralympians BBC World Service | BBC SoundsHorrible Histories Podcast BBC Sounds Winston Churchill’s “detente” with his prostate is not what you’d expect popping up, as it were, in the o...

A better commute? Six ways to improve your train journey to work

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Online lessons, audio materials and improved connectivity have made studying on the move ever more practical. The Open University, which has offered distance learning since the days when it meant taking sheaves of pap...

Let’s not return to flawed exams. We have better ways to assess our children

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After a week of GCSE and A-level results, we are in danger of missing the big point – our assessment system is not fit for purpose. It ruins the last four years of school on a narrow, stressful, unfair and badly desig...

Biden has a better handle on economics than Trump – but there are still risks

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About half a year into Joe Biden’s presidency, it is time to consider how his administration’s economic doctrine compares with that of Donald Trump and previous Democratic and Republican administrations. The paradox i...

Is remote working better for the environment? Not necessarily

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Stacy Kauk was finalizing Shopify’s 2019 sustainability report when the pandemic forced the company into remote work. “I kind of stopped in my footsteps and went, ‘Uh oh, what’s going to happen if we’re closing our of...

Sajda Mughal: The woman who survived 7/7 – quit her job and fights for a better world

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Sajda Mughal was on her daily commute to her dream job in City recruitment on the morning her world was turned upside down. It was a July day in London, 16 years ago, one that throbbed with the summer heat, and Mughal...

Putting limits on the swoosh mob hinders wider change for the better

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In 1964, the Tokyo Olympics were dubbed the “Technology Games”. Up in the skies, satellites were used to televise all the action live for the first time. Computers abounded and spectators and TV viewers had never had ...

‘Headphones make food taste better!’: 10 readers’ tips for a better holiday

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Noise-cancelling headphones are my most cherished luggage. On busy trains, planes and ferries they block out the thrum of engines, the cries of babies and the sounds leaking from other people’s headsets. They allow me...

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