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In the Summertime: how Mungo Jerry made a sweltering classic

I still had a day job at a laboratory when the melody for In the Summertime entered my head. The lyric took 10 minutes to write. When I was young,

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‘You’ve been smoking too much!’: the chaos of Tony Wilson’s digital music revolution

It’s January 2000, and Tony Wilson is regaling me with tales of his brilliant career; how signing Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays to his Mancunian indie label Factory

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David Nicholls: ‘Gifting books feels like changing the music at someone else’s party’

The book I am currently readingThat Reminds Me by Derek Owusu, his tough, intense, poetic coming-of-age story. It’s demanding but powerful. The book that changed my lifeTess of the D’Urbervilles.

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‘The Amazon is the entry door of the world’: why Brazil’s biodiversity crisis affects us all

Célia Xakriabá is the voice of a new generation of female indigenous leaders who are leading the fight against the destruction of Brazil’s forests both in the Amazon and the

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Meet the model agency fighting body fascism

“In a world where the mainstream concept of what is and isn’t beautiful becomes increasingly narrow, you have to be young, you have to be thin, you should preferably be

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Jimmy Lai: the Hong Kong pro-democracy tycoon who is not afraid to take on Beijing

Hong Kong national security police have arrested media tycoon Jimmy Lai under suspicion of colluding with foreign forces. It marks the most high-profile arrest since Beijing’s national security laws were

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‘I feel worthless’: workers tell of gruelling life in Dutch meat plants

Trapped in jobs that make them feel worthless, meat plant workers have spoken out about working life in an industry accused of using temporary agencies to avoid employment responsibilities. Speaking

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