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What I learned about the fuel business playing Gas Station Simulator

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The fuel crisis has brought the rigours of one particular profession into sharp focus this month. Petrol station managers throughout Britain have had to cope with snaking queues, angry customers and even forecourt fis...

‘I’ve learned to see beauty instead of a beast’: the house pests we’ve grown to love

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For a good while I have been indulgent of the spiders and wasps that live outside my home, but my biggest about-face has been with house centipedes, which can be horrifying to look at for many people, given their plet...

The wonder stuff: what I learned about happiness from a month of ‘awe walks’

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I am in the middle of a cloud, halfway up a steep pike, and on a mission to get some awe. I am here thanks to a new study, which found that by paying close attention to our surroundings as we walk, we can get our happ...

Proper sobbing and perspective – what I learned when my younger daughter left home

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This child-leaving-home business seems to get harder every time. My first experience of it was as the child, albeit a 19-year-old one. Very upsetting it was, too. My parents went away for the weekend so as to avoid an...

On 9/11 I learned there are no guarantees in life

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Over the past two decades, 9/11 has taken on all kinds of different meanings for people, from the end of American dominance to the rise of a new kind of terrorism. But when I think of 9/11, the first thing I think of ...

What I learned visiting Alaska’s only maximum-security prison

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Having spent two and a half years in prison by the time I was 26, I never thought I’d be invited to Alaska’s only maximum-security prison 10 years later. But on 20 September 2019, I received a phone call from Spring C...

Lessons to be learned from ATP handling of Alexander Zverev abuse allegations

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In hindsight the silence that accompanied the first allegations of domestic abuse against Alexander Zverev turned out to be the most proactive action tennis took for nearly 10 months. During the first week of the Pari...

‘Selling a promise’: what Silicon Valley learned from the fall of Theranos

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A charismatic young leader, billions of dollars in valuations and a technology that promised to change the world but failed to deliver: the meteoric rise and fantastic fall of the medical tech startup Theranos has bee...

What I learned from an unlikely friendship with an anti-masker

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On 11 March 2021, I took a selfie at the Baltimore Convention Center and pressed send. I’d just received my first dose of a Covid vaccine. “Feels pretty momentous,” I texted an acquaintance. “It was exactly one year a...

What’s it like living with a phenomenal memory and can it be learned?

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“17 April 2001?” I ask Krystyna Glowacki, 24, over Zoom. “That was a Tuesday,” she shoots back after less than half a beat. It was. Hottest temperature ever recorded in Oman? I’ve barely finished the question before ...

A decade after the riots, so little has been learned

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On 4 August it will be 10 years since police shot dead Mark Duggan in Tottenham Hale (Conditions that led to 2011 riots still exist today, experts warn, 30 July). It is true that things have changed since the shooting...

US strength in depth and Canadian promise: what we learned from the Gold Cup

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Climaxing in the middle of the Tokyo Olympics and coming at the end of a summer soccer calendar headlined by the European Championship and the Copa America, the 2021 Gold Cup had to fight for attention. But the final,...

What have I learned from work experience students? Much more than they learned from me

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A teenager of my acquaintance is currently on work experience and obviously, as a parent, anyone’s critical concern is whether or not the teenager in question is annoying someone. But having been at the other end of t...

What have I learned since shooting to fame? We need more compassion in public life

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Six months ago the video of a fractious meeting of the Handforth parish council propelled its attenders – myself included – into the spotlight. I’ve been on quite a journey ever since and while I have mostly enjoyed t...

I graduated Harvard in the middle of the night, having learned a lot about generosity

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Last week I graduated from Harvard in the middle of the night. Some students made it to campus in the final weeks to get a glimpse of closed buildings and real classmates. From behind strict borders and yet another Me...

‘Be very fast, like a jaguar’: what I learned about football from watching TikTok videos

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Whether you reach your goal or not, attempting to learn a new skill is a good way to have fun and connect with others – as Hattie Garlick discovered when she tried her hands (and feet and head) at headers and volleys...

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