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In Kawerau one thing impedes the effort to vaccinate Māori: New Zealand’s history

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One of my earliest memories is racing up a flight of hollow stairs in Kawerau’s town hall as Tiwi, my first friend, counts down from 20. “Ready or not, here I come” he roars from the stage. I slide through the doorway...

EuroMillions jackpot of £184m is largest lottery prize in UK history

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The EuroMillions jackpot has reached £184m, making it the largest ever lottery prize in British history. The prize rolled over into Tuesday’s draw when no ticketholders won on Friday. A single winner could now suddenl...

Built on the bodies of slaves: how Africa was erased from the history of the modern world

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It would be unusual for a story that begins in the wrong place to arrive at the right conclusions. And so it is with the history of how the modern world was made. Traditional accounts have accorded a primacy to Europe...

‘Its power is far-reaching’: what Black History Month means to Black Britons

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Ayo Awoyungbo had always been a big supporter of Black History Month (BHM), believing in the push to highlight people whose achievements are not usually celebrated as they should be. But this year for the first time h...

Grand Final stage set for Catalans Dragons history or St Helens hat-trick

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For almost five years, few teams have captivated British rugby league quite like St Helens. From the brilliance – on the field, at least – of Ben Barba’s short-lived spell with the club, to the dominance they have eng...

Bristol’s slave trade history laid bare on a Black History Month tour

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“Important bit of history that,” a warm West Country voice says over my shoulder as we look at the plaque outside the Seven Stars pub, a 17th-century landmark of the abolition movement. If you block out the posters fo...

TechScape: Was this the worst week in Facebook’s history?

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What a week for Facebook, and it’s only Wednesday. After a month or so of bad news for the company, during which there have been damaging revelations the company knew Instagram was harming the mental health of teenage...

‘We wanted to make history’: Michael Jackson’s bizarre year in Bahrain

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Omar Shaheen remembers the moment well. In early 2005, the young Bahraini was driving when he received a surreal job offer: the chance to work with Michael Jackson. “It was totally out of left field,” he recalls. “It ...

Torquator Tasso at 80-1 pulls off one of biggest shocks in Arc history

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Torquator Tasso gave Germany a third victory in the Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe as he caused a seismic 80-1 upset in the Longchamp showpiece. The Marcel Weiss-trained colt pounced late in the hands of Rene Piechul...

Black History Month launches in UK with ‘proud to be’ campaign

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Black History Month launches with hundreds of events across the country this October, amid a new campaign encouraging people of all ages to share what they are proud to be on social media. Now in its 34th year, this B...

Standing Firm: Football’s Windrush Story review – a damning history lesson with Benjamin Zephaniah

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When Hope Powell became the first black coach of the England women’s team in 1998, she grew her dreadlocks. It was a statement of pride in who she is. “I was quite militant,” she tells this film’s presenter, poet Benj...

Black Britons: what impact, if any, has Black History Month had on your life?

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Black History Month in the UK is observed in October and we would like to hear from Black Britons about what impact, if any, the event has had on their lives. What does Black History Month mean to you? Is it still nee...

‘For us, Black hair is Black history’: Rihanna’s fashion show sparks row for styling white models’ hair in braids

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Singer Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty fashion line has stirred an online debate around cultural appropriation, after models wore what appeared to be braids during the label’s lingerie show. After the show was screened last ...

David Olusoga: ‘Black people were told that they had no history’

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Historian and broadcaster David Olusoga has been the face of a decolonial turn in British broadcasting that, in recent years, with series including the Bafta-winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners, A House Through T...

All Blacks v Springboks rivalry endures even as history fades to mythology

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The match began with Kapa o Pango, an iteration of the haka first performed in 2005 for the Tri-Nations encounter between South Africa and New Zealand. It sparked mild controversy at the time for the closing gesture i...

Jimmy Greaves: peerless player whose legacy is etched in football history

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Farewell, then, Jimmy. Sporting celebrities come and go but Greaves, who has died at the age of 81, was something different, not just a peerless English goalscorer but a footballer who remained etched in the memory of...

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