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Children in Need

Writing in the 2nd century the physician Soranos lists the features of a new born child that determine whether it should live.  Vigorous crying, sound limbs and

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Meeting face to face

COP26 has been billed as the last chance to make the decisions that will be necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. From around the world

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Breaking with convention

In 1895 Annie Smith Peck succeeded in climbing the Matterhorn. This was a remarkable achievement. One of the highest and deadliest mountains in the Alps

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Never give in

When the gates of Chris Packham’s home were burnt down by masked men, he responded by saying ‘whoever you are, you burnt down the wrong

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Insane courage

‘Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage’. That’s the advice that single dad Benjamin gives to his son Dylan in the 2011

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Mysterious Ways

It is often remarked that ‘God moves in mysterious ways’. The phrase originated in a famous 1773 poem by William Cowper entitled ‘Light Shining out

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Black Swan

This week consumers in the UK are nervously holding their breath, waiting to see whether their power company goes bankrupt and their favourite fizzy drink

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Would you be ready?

When Christian Eriksen walked out onto the pitch for Denmark’s game against Finland he was in the prime of his life. Or so he thought.

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Birth Pains

David Attenborough has warned world leaders that we are “on the verge of destabilising the entire planet” unless urgent action is taken to limit climate change. Now

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When leaders come to town

It’s unlikely that anyone in the Cornish village of Carbis Bay missed preparations for the G7 summit in June 2021. With a population of slightly

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Last Words

The last words we say can leave a lasting legacy for those who follow.  In Stephen Spielberg’s famous film ‘Saving Private Ryan’, Captain John Miller sacrifices

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Satisfying our Hunger

I’ve sometimes wondered why the Very Hungry Caterpillar wasn’t given a name. Born on a Sunday he spends the first week of his life eating

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I found it!

In despair Viki Patel watched helplessly as the bespoke engagement ring slipped from his fiancée’s finger and sank to the bottom of Lake Windemere. After

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A Beautiful Flaw

The story is told of a man who collected water each day from the local stream. He carried the water in two clay pots hung

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Drinking to remember

Many may question the wisdom of Prince Harry’s very public baring of his soul in recent weeks. But no one can deny the emotional agony

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Finishing a Masterpiece

Michelangelo’s final sculpture remains unfinished. It depicts the moment when Jesus’s body is taken down from the cross and falls into the arms of his

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Wait and see

As Gary Lineker knows only too well sometimes its best just to wait and see. In 2015 his beloved Leicester City Football Club began their

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Ascended into where?

Forty days after His resurrection the Gospels record that Jesus ‘ascended into heaven’.  But where exactly did he go? In the early 1960’s it was widely,

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Unexpected Pregnancy

When Halima Cissé fell pregnant she and her husband Kader were delighted at the prospect of another child as a brother or sister for their

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Perfect love

There are some things in life which seem terribly unimportant… until they aren’t. Like the bolts I found at the back of a cupboard when

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Bent coppers

Where would we be without people like Superintendent Ted Hastings and his single-minded devotion to the law? Over six compelling seasons of the BBC drama,

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