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Aan die einde ontdek ons ​​dat hy "eintlik 'n groot aanhanger van miere" is: China will face consequences if it helps Russia evade sanctions

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Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan, who is due to meet China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Rome on Monday, has warned Beijing that it would “absolutely” face consequences if it helped Moscow evade s...

The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan review – who tipped off the Nazis?

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Aan 4 Augustus 1944 Gestapo officer Karl Josef Silberbauer, together with three Dutch policemen, marched into a spice merchant’s on Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht and demanded: “Where are the Jews?” It was a piercing moment i...

'n Kersfeeskewer: 'n Kersfeeskewer

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If you hold a Christmas beetle – small, 'n Kersfeeskewer, 'n Kersfeeskewer, 'n Kersfeeskewer. 'n Kersfeeskewer, 'n Kersfeeskewer,...

A garden snail: it knows the rose only by its smell and soft petals

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A garden snail is eating your roses. “Little snail / Dreaming you go / Weather and rose / Is all you know,” wrote Langston Hughes. It is night time, the snail’s time, after dew or rain – when the snail is happiest, wees...

An elephant seal: the nose does something no nose should do

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The writer Jenny Diski is on her way to Antarctica. At Grytviken, an abandoned whaling station on South Georgia, she spots a “grey, jellied mountain”. “Elephant seal is one of those euphemistic names humans give creat...

The nature of a dragonfly: weigher of souls

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Dragonflies have a near-perfect hunting record, successfully grabbing their prey in mid-air 95% of the time: they do this while flying skywards, earthwards, side to side, backwards and upside down. In one experiment, ...

A bat: In the city, they fly along routes that mirror roads

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Every evening in Sydney, clouds of bats move across the sky. They time their trip so that there is just too little light to make out anything more than a silhouette – which is just enough light so that you can see, ve...

A bee: before it dies, its mouth opens and closes, kissing the ground

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A small girl is eating ice cream. She is at a lake, “Zoo Lake”, in the middle of a city. People who live nearby hear the Zoo’s lions roaring at night. (A world and a century away, in Innisfree, Yeats lives “alone in t...

A praying mantis: she bites into her mate’s head like an apple and cleans her face ‘like a cat’

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When the female praying mantis is mating, she does not bite the head off the male with one swift snip: she chomps into it, like an apple. It appears to have the texture of a honeydew melon. Her mate has tried to avoid...

A Scottish Highland Cow: ‘On yonder hill there stood a coo’

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William Topaz McGonagall, the “worst poet in the history of the English language”, is responsible for some of my mother’s favourite words in the world to say. She delivers them in a decent-enough Scottish accent, en ...

A singing fish: it glows s green during courtship and looks like Boris Johnson’s hardship face

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As, at midnight, you stick your oar into the water of the lagoon near Kallady Bridge in Batticaloa, on Sri Lanka’s east coast, you might hear fish sing. It sounds, according to Prince Casinader, who was a former local...

A donkey: ‘Better to be born a limpet in the sea than a load bearing donkey’

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When a donkey brays it is as though every rusted gate nearby is opening and closing at once; as though the iron seesaws and swings and roundabouts in one hundred abandoned playgrounds have begun to move by themselves:...

Glow-worms: as soon as you think you’ve seen them, they blink off

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“Thou aeronautical boll weevil / Illuminate yon woods primeval,” the Mills Brothers sang in 1952, imploring glow-worms to “Light the path below, hierbo / And lead us on to love”. John Keats, comparing the fairness of g...

Daddy longlegs: there is one piece of information every child will know

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The daddy longlegs spider looks as though it was drawn very quickly on a sheet of paper by the hand of God (the hand of God is the MC Escher drawing of the hands drawing themselves) and then – perhaps after that sheet...