Neil Stokes

Neil Stokes

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“A LOT OF THINGS HAPPENED”

It was a year that, like all years, a lot of things happened in.” Thus wrote the great Carrie Fisher in The Princess Diarist, her hilarious and revealing memoir of what it was like making the Star Wars...

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History in the making

Although history is happening all around us all the time, it’s not often we realise it. We are naturally caught up in our day-to-day existences, and we can feel we have no choice but to leave a lot of...

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Studying outside the box

I only recently found out that the term ’nini’, used to refer to a young person who neither studies nor works (Ni estudia Ni treballa), is ’neet’ (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) in...

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WHAT ARE YOUR SUMMER PLANS?

A question I’ve heard a lot recently is “What are your plans for the summer?” I assume people are interested to know and are not just finding out when I won’t be at home so they can rob my house....

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FINDING A WAY WITH WORDS

I have kids still in school and so I inevitably compare their educational experience with my own. Obviously, given that I went to school in another country and in another century, there are not many points...

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SANT JORDI V ST GEORGE

As you can see from Joe Hogan’s excellent article on the origins of Saint George on pages 24 and 25, the religious figure famous for saving princesses from dragons is revered all over the world. For...

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THE UNSUNG HEROES OF SPORT

Ever seen Sepak Takraw? What about elephant polo? Or even roller hockey, for that matter? They are all sports (the first is a type of hands-free volleyball played in southeast Asia, while the second is...

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MYTHS IN THE MAKING

Every country comes up with myths about itself. It is an unavoidable element of forging a national identity, even if the actual truth may be quite different. In fact, as everyone knows, it is the blend...