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Nastanga
In 1932, an American biologist named Ivan T. Sanderson was on safari in Cameroon when he sighted a beast so enormous that it made an elephant look like a child’s toy. Sanderson reported its head alone was almost the size of a fully grown hippopotamus
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Joseph Coelho The Importance Of Poetry To Me
My relationship with poetry feels like my relationship with air. It’s always been there and has always been essential. I rarely discuss poetry, but like air it is always around me: I’m always using it, leaning on it, depending on it. It took me a whi
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Praise Poem
IT SEEMED THAT THE TOWN LAY BENEATH THE ETHER OF TIME.NOTHING STIRRED. THE HEAT PARALYZED MEN AND OBJECTS AS IFNOTHING WOULD EVER AGAIN COME ALIVE. THE YOUNG GOATS ASIF FROZEN IN A FINAL ACT HUGGING THE HOUSE WALLS. THE REDEARTH FLOODED THE ROADS AND
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Wonderful World, Beautiful Music
Yellowman isn’t actually called Yellowman – his name is Winston, and he grew up in Jamaica. Yellowman is very important in the world of reggae, he was the first dancehall artist to be signed to a major record label. That was in 1981 and he signed to
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How To Make Music Videos
What did you want to do for a job when you were at school?  I wanted to be a pilot. I loved, and still love, planes.   Have you always liked music and watching music videos?  Yes – I have. I got dragged into the practical side by my cousin who is
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Amazing Africa Seek-and-find
1. THE LOCATION OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST CIVILISATION? Ancient Egypt’s Pharaonic civilisations date back to 3100 BC. 2. THE WORLD’S LONGEST RIVER? The Nile is 4,132 miles long. 3. THE LARGEST WATERFALL? Victoria Falls is one mile wide Zambia is on one s
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Contemporary African Art And Artists
Artists from across the vast continent of Africa – as well as artists of African heritage from every corner of the world – are now making their mark as never before on the contemporary art scene. El Anatsui from Ghana makes huge ‘cloths’ of bottle
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The Hero Librarian Of Timbuktu
How far would you go to protect your most treasured possessions? What would you be willing to risk to save your family’s precious heirlooms? These were the questions facing Abdel Kader Haidara in 2012 when his city of Timbuktu, in the West African c
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Dara
· Two players · Twelve counters each – they could be sticks vs stones, black vs white, or any other group you can find as long as each player’s set is easily recognisable. To form three-in-a-row, and remove your opponent’s pieces so they can’t play.
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The Politics Of Afro Hair
On 3 July 2019, the state of California signed the CROWN Act into law. Its purpose? To protect its citizens from discrimination based on their natural hair. This new law prohibits workplaces and schools from enforcing policies against particular hai
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The Mpemba Effect
Even as Erasto Mpemba put up his hand, his schoolmates started jeering. They knew what he was going to ask – it was his obsession – and they did not want to be embarrassed by a classmate demonstrating his ignorance of physics in that way.  Throughout
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Books Of The Round Table
by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson (£12.99, Farrar, Straus and Giroux) This is the story of Betty Shabazz before she met Malcolm X and the work she did as an activist and woman, told via her daughter and acclaimed writer Renée Watson. Her life is
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GUEST EDITOR Sylvia Arthur
Tell us a little about your work . . . I own a small library called Libreria, in Accra, the capital of a country called Ghana, which is in West Africa. I have over 2,000 books and I lend them to people who also like to read. It’s great because you ge
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Mindfulness Love And Kindness
We live in a world where we punish bad behaviour. If we have done something naughty at school we might be punished by not being allowed to play in the playground or, even worse, a detention. At home we may be sent to our rooms, have the Wi-Fi disconn
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Grandma And The Goat Thief
My sister, Aku Sika, and I always spend the holidays with our grandma in the village. We love it here. There are always things to do, new people to meet and fresh, delicious food to eat. Lucy, my grandma’s pet goat is pregnant and I hope she has her
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Woodrow Phoenix
What were your favourite comics as a kid? I read anything and everything when I was a kid. The more strips the merrier! Funny strips, action, romance, science fiction... I was particularly fascinated by a old book of golf comics for some reason. I t
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Fearless Fe And Anxious Anna
Finona, or Fe as she was known to her family and friends, was born completely free from fear. Her parents claimed she was born under a lucky star because she possessed the strength of mind and body that most grown ups could only ever dream of. She wo
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Cape Town South Africa
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Zac and I am seven years old. My birthday is in December, which is summer where I live. Where do you live? I live in Cape Town in a big, old house, which has lots of leaks in it when it rains. Our house
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The Show Boy
Ishouldn’t have gone to the parlour. I should never go to the parlour, unless I’ve been ordered to clean out the fireplace or dust down the bookcases. I was supposed to be in the kitchen helping Mrs Sandall, the cook, take the stones out the greengag
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Reader Reviews
This is a thrilling adventure about three children: Charlie, best friend Dizzy, and the school bully, Johnny. In this story they find themselves in a forest. A strange forest where time will not stay in order. It is a thrilling adventure where the po
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GUEST EDITOR David Roberts
How did you become an artist? I failed everything at school except for art and religious education. I didn’t want to be an arty vicar ! So at sixteen I went to art school to do a foundation course where you try out many different art practices like
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An Artist’s Guide to Taking the Ultimate Selfie
Never in history have so many people created so many images of themselves. But the selfie isn’t new. The first known example dates to December 1920 when five gentlemen lugged a camera the size of a briefcase on to a New York rooftop. It took two of t
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What Is Art?
We all feel something when we look at works of art. Artist René Magritte said, ‘Art evokes the mystery without which the world would not exist.’ This beautiful sentiment shows how art has a powerful purpose to create meaning for the viewer. For many
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Therianthrope
I can’t count the times I’ve walked this path. It’s my secret place, a little haven of complete silence. That’s what I like about it, you know? The silence. It’s as if I’m the only person on Earth; apart from the intruding foxes of course. They don’t
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Daisy And The Doodler
It had to be perfect. No crossings-out, no extra wiggles where no wiggles had any right being. Ab-so-lute-ly perfect. I closed my bedroom door and hoped my little sister Natasha didn’t wander in and demand to know what I was doing. It sounded like sh
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Junior Editor Lara Devi Saigal Age Nine
CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR LIFE AND INTERESTS? I was born in London, but I have lived (and gone to school) in Mumbai, Dubai and London. I love travelling and my interests are reading, horse riding, skiing and tennis (not necessarily in that or
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The Golden Ratio
What links the Mona Lisa’s nose, the Cathedral of Chartres, the most pleasing arrangement of a rectangle and – to give one of the more surprising examples found in nature – the magnetic resonance of spins in cobalt niobate crystals? The answer is the
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Columbia Missouri, USA
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Eleanor (Ellie) and I’m eight. My favourite colour is all the shades of blue! I love to read about Greek mythology. Where do you live? Columbia, Missouri. We live in a large house in the woods, in the mi
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Ben Drake Skye Blake And The Scrunch Snake
I stink at art! I stink worse than a fish stall that’s been pelted with rotten eggs. Paint and clay won’t do what I want them to. They just end up in my hair and all over my hands and shirt. Ask me to draw you an animal and it’ll look like my three-y
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Florence Italy
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Linda and I’m twelve. Where do you live? Florence, Italy, in a large apartment overlooking Il Poggio, in Piazzale Michelangelo. What is your family like? My mom is a clothes designer and my dad has his
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