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This week is International Refugee Week, and throughout the week, we are putting the spotlight on some of the refugees that have settled in Dorset. Today we hear from Fayeza and Mustafa from Afghanistan.  They and their two young children became refugees when the Taliban took power in Afghanistan in 2021. Both were well qualified with...
For those who are unaware of who Jacqueline Wilson is. Jacqueline Wilson, a prolific British author, has captivated the hearts and minds of young readers for decades. Born on December 17, 1945, in Bath, England, Wilson's extensive body of work has been instrumental in shaping contemporary children's literature. Her stories,...
Martyn Ware is a seminal figure in the landscape of electronic music, with a career spanning several decades marked by innovation and a keen sense of social awareness. As a founding member of The Human League and Heaven 17, Martyn has not only contributed to the evolution of synth-pop...
George Carlin, a seminal figure in American comedy, wielded his razor-sharp wit to critique societal norms, politics, and the human condition. Renowned for his incisive observational comedy and dark humour, Carlin's influence transcended the realm of entertainment, leaving an indelible mark on cultural and political discourse. Early Life and...
"Please check, please repeat." A frantic telephone call from a woman with a cut-glass English accent took Maureen Sweeney by surprise. A short time earlier, the Irish postmistress had filed her hourly weather report: "Force six wind and a rapidly falling barometer." It was her 21st birthday, but she and...
"I smell a virgin…" Katie Hopkins said, looking straight at me. "I smell lefty, pressy scum!" The far-right commentator was addressing an audience of 500 people in a soggy tent in a rural corner of northwest England. I was standing at the back, but that didn't stop her singling me...
The remains of a young woman were discovered in a storage pit in an Iron Age settlement, lying on carefully arranged animal bones. Analysis of her bones suggests she was killed by a blade incision in her neck. Her vertebrae also showed signs of a rigorous, hard working life....
Gil Scott-Heron, born on April 1st, 1949, was a trailblazer of words and rhythms. In the annals of music history, Gil Scott-Heron stands as a luminary whose legacy transcends mere melodies and lyrics. As a poet, musician, and social commentator, his impact reverberates through time, influencing generations with his...

What is Marriage?

Let us begin with an answer that was given 0/10 by a class teacher. Now for an answer closer to 10/10 Marriage, an institution as ancient as human civilisation itself, transcends mere legal and social contracts; it embodies the very essence of human connection, commitment, and companionship. At its core, marriage...
The wonderful Kurt Vonnegut introduced Kurt Vonnegut was an American author renowned for his distinctive voice, satirical wit, and profound insights into the human condition. Born on November 11, 1922, in Indianapolis, Indiana, Vonnegut grew up amidst the tumult of the Great Depression and World War II, experiences that deeply...