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Dining across the divide: ‘I don’t think we fully agreed on a definition of woke’
One is from a leftwing family but moved right; the other from a conservative background and moved left. Did that help them understand the other’s perspective?

Sam Wollaston

02, Feb, 2023 @12:30 PM

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Dining across the divide: ‘I was at Oxford, and people had to walk past a statue of a coloniser every day’
They might agree on Jeremy Corbyn, but are they as closely aligned on colonialism or the monarchy?

Zoe Williams

26, Jan, 2023 @12:30 PM

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Dining across the divide: ‘He’s not visibly queer like me and I don’t think he faces the same issues’
One votes Labour, the other has a dog called Thatcher, but they agree to disagree on politics. Will they be on such amicable ground when it comes to gender?

Sam Wollaston

19, Jan, 2023 @12:30 PM

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The long and short of being a 6ft teen | Brief letters
Brief letters: Trials of being tall | Meeting Miriam Margolyes | Jumpsuits on planes | Brief letter boost | Alan Sugar does irony

10, Jan, 2023 @6:12 PM

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Is it really better to be tall? We ask an expert
Taller people have a lower risk of many diseases, do better in education and earn more, says Prof Majid Ezzati

Coco Khan

06, Jan, 2023 @3:00 PM

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Dining across the divide: ‘I found to my enormous surprise that we both admire Mick Lynch’
One votes Lib Dem, the other Ukip and Conservative, but is the union leader all they agree on?

Zoe Williams

05, Jan, 2023 @12:30 PM

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Do fireworks harm animals? We ask an expert
Pyrotechnics send animals’ heart rates soaring, triggering a panic response and a desire to flee, says Prof Claudia Wascher

Coco Khan

30, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Dining across the divide: ‘She sees my generation as not being grateful enough for what we have’
They both vote Labour and agree on Brexit – but what about freedom of speech and cancel culture?

Sam Wollaston

29, Dec, 2022 @12:30 PM

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What time should Christmas dinner be served? We ask an expert
Our festive food habits are based on tradition and imitating innovations by the wealthy, says historian Christopher Winn

Coco Khan

23, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Dining across the divide: ‘I can get quite French Revolutionary about the monarchy’
He thinks the monarchy has value, she finds attributing privilege by birth offensive. Can they agree on nurses striking?

Sam Wollaston

22, Dec, 2022 @12:30 PM

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Can I train my cat like a dog? We ask an expert
It’s easy to teach your feline companion to sit or follow a target, says behaviour expert Daniel Warren-Cummings

Coco Khan

16, Dec, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Dining across the divide: ‘His views are in opposition to everything I believe’
They disagreed on Brexit, immigration, eugenics. Could they find anything in common?

Zoe Williams

15, Dec, 2022 @12:30 PM

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