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Orlam by PJ Harvey review – musician’s vision of a curious childhood

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A novel-in-verse written in dense Dorset vernacular, Orlam is a curious and enchanting thing. Like a dark poetic almanac, it charts, month by month, a year in which its heroine, nine-year-old Ira-Abel Rawles, leaves b...

Lego offers £100m to find innovations tackling ‘global childhood crisis’

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Lego is launching a £100m competition to find solutions that will make a positive impact on the lives of children in response to what the toymaker said was a “global early childhood emergency”. The Lego Foundation – t...

‘Even when I slept I was cold’: the brutal reality of a childhood in fuel poverty

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Let’s start with a multiple choice question. It is a cold, wet February evening. You come home with your two kids after school. You stand in the hallway and contemplate your options. Do you put on the heating? It is f...

Gold medal puts Jakara Anthony in exclusive Australian club after realising childhood Olympic dream

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A lifetime of hard work, sacrifice and dedication had culminated in the realisation of a childhood dream, and Jakara Anthony was not quite ready to call it a day. “It’s 5am here and I have not been to bed yet, so it h...

Branagh and Hinds: two Belfast boys on childhood and the Troubles

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When the Troubles kicked off in Belfast in August 1969, Kenneth Branagh was eight years old. He recalls cowering under a table with his mother and his older brother as paving stones were torn from the street and hurle...

How comic genius Charlie Chaplin survived his hungry childhood

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The extreme poverty endured by Charlie Chaplin while growing up in the slums of Victorian London reduced him to stealing and being scolded by the woman who took care of him, according to an interview with one of his c...

Belfast review – Branagh’s chocolate box vision of his childhood

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Kenneth Branagh’s unabashedly feelgood memoir of growing up in Belfast as the Troubles erupted in the late 1960s suffers from a problem of perspective. Canted camera angles are rendered in flat, too-clean black and wh...

They told me about childhood, class, love and more: what I’ve learned from Comfort Eating

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As Laura Whitmore, the elegant, highly aspirational TV presenter, squirted cold mayo into an upturned, raw mushroom cap, I realised that my Comfort Eating podcast had reached new levels of unfettered honesty. “It’s fa...

Students who have lived in UK since childhood denied loans – report

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Thousands of students who have lived in the UK since childhood are being subjected to a regime described as even harsher than the Home Office’s “hostile environment” tactics when they apply for study loans, according ...

Childhood obesity in England soars during pandemic

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Thousands of children are facing “serious” and even “devastating” consequences as a result of weight gain during the pandemic, experts warn, as “alarming” figures reveal one in four 10- and 11-year-olds in England are...

Whole genome sequencing can improve childhood cancer outcomes – study

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Reading the full genetic code of childhood cancers can help doctors improve diagnoses, understand how tumours will grow, and find the most effective therapies, according to a pilot study. Doctors in Cambridge used who...

The big picture: Antanas Sutkus captures childhood defiance in Soviet Lithuania

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The photographer Antanas Sutkus was born in Lithuania in 1939 and by the age of five had witnessed more traumatic history lessons than most people experience in a lifetime. His father killed himself in 1940 after bein...

Noma: the hidden childhood disease known as the ‘face of poverty’

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Fidel Strub was three when the inside of his cheek started to itch. After a few days, it felt like it was burning, then it began to smell as if it was rotting. A splitting headache came next before his whole body star...

Sibling rivalry: why the hellish family dynamic long outlives childhood

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Name: Sibling rivalry. Age: Ever heard of Cain and Abel? Appearance: A weeping, unhealed wound. Why can I suddenly hear the Succession theme tune? Because it’s a banger. And also because Succession is, at heart, a sh...

Baracoa review – a poetic journey through bittersweet childhood

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Directed by Pablo Briones, Sean Clark, and Jace Freeman, here is a film that blurs the lines between fiction and documentary as it accentuates bittersweet childhood connections, full of teases, mischief and innocent t...

Ed Balls on his childhood look: ‘A wonky bowl! What was Mum thinking?’

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Former cabinet minister Ed Balls was born in Norwich in 1967. After a stint as a journalist at the Financial Times, he was poached by then shadow chancellor Gordon Brown in 1994 and became a key figure in forging the ...

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