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Too hot? In 1858 a heatwave turned London into a stinking sewer

Image copyright Punch magazine Image caption Failing to fund new drains was costing lives, said Punch magazine Suffering in the hot weather? Spare a thought then for the population of London back in 1858, a year of sky-high temperatures and the Great Stink. That year, the London Standard reported temperatures of over 30C by the […]

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Parents who saved their only child by giving her away

Image caption Lien was one of thousands of Dutch Jewish children hidden from the Nazis by a secret resistance network In August 1942, a stranger knocked on the door of a house in the Hague, in the Netherlands. An eight-year-old girl was handed over to the safekeeping of the unknown visitor, to be taken to […]

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The young carers missing out on a summer holiday

Nearly three-quarters of young carers feel isolated during the summer holidays, according to new research. Thirteen-year-old Jack and 10-year-old Alex have both made sacrifices to help their families. Watch the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News Channel in the UK and on iPlayer afterwards. […]

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Brownies launch aviation badge to encourage girls to become pilots

Image copyright PA Image caption Kate McWilliams said she did not consider becoming a pilot until adulthood Girlguiding group Brownies has launched an aviation badge as part of a campaign to encourage more women to become pilots. To earn the badge, Brownies will have to perform aeronautical experiments and name 40 things that fly. At […]

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National Citizen Service funding should be used elsewhere – LGA

Image copyright PA Councils have claimed a key government youth scheme is not value for money. The National Citizen Service – a four-week summer initiative for 15 to 17-years-olds – cost the government £634m between 2014/15 and 2017/18. That amounts to 95% of central government spending on youth services over the period. But the Local […]

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'We're with my disabled brother round the clock'

Image copyright other Fourteen-year-old Jess wants to go on holiday this summer like any other teenager, but she has to be on hand to help to care for her brother. Jacob, 13, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and is registered blind so needs care 24 hours a day seven days a week in his home in […]

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Gender pay gap: School pupils battle for equality

Primary school pupils have set-up an after-school club to raise awareness of gender inequality. Calling themselves the Justice Squad, the boys and girls of Putnoe Primary School in Bedford have been writing to MPs, performing poetry and designing posters to get their message across. Source link

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Every university 'needs' Alcoholics Anonymous meetings

Image copyright Getty Images Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) meetings should take place in universities across the UK, student leaders have said. Charity AA says the number of younger people attending their meetings is on the increase. NUS Wales president Gwyneth Sweatman said Cardiff University’s sessions for problem drinkers, one of the first of its kind, have […]

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Pupils unable to read is 'a scandal', says minister

Image copyright Getty Images Education Secretary Damian Hinds says it is a “scandal” that some children still start school unable to speak in full sentences or read simple words. Children who start school behind their peers rarely catch up – “the gap just widens”, he will say in a speech. He has pledged to halve […]

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Celebrity divorce lawyer backs reform of 'archaic' laws

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBaroness Shackleton tells Today that marriage is ‘not just about the heart’ One of the UK’s most famous divorce lawyers has backed a change in the law – but urged couples to be more practical about marriage. Baroness Fiona Shackleton called the current divorce law “archaic”. Under […]

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The Manchester orchestra giving ‘confidence’ to kids

What if your nine-year-old could go straight from their maths lessons to playing trumpet with a professional orchestra? Manchester Camerata are sharing their skills, trumpets and baritones with school children in Merseyside. This clip is originally from BBC Radio 5 live. Source link

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Miss Varz: Black student aims to make difference at Oxford

Varaidzo Kativhu is an Oxford University student and award-winning vlogger, who uses the name Miss Varz. The black undergraduate, who has 4,000 followers on YouTube, is determined to increase the number of black and minority ethnic students at top universities. Source link