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Grenfell Tower fire tragedy reveals ugly flaws of regeneration agenda

Joseph Downing, Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) I grew up in social housing. It provided a stable and secure (albeit overcrowded and cold) home for my family, for life. As fire tore through Grenfell Tower, just 500 metres from where I was staying in London, I witnessed the […]

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‘Facts are not truth’: Hilary Mantel goes on the record about historical fiction

Michael Durrant, Bangor University In a recent talk at the Hay literary festival, Cambridge historian and biographer John Guy said he had seen an increasing number of prospective students citing Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning historical novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, as supporting evidence for their knowledge of […]

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How did the VW camper turn into a £90,000 icon?

NMK Photography/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA Chris Ebbert, Nottingham Trent University Only a handful of cars have ever managed to be considered both cute and cool at the same time. Fewer still acquire the kind of status that makes them sought-after collectors’ pieces in old age. Volkswagen’s original camper van has been […]

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The UK is in the midst of a national nervous breakdown

Charles Lees, University of Bath What a mess. Just when you thought that the governing class could do no more to fail in their custodianship of Britain’s political settlement, it surprises us all. And let’s not forget the role of “the people” in creating the current impasse. The result of […]

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Diabetes Week – time to fight back!

Diabetes can be a killer, so making you aware of Diabetes this week… A new survey commissioned by Diabetes UK to promote its “Food you love” healthy eating campaign in Diabetes Week (Sunday 11 June to Saturday 17 June), has found that 56 per cent of adults in the south […]

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New adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel will leave you wondering long after credits roll

Rachel, Daphne du Maurier’s enigmatic, modern heroine, played by Rachel Weisz. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Author provided Laura Varnam, University of Oxford “She has done for me at last, Rachel my torment.” The last words of Ambrose Ashley, cousin and much-loved guardian of protagonist Philip, are at the heart of the […]

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To sleep or not to sleep? Everything you need to know about #GE2017 election night

Toby S. James, University of East Anglia It’s going to be a long night as the UK goes to the polls for its snap 2017 general election. So should you stay up all night or take a democracy nap? Here are the key moments to look out for and the […]

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Poorer students aren’t applying to university because of fears of high debts

Is the sky really the limit when you’re from a poorer background? Pexels Claire Callender, Birkbeck, University of London With various political parties pledging to abolish or alter tuition fees, the question of how to fund higher education is squarely back on the political agenda. The Conservative government has argued […]

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Sgt Pepper’s at 50 – the greatest thing you ever heard or just another album?

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band : is this the best popular music has to offer? Paul Townsend, flickr, CC BY Liam Viney, The University of Queensland; Adam Behr, Newcastle University; Catherine Strong, RMIT University; Christine Feldman-Barrett, Griffith University; James Arvanitakis, Western Sydney University, and Stuart Medley, Edith Cowan University […]

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This is the Place: how a poem gave voice to Manchester’s grief

John Gardner, Anglia Ruskin University In the midst of the pain, the capacity of poetry to connect with people was illustrated by Tony Walsh. Walsh’s poem “This is the Place”, which was recited to thousands of people attending a vigil for the victims of the massacre in Manchester, highlights the […]

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