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The challenge that changed my life

By Robert Desmond, November 14, 2014

It’s difficult to admit but let’s face it we all do it — we walk past beggars on the street as if they don’t exist. It’s as if we’re too embarrassed to confront them. The same goes for people with disabilities. Some find it a challenge to engage with them, worried they might say the wrong thing, react in the wrong way or cause unnecessary upset.

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Oh Benedict, could it really have been me?

By Juliet Mann, November 13, 2014

Man asks for woman's hand in marriage. Ta dah! Not exactly the most groundbreaking of headlines, but when that man is heartthrob thespian Benedict Cumberbatch, newsrooms across the globe go into overdrive to fuel the information frenzy about his intended, for his legions of heart-broken fans.

Of course, it could have been me, they all sigh. Actually it could have been me.

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Fitting tribute to the secret Italian heroes

By Gillian Tett, November 13, 2014

In recent years Joseph Perella, a giant of the American private equity world, has become obsessed with Italy's history. The periods that normally attract attention, such as the Renaissance or Roman empire, are not what interests Perella.

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Startling truth of the man who invented 'sexology'

By David Robson, November 13, 2014

The change in attitudes towards sexuality in recent times has been extraordinary. For instance, anyone middle-aged or older can remember when, both legally and socially, homosexuals were treated as pariahs. This year, homosexual marriage became legal in England, Scotland and Wales.

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Tribute: Malcolm Kayne

By Nicola Loftus, November 13, 2014

Do you remember Harry Melvin? I introduced the 89-year-old to Jewish Chronicle readers earlier this year. Actually, his real name was Malcom Kayne. A war veteran, who climbed on to the beaches of Normandy -with his tefillin strapped under his helmet - fighting for our freedom.

But war wasn't his biggest battle; it was loneliness.

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I've defended OJ and Von Bulow but I can't defend Miliband's shameful hypocrisy

By Alan Dershowitz, November 6, 2014

Ed Miliband wants to become Prime Minister following the next general election.

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Bar Refaeli - 'not a bikini kind of girl'

By Andrew Threlfall, October 23, 2014

Supermodel, businesswoman, former girlfriend of Leonardo DiCaprio. So how does Bar Refaeli see herself? Apparently, as just your average tomboy, happiest in T-shirt and jeans and enjoying "a beer with my family". And "not a bikini kind of girl". She also loves London, which she has been visiting since childhood and where friends of her extended family live.

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Interview: Janis Winehouse

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

Janis Winehouse threw caution to the wind six months ago when she strapped a parachute to her body and jumped out of a plane flying at more than 13,000 feet. This would be challenging for anybody, but particularly someone struggling with the debilitating effects of Multiple Sclerosis on a daily basis.

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Down the Tube - a pictorial record

By Charlotte Oliver, July 3, 2014

Any Londoner well-versed in Tube etiquette knows the unspoken rules - head down, eyes fixed forward, disregarding the stranger nestled snugly beside you. But Bob Mazzer takes a different approach.

For 40 years, the photographer has travelled the length and breadth of the London Underground, documenting all he witnesses.

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Catching up with the cultural wizards of Oz who came to UK

By Simon Round, July 3, 2014

Howard Jacobson has been telling a joke for a quite some time about his first trip to Australia back in 1964. "As the boat I was in was passing the equator, we passed a ship going the other way and Robert Hughes, Germaine Greer, Clive James and Barry Humphries were on it. They were all shouting from the deck, 'you're going the wrong way mate'.

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