Be aware – WannaCry ransomware

Action Fraud has received the first reports of Tech-Support scammers claiming to be from Microsoft who are taking advantage of the global WannaCry ransomware attack. One victim fell for the scam after calling a ‘help’ number advertised on a pop-up window. The window which wouldn’t close said the victim had […]

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Brits go abroad knowing around 8 words of the language

The average Briton will jet off on their holiday this year, knowing only EIGHT words of the country’s language, according to a new study. That said, this is rather more than I knew when I visited Gothenburg earlier in the year and Warsaw last week, so I can’t complain. Researchers […]

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Ten reasons why we should all love cyclists

Keep rollin’. Shutterstock Seamus Allison, Nottingham Trent University Cyclists globally are much maligned by drivers who may never have thought about the many benefits they provide. In fact, cycling as a form of truly sustainable transport is increasingly the focus of attention by governments seeking solutions to multiple societal problems. […]

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Thinking of Manchester

Woke in the night to discover, as did many of you, that there had been a deadly attack at the MEN (Manchester evening News) Arena, a popular venue for events, especially concerts. I’ve lived and worked in Manchester, both for many years. The MEN is a place I’ve been to […]

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What’s the point of art?

Contemporary sculpture – but why bother? Author provided Derek Hodgson, University of York One of the great paradoxes of human endeavour is why so much time and effort is spent on creating things and indulging in behaviour with no obvious survival value – behaviour otherwise known as art. Attempting to […]

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A beginner’s guide to election manifestos – and why they really matter

You probably won’t read them, but these documents can make or break a party. Shutterstock Patrick Diamond, Queen Mary University of London The launch of a party’s manifesto is among the most decisive moments in a British general election campaign. Manifestos are not merely devices to harvest votes at election […]

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