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Mary-Ann Ochota

Mary-Ann Ochota is a broadcaster and anthropologist, specialising in anthropology, history, archaeology and adventure. Credits include Unreported World (Channel 4), Raised Wild (Discovery Networks), Britain's Secret Treasures (ITV), Silbury Hill (BBC4), and The Truth Behind King Arthur for Nat Geo. She's a regular commentator on Sky News, and her first book, Britain's Secret Treasures, was published in 2013.

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The Joy of Spuds – why austerity cooking needs to be on the school menu, Notebook

The Joy of Spuds – why austerity cooking needs to be on the school menu

Schools need to teach austerity cooking and turn out a generation who can make good choices in the supermarket, create affordable, decent meals and keep themselves and their own families in good health. God knows, we can’t afford the medical bill otherwise.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 17 June 2014 at 11:24 am

Sate your Need for Speed, Notebook

Sate your Need for Speed

Our inner cave men and women ache for risk, danger and adventure. When we find it, the payoff is a huge, satisfying mood boost. My inner Cave Lady craves adventure. And that’s why I spent last weekend in North Wales.

By | Notebook | Friday, 21 March 2014 at 3:59 pm

Are you afraid of the cold? Winter Wild Camping is the cure, Notebook

Are you afraid of the cold? Winter Wild Camping is the cure

In a fug after too many hours in centrally-heated, artificially-lit, torpor? My self-prescribed cure is to go wild camping.
Just me and the dog, no tent, pretty basic, to the windy, beautiful Gower peninsula in south Wales. I’ve slept without a tent before, but only in the summer, and not on my own. This was a step up.

By | Notebook | Friday, 10 January 2014 at 4:41 pm

Threadbare Britain – why our communities need our effort, Opinion

Threadbare Britain – why our communities need our effort

A quarter of us haven’t spoken to our neighbours in at least a month. One in ten over 65s are always or very often lonely. Weak communities mean a drop in health, happiness and security. The power for change is in our hands, and the need is pressing. We must do something about the threadbare fabric of our society.

By | Opinion, Our voices | Thursday, 2 January 2014 at 5:27 pm

India’s street kids fight back: with a broadsheet newspaper, Notebook

India’s street kids fight back: with a broadsheet newspaper

More than 11 million street children live in India – with no official existence and little hope of escaping the poverty cycle. But an extraordinary group of street kids in north India are raising their voices for change – they publish their own broadsheet newspaper, writing about the difficult issues that affect their lives.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 30 October 2013 at 8:14 am

Page 3 isn’t the problem, Fashion

Page 3 isn’t the problem

Yesterday some idiots celebrated the possible end of Page 3 girls in The Sun as a victory against female sexual objectification.
They’ve got it wrong. We need more images of pretty, healthily slim, natural-looking girls smiling confidently at the world. Yes, they’ve got their boobs out. But they aren’t aggressive, sexually explicit or peddling infantile vulnerability as desirable.

By | Fashion, Health, Notebook, Opinion | Tuesday, 12 February 2013 at 5:37 pm

Is it right to train with pain?, Notebook

Is it right to train with pain?

Our attitudes to behaviour modification in animals are hypocritical, speciest and ineffective. No wonder dog-bite hospital admissions are on the rise and rescue centres are overflowing.

By | Notebook | Tuesday, 30 October 2012 at 11:16 pm

Feral ‘Monkey Boy’ – a tale of the unexpected, Notebook

Feral ‘Monkey Boy’ – a tale of the unexpected

The challenge of researching a so-called feral child case is that it’s quite likely a hoax. Someone has dragged out a disabled kid whose wordless vocalisations can be interpreted as the howling of a wolf-child; their spasticity becomes evidence of imitating the wings, claws or paws of their host species. How DO you know when it’s real?

By | Notebook | Monday, 24 September 2012 at 12:58 am

Survive Across the Ocean, Notebook

Survive Across the Ocean

The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race finishes this Sunday in Southampton. A day of music, festivity and celebration by the amateur crews that have logged more than 40,000 miles in the longest yacht race in the world.

By | Notebook, Sport | Saturday, 21 July 2012 at 1:48 am

Rapture of the Deep – Scuba Diving a chapter of History, Notebook

Rapture of the Deep – Scuba Diving a chapter of History

Scuba diving the German shipwrecks in Orkney offers privileged access to one of the most remarkable chapters of World War One.

By | Notebook, Sport | Wednesday, 13 June 2012 at 10:42 pm

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