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The Sixth Mass Extinction – Giles Wilson

We have all heard of the death of the dinosaurs, supposedly caused by an asteroid striking earth around 65 million years ago. To name it scientifically, it is the ‘Cretaceous- tertiary mass extinction’, the most recent great loss of life on a worldwide scale, of which there have been four others- the ‘Ordovician-silurian’, the ‘late…
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She’s having kittens: Part 1 – Mrs Kemsley

In the back of Miss Izod’s car, 30km south of Paris, on the phone. Me: She’s giving birth?! What? Now? Dad: Yes. Me: How do you know? Dad: I can see kittens coming out of her. Me: Oh. Fair enough. In that moment, my life was changed forever. I am now the proud carer of…
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The Mysteries of ‘The Shed’ – Philippa Murrison

Many hapless year sevens may not yet know what ‘The Shed’ is. Indeed, five years ago, when resident in Blake, I used to think that the decidedly dodgy music wafting across the tennis courts of a Friday n ight was merely a tame teachers’ disco. How wrong I was. The Shed, for those for you…
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Are you ‘in’ or ‘out’? – Tom Heley on the EU Referendum

In the coming months leading up to the referendum on EU membership on the 23rd June, every person who has a social media account and an opinion will suddenly turn into a political commentator; as is the case when there is any type of major political event. So in an effort to balance the argument…
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Mozart to McQueen: the nature of creative genius – Immy Kerr

Is the notion of creativity one which can be defined? Does it relate to intelligence or are the two independent? Why is it that creativity and psychosis often come hand in hand? The nature and the making of a creative genius is a topic which has fascinated and enthralled scientists throughout history, and remains unanswerable…
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I’m not happy for Mr Vickers – Mr Hodson

Following Tottenham’s failure to defeat Chelsea last week, Leicester City are, inexplicably, Premier League Champions. To those unversed in such matters: Leicester started the season as 5000-1 underdogs for the title having only narrowly avoided relegation last season. And how the neutrals are rejoicing; West Brom boss Tony Pulis expressed satisfaction at being able to…
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Why the RSC is killing theatre – Rosy Trewin-Marshall

Following the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death, Rosy Trewin-Marshall takes a controversial look at how Shakespeare is delivered in British theatre today. It is a common assumption that theatre is a kind of self-important, secret society. A pretentious  clique of, and for, the elite.  Open that synonym dictionary and look up “pretentious”. Pretty much every word…
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Our Broken Electoral System – Will Christmas

We heard so many complaints before the last general election, “There’s no point in me voting,”; “it won’t change a thing,”; “I can’t be bothered.” And while the majority of adults voting dismissed these complaints, stating that those people were wasting their democratic privilieges, looking at the figures that came out of last year’s election,…
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The Battle of Jutland: 100 years on – Ben Barker

This year marks the centenary of the Battle of Jutland (May 31st – June 1st, 1916), which saw 101 former RHS pupils lose their lives in little more than 12 hours – an unprecedented scale and rate of alumni loss. The battle was fought in the North Sea, 60 miles off the coast of Jutland,…
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