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Imprisoned for Love: Human Rights in Egypt

(11) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 6:00 PM

On 11 February 2011, the Egyptian nation celebrated freedom, as Hosni Mubarak's 30 year rule came to an end. Thousands gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and the exultant images were transmitted to TV screens the world over. Egypt had its carte blanche.

But this wasn't absolute. On 16 October 2011,...

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Graham Short: The World's Smallest Engraver

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2012 | 5:48 AM

Graham Short is an astonishing human being. In our modern world of hyperboles, Short's talent really does stand out as extraordinary. He is a calm, softly-spoken man, an engraver from Birmingham who likes to swim. As night falls, he spends hours pursuing his hobby - working with a microscope, Graham...

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One in Five Women Still Avoid Cervical Screening

(56) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 6:00 PM

A quarter of a million women worldwide will have died of cervical cancer by the time 2011 draws to a close. That's roughly one death every two minutes. Of those, around 900 are British women - and sadly, many of these deaths could have been prevented by a simple cervical...

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Woodpigeon Migrates: Canada to Vienna

(0) Comments | Posted November 19, 2011 | 7:30 AM

Mark Hamilton, part of the Canadian Woodpigeon collective, has been touring with Jose Gonzalez's band Junip of late. The bewitching folk-pop is delicate and catchy -- the sort of music you'd be listening to on a bleak November evening with hot-dogs and camp fires.

I met up with...

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Gay Rights: Are We Still Wrong?

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 5:01 AM

One of the best-known pieces of LGBT literature is Leslie Feinberg's Stone Butch Blues.

The novel follows lesbian Jess Goldberg and her difficulties growing up in a world where homosexuality was not tolerated. Set in the sixties, the book is a shocking account of the degradation and difficulties that...

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Terje Isungset : Playing With Mother Nature

(0) Comments | Posted November 7, 2011 | 5:32 PM

Terje Isungset started out as a regular percussionist. However, coming from Norway, where you're surrounded by ice for much of the year; Isungset started to use what was around him, and began making instruments out of ice. He went on to found the world's first ice festival, held annually in...
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