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Thirty years after I was taught about male violence, nothing has changed for my daughters

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It must have been around 1991 that a police officer visited our school and stood on the main stage in the hall. She was a lady police officer, which struck us as mildly outlandish and also signalled the nature of what...

Alastair Campbell’s partner Fiona Millar: Coping with his depression taught me: don’t blame yourself

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Over the years, I have grown used to various different “identities” – aide to Cherie Blair, partner of Alastair Campbell, latterly mother of comedian Grace Campbell. More recently, I have adopted a new persona; the pa...

Asian American history to be taught in all Illinois public schools

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With the backdrop of anti-Asian violence increasing nationally during the coronavirus pandemic, Illinois has become the first state to require Asian American history be taught as part of the public school curriculum. ...

How my grandmother taught me to cook – on WhatsApp

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Kashmiri recipes are meant to be passed down through teaching, from mother to daughter in cramped kitchens, standing together over pots of sputtering oil. They are not normally held over WhatsApp conferences, shouting...

My husband finished his album from hospital. His death taught me how to live

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In May 2015, I was at the end of a long string of bad luck. In the years prior, I had fallen out with my mother, been fired from my job and separated from my husband, Adrian. I was living alone in an apartment above a...

Drawing a blank: can artistic talent ever be taught?

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Genius cannot be taught but skills can. And even the wildest, most visionary of artists relies on the techniques they were taught. If you want to make digital art, you need to learn to code. A training in film will he...

A little bird told me: how a magpie taught me I could be a father

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It wasn’t long after our wedding – on our New Forest honeymoon, in fact – that my partner gently raised the prospect of having children. On paper, the moment couldn’t have been more perfect. Down a deer track, through...

Suez taught us our future lay in Europe. So will Brexit

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Many countries are experiencing economic problems associated with the pandemic and supply chain shortages, but none is in such a bad position as the UK. This is entirely because of Brexit. Quite apart from the multipl...

The 2009 financial crisis taught us hard lessons. Have Democrats learned them?

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A first-term Democratic president with a majority in Congress and an uncompromising Republican opposition. A country disillusioned by a previous administration’s corruption and mismanagement. A working class traumatiz...

Marianela Núñez: ‘What lockdown taught me, one more time, is that dance is my true passion’

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It’s been an oddly fractured year for dance. Repeated lockdowns stifled talent, thwarted new ideas. Online and outdoor offerings provided some release but when theatres reopened in May, dancers emerged as if from hibe...

Goldfish who can drive: why scientists taught fish to navigate a watery tank on wheels

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It might be an imaginary character straight out of a Dr Seuss book: The goldfish who could drive. But it’s real. Incredibly, Israeli researchers created a robotic car and report that they taught six fish – named after...

Lockdown taught me that time is precious – so why am I running out of it again?

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There was a time not long ago when we had plenty of time; now there’s too much to do. Lockdowns dragged on for ever when we were in them but feel shorter as they edge further into the past. I have heard lockdowns desc...

UK pupils taught about alcohol with ‘misleading’ industry-funded resources

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Schools are using “misleading and biased” information materials funded by the alcohol industry to educate pupils as young as nine about drinking, according to a study. Teachers in thousands of UK schools employ lesson...

Having a near-death experience taught me how to live better

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I’m not sure I ever fully appreciated my life until I nearly lost it. In fact, I’m sure I didn’t. On the surface everything was good. I was married and living overseas with our two-year-old daughter. There was food on...