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‘The lady without legs or arms’: how artist Sarah Biffin shattered Victorian ideas about disability

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She was born without arms and legs to a farming family in 1784 and, measuring just 37 inches in height as an adult, was put on show in touring fairground attractions. Billed as The Limbless Wonder, Sarah Biffin painte...

Dear Nadhim Zahawi, your Great Big Bag of Big Ideas feels uncannily empty

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Do you remember that speech in Shakespeare’s The Tempest when Prospero’s slave, Ariel, reports back to his master with an account of all the work he’s done to capsize the king’s ship? He says he boarded the ship and “...

Ed Sheeran is a ‘magpie’ who ‘borrows’ ideas, copyright trial hears

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Ed Sheeran has been accused of being a “magpie” who allegedly “borrows” ideas from other artists for his songs on the first day of a three-week copyright trial over his hit single Shape Of You. Sheeran, 31, appeared a...

I was desperate to watch England v Germany. But my daughter had other ideas

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Until Tuesday evening I had watched every single competitive football encounter between England and Germany, the majority of which I had not enjoyed very much. This one would have been different if I had been able to ...

Covid car parks to galactic lockdown: fascinating but futile quarantine ideas

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In January 2020, just a few days before the first Covid-19-infected passengers landed in the United States on a flight from Wuhan, preparations were already being made in a converted car park in Omaha, Nebraska. By co...

UK trio sends ideas to UN on how social media firms can protect minorities

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Social media platforms will be urged to protect minorities and help prevent ethnic violence by hiring non-English language moderators and conducting safety tests on their algorithms, under proposals for a UN global co...

‘My art is a protest’: disrupting ideas about black people in British rural areas

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Growing up as one of the only black pupils at her primary school in Norwich, Madinah Farhannah Thompson says she felt isolated and that it affected her mental health. Now the artist is using her complicated experience...

John Lewis targets ‘throwaway’ culture with £1m ideas fund

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The owner of John Lewis and Waitrose will on Monday launch a £1m fund that will channel cash into projects with the potential to end the high street’s “throwaway” culture. The John Lewis Partnership is inviting academ...

Dear Gavin Williamson, if Latin is about levelling up, I have other ideas

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Just as many of us are thinking ahead to winter and a possible next wave of Covid, worrying about whether schools have proper ventilation and what emergency measures you might have up your sleeve if a major outbreak o...

PMQs live: Boris Johnson faces Keir Starmer as Labour dismisses levelling-up plan as ‘rehash’ of old ideas

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Latest updates: Labour attacks ‘levelling up’ missions as being ideas taken from Theresa May’s industrial strategy that Johnson abandoned

Social media bringing antisemitic ideas to new generation, report says

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A new generation of users of “younger” social media platforms such as TikTok are being introduced to antisemitic ideas they would be unlikely to encounter elsewhere, warns a report. The research comes amid warnings th...

‘New eyes and new ideas’: How the NFL made female coaches part of the league

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Jennifer King sat in her office prepping for one of the Washington Football Team’s final regular season games when head coach Ron Rivera popped in to pass along some news. King’s promotion from season long intern to f...

Salary caps, sack boards and share TV money: 10 readers’ ideas to fix football

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The problem begins at the top. Fans need to have the biggest say in how their clubs and their game is run. Investors should be properly vetted by an independent authority. States, people with “unexplained” riches, and...

Ideas to help children learn and thrive Letters

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The closing of schools during the pandemic has highlighted their significance in children’s lives. For deprived and underachieving children in particular, school is their gateway to engagement and participation in soc...

‘I saw a million ideas all at once’: Dior Men’s Kim Jones and Amoako Boafo

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When the fashion designer Kim Jones left his role as men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton in 2018 after seven years he was literally catwalked out of the Grand Palais in Paris by Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell. Dres...

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