Anna Bickerton

Dame Laura Kenny: Reflecting on the career of cycling’s golden girl

Dame Laura Kenny, track cyclist and Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, has this week announced her retirement after 13 years representing Great Britain and England. To call her career of Commonwealth, European, Olympic, and World Championships success spectacular would be a profound understatement. She isn’t the only talented one in...
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Posted Mar. 27, 2024

The company that was bought for a pound

Launched in 2014, Purplebricks’ online estate agent service stood apart from traditional estate agents. Offering just a flat fee for their services, the company was tipped to drastically disrupt the housing market as a newcomer. With this unique zero-commission pricing structure, they quickly became one of the best-known brands in...
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Posted Feb. 19, 2024

The government’s guidance fails to protect gender questioning children

Promised in 2018, the Department for Education finally published guidance last month on how schools should approach transgender and gender-questioning pupils. The past year in particular has seen a flurry of news stories – some more embellished than others – on the services available to children questioning their gender, stoking...
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Posted Jan. 21, 2024

Celtic Tiger roars but the Emerald Isle stumbles: is Ireland actually rich?

From the ‘sick man of Europe’ in the 1970s turned Celtic Tiger, the Republic of Ireland’s embrace of generous corporate tax laws and subsequent economic growth has captivated global audiences. Nonetheless, Irish public services and living standards don’t seem to reflect this supposed transformation. GDP per capita figures from the...
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Posted Dec. 22, 2023

20,000 illegal vapes seized in Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council has revealed that 19,600 illegal vapes have been seized from shops across the county in just 18 months, including a haul of 2,385 from just one shop in North Warwickshire. The vapes were confiscated by Trading Standards: a local government body that investigates illegal business practices. With...
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Posted Dec. 16, 2023

Female Egyptian novelist wins Warwick literary award

Egyptian novelist Deena Mohamed has been awarded 2023’s Warwick Prize for Women in Translation for her graphic novel Shubeik Lubeik (Your Wish Is My Command), originally written in Arabic.  Announced in a ceremony at The Shard in London on November 23, Mohamed’s work was selected from a shortlist of eight...
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Posted Dec. 7, 2023