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A cow’s life doesn’t have to end on a dinner plate, Opinion

A cow’s life doesn’t have to end on a dinner plate

DEFRA figures state that in October 158,000 cows were slaughtered in Britain. Let’s not pretend their end was anything but grizzly, terrifying and miserable – but things don’t need to be this way.

By | Opinion | Monday, 17 February 2014 at 6:07 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

Why we should remember the bravery of World War One journalists, Notebook

Why we should remember the bravery of World War One journalists

Imagine if the British Government suddenly announced that journalists would not be allowed to report on a particular story and would face arrest if they tried to do so.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 21 June 2013 at 5:45 pm

Mine awareness day: Lend your leg today, Notebook

Mine awareness day: Lend your leg today

In spite of the continued cold snap, you may notice a significant number of people rolling up their trousers and baring their legs today in order to ‘Lend a Leg’ in support of continued landmine problems around the world.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 4 April 2013 at 5:00 am

China’s Sudanese dilemma: Secure oil whatever the cost, Notebook

China’s Sudanese dilemma: Secure oil whatever the cost

News broke in late March that South Sudan ordered its oil companies to start production again. The fledgling Sub-Saharan nation stopped oil exports in January 2012 amid failed negotiations with Sudan over oil transmission prices. Not that this is anything new. The two Sudans reached an agreement last September but it was never implemented due to disagreement over border security issues.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 3:10 pm

Why does Jack the Ripper continue to intrigue us?, Notebook

Why does Jack the Ripper continue to intrigue us?

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Jack the Ripper, the notorious Whitechapel murderer who killed and mutilated at least five women during the darkest months of the Victorian era. On the surface, it’s just another grisly tale from Britain’s often grisly past. So, after all these years, why does the Ripper’s legacy continue to linger so strongly in the public consciousness?

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 3 April 2013 at 5:00 am

My transgender life: The trans phone conundrum, Notebook

My transgender life: The trans phone conundrum

I pick up the phone and dial the researcher’s office number. His assistant answers. He’ll pass on my request for information. A couple of hours pass and my telephone rings. “Hello, is that Beth?” asks the caller. ‘Beth?’ I think. Then I realise what’s happening.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Thursday, 28 March 2013 at 2:15 pm

The Photography Blog: A quick chat with… Geoff Tompkinson, Notebook

The Photography Blog: A quick chat with… Geoff Tompkinson

Geoff Tompkinson is a photographer at the forefront of what can be achieved with a modern digital SLR. He’s been dubbed ‘the man who controls time’ after producing some of the most innovative and stunning footage from the world’s major cities with his camera. Welcome to Geoff’s world of hyperlapse photography.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Monday, 25 March 2013 at 6:00 pm

World Water Day: Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share, Notebook

World Water Day: Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share

It is fair to say that in the western world we take water for granted. At home, one can turn on the tap, pour themselves a glass of tap water, and even leave it running without fear that the flow might stop.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Friday, 22 March 2013 at 6:00 am

The Human Rights Act and the NHS: How Theresa May’s proposals go beyond Abu Qatada, Notebook

The Human Rights Act and the NHS: How Theresa May’s proposals go beyond Abu Qatada

Theresa May’s proposal to scrap the UK Human Rights Act (HRA) and withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) is clearly not just motivated by government legal difficulties over the extradition of Abu Qatada.

By | Notebook, Opinion | Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 4:03 pm

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