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    SINGLE IN SHANGHAI

    TWENTY SOMETHING questions for a 20-something, single woman in Shanghai – the real life story of Teresa Feng. What it’s like to grow up in “the best place in China” and not become a “bad girl”?I – Am I a…

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    A REALLY SMALL THING

    THE BOY had one dream and one plan and three days after his twentieth birthday, he decided it was time to act. He said goodbye to his mother. She cried. He said goodbye to his girlfriend. She cried too, although…

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    PREPARE FOR ACTIVE SHOOTER

    I PUT up the cardboard, keep my class of 16- and 17-year-olds silent – or as silent as I can, and wait for the all clear. It’s routine. Routine to prepare for an active shooter. Routine to prepare to push…

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    China is Choking

    THE BLUE light catches my eye, and I peer at the illuminated square in the middle of the little white plastic egg. The number is 59. I wait to see if it’ll tick over to 60. I hope it doesn’t.…

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    BMI BABIES

    “HOW MANY weeks are you?” asks the woman in the pink t-shirt.The women reply: “27…25…31…32…25.”“Oh right, I wonder why I got tested so early?”Ignoring the elephant in the room, I ask pink t-shirt: “So how many weeks are you?” ​​ The…

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    SIZE MATTERS IN CONFLICT THAT NEVER FLAGS

    MY FLAGPOLE is bigger than yours, says North Korea. Squinting through binoculars out into the hazy distance, it is possible to make out two flagpoles. One carries the Taegukgi, flag of South Korea. The taller sports the red and blue…

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    PEACE IN VOLUNTARY EXILE

    THERE IS only one taxi on the island of Folegandros so we arrange for our hotel to send a car to the port. The mid-morning sky is watercolour gradient of pale-grey and blue. The heat of the September sun is…

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    Death Becomes Her

    I HAVE to write something. If I don’t, I’m afraid of what else might happen. This is a deliberate act to push away the dark thoughts that have been plaguing me for the past six months, in the vain hope…

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    Loss and Fervour in Patagonia

    AFTER THE disappearance of a protester in Argentina’s wild and inhospitable south, the country stands divided. With memories still fresh of the thousands disappeared during the country’s Dirty War, one single missing protester has given rise to emotion and debate…

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    The 95 Mile Woman

    TEACHER AND mother of three Nicole Brown was the final finisher at this year’s gruelling West Highland Way Ultra-Marathon. But why would anyone want to run 95 miles? Nicole Brown stirs a pan of chilli on the hob. She’s just…