Reading

Reading your way to a Bill Gates brain Reading is often associated with all things “boring” when, in fact, it’s not only the key to worlds beyond our reach, but to our interior world and a knowledge of who we are. From the cradle to the grave, books have the power to change us and,…

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Staycation

Staycation: a journey that forces us to go deep not wide As Easter comes around again, we can be forgiven for feeling frustrated that our wings remained clipped and we are forced to spend the holiday in our own back yards. Most of us would once have planned a short trip abroad or at least…

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Learning Chinese

Chinese: a window onto one of the world’s oldest civilisations Most of us would agree that with its population of 1.4 billion and its eye-watering industry and discipline, China is a force to be reckoned with, yet few of us know much about its culture despite the fact it has a history reaching back 5,000…

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is as urgent as ever if we know the facts This year’s slogan for International Women’s Day couldn’t be more apt. While there is a growing contingent that believes gender equality has already been achieved, the #choosetochallenge rallying cry asks us to question our complacency. This year, marches to mark the day…

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Joining the knowledge dots!

Life is basically inter-disciplinary. Take Covid, as an example. The pandemic demands that we a have a rudimentary grasp of Biology to understand how the disease spreads and attacks; Maths and Technology if we are to understand the statistics and predictions; Chemistry and Technology if we want to know anything about the vaccines; not to…

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It’s scientific: we need more girls in STEM

If the pandemic and climate change has highlighted anything, it’s the importance of science in contemporary life, whether in the sphere of biology and medicine or physics and engineering. The need for people working in medicine, automation and the environment is set to become increasingly urgent which means drawing on a dramatically wider pool of…

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Cultivating cultural intelligence

In uncertain times, human beings tend to seek out the familiar, clinging to what we already know rather than making a leap of faith and filling the gaps in our knowledge. With 195 different countries in the world and thousands of cultures, it is impossible for us to understand where everybody is coming from, but…

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