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Environmental activism is so commonplace nowadays as to be almost unremarkable. This film tells the story of the very first people to try to change the world in this way
It might be argued that humanity’s limited capacity for noble self-sacrifice and its puny reserves of foresight are never going to save the planet. I’d prefer to think our better angels will prevail, and I suspect Nicholas Stern would agree
‘Most wonderfully oriental and novel to English people,’ was the verdict of Miss Riggs of Hampstead on visiting Cairo in 1869, one stop on a whirlwind tour organised by the young Thomas Cook
According to Roberto Saviano, cocaine is the world’s ‘white oil’ underpinning all corners of society, from the grey blocks of Wall Street to the wealthy neighbourhoods of London, ‘the narco-trafficking, money-laundering capital of the world’
Water really is weird. As it freezes, it expands. It freezes faster when hot than when cold. Even just being a liquid at room temperature is strange when many heavier molecules become gaseous at much lower temperatures
‘These are nothing like the swashbucklers from Pirates of the Caribbean.’ That’s what people used to say about Somali pirates. We were to understand that piracy had slowly built up an undeserved romantic reputation
Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century was a melting pot of territorial conflicts waiting to explode, and few regions were more divisive than the area of Alsace-Lorraine, sandwiched between Germany and France
One of the points of his journey, writes Malachy Tallack, was the certainty of its destination: by following the 60th parallel he would inevitably end where he started, home in Shetland

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