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Marcus Rashford scores in book charts with You Are a Champion

A guide for young people in which the footballer shares stories from his own life and reveals how to “dream big” and “find your team”, You Are a Champion was published at the end of May, co-written with journalist Carl Anka. It topped the children’s bestseller charts for four weeks until it was knocked off by David Walliams’ new novel Megamonster.

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Weed garden wins RHS gold at Tatton Park flower show

The judges at RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, in Cheshire, have awarded a gold medal to a garden full of weeds.

The team behind the plot, named Weed Thriller, wanted to show that native plants are not just beautiful but essential for wildlife.

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Colour of Power report
who are the new BAME figures in top UK jobs?

This year’s Colour of Power report includes a host of new black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) politicians, business leaders and cultural figures. From football managers to media leaders and charity bosses, the number of minority ethnic figures in prominent positions has more than doubled in four years.

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The Big Butterfly Count
Till 8th August
Butterfly Conservation

Help us take nature's pulse by joining the Big Butterfly Count.

The Big Butterfly Count is a UK-wide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment simply by counting the amount and type of butterflies (and some day-flying moths) we see.

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Marcus Rashford
England striker 'won't apologise' for who he is after receiving racist abuse

England forward Marcus Rashford apologised for his penalty miss but said he "will never apologise for who I am" after he was one of three players subjected to racist abuse following England's Euro 2020 final defeat.

Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed their spot-kicks as Italy won 3-2 in a shootout after a 1-1 draw.

All three players were targeted on social media after the game.

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4 films about illegal fishing
one of the world’s most lucrative and dangerous industries

Under the cover of night, away from prying eyes, the activity takes place. It’s worth billions of dollars but the price that it comes with is tainted with reports of murder, slavery, corruption, and deception of the most evil kind. Sounds like the premise of a brand new Netflix series, but instead this is the reality of what happens in one of the world’s most lucrative industries. And the secret activity worth billions of dollars? Fish.

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The Jump
Covid 19
BBC Sounds

Chris van Tulleken explores the human behaviours causing pandemics, paying the price for getting too close to animals by degrading their territory and allowing viruses to jump. What's clear is that Covid-19 was inevitable; that a coronavirus would jump in Asia was predicted in at least 3 papers in early 2019. It's a symptom of degraded ecosystems leading to intimate contact with animals we don't normally encounter.

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What's on
Lakeside Arts

Lakeside Arts is the University of Nottingham’s public arts programme. Over 200,000 people of all ages and abilities engage annually with Lakeside’s cultural programme – enriching the lives Nottingham and Nottinghamshire communities, including the University’s staff and students.

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Chris Packham on the importance of Alan Turing

· Chris Packham on the importance of Alan Turing “A genius. A saviour. But he was also autistic and gay. So we betrayed him.”

Chris Packham's speech about Icons winner Alan Turing might just make you cry.

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Mary Anning and her fossils
Wollaton Park
Till October

Meet Mary Anning, the remarkable Victorian fossil collector from Lyme Regis. She tells of her greatest find-the first fossil Ichthyosaur which she discovered when she was only 12 years old!

Help Mary identify her fossils and enter a world of strange sea creatures, dinosaurs and marine reptiles Discover how fossils were formed millions of years ago

Examine some wonderful specimens from our handling collection and create a timeline to find out how creatures today have evolved

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The Pitch Film Fund
The Pitch

The Pitch Film Fund exists to give emerging filmmakers a chance. We offer an array of training and support and have £40,000 to spend on two short films, offering you the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of everyone from Monty Python to Martin Scorsese in making a film inspired by the Bible. We are open to filmmakers of any background.

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Why England fans booing players taking a knee is wide of the mark

On Wednesday night, 563 days after England supporters were last inside a stadium to watch their national team who are priming for a major tournament, a swathe decided to mark the occasion by booing players taking the knee.

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The National Garden Scheme

The National Garden Scheme gives visitors unique access to over 3,600 exceptional private gardens in England and Wales, and raises impressive amounts of money for nursing and health charities through admissions, teas and cake.

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Free trees for schools and communities
The Woodland Trust

We want to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. So we’re giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. Together, we'll get millions more trees in the ground.

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Nottingham African Centre

Nottingham African Centre (NAC) is a One Africa Foundation (UK) community Centre project set up to promote African culture in Nottingham through African drumming Workshops, diverse African cultural products, music, dance, food, training and education of the general public in Nottingham on the rich and diverse issues relating to the African Continent. Our aim is to bring Africans in Nottingham closer to home.

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Commemoration unveiled to mark Nottingham’s biggest council housing development
Nottingham City Homes

A new poem and commemoration stone is being unveiled this week, at one of the city’s biggest and most ambitious regeneration projects.

The Lenton Green site saw five 1960s high rises tower bocks completely demolished to make way for 142 homes, including bungalows, flats, family homes and an award-winning independent living scheme.

The development, which was carried out by Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes, has seen the area completely transformed and helped to regenerate that area.

The centre of the new neighbourhood features a green corridor – a place for wildlife and nature to thrive, and for residents to relax. On this green area, there is a large commemorative stone, that will now hold a poem dedicated to the area.

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Wasteminster: stop dumping plastic waste overseas
Greenpeace International

What’s the UK government’s plastic policy? Dump it on other countries!

Less than 10% of plastic recycling is actually recycled in the UK. The rest is sent overseas where it’s often burned or dumped, fuelling health and wildlife emergencies.

Globally, more than 90% of all plastic waste ever produced has not been recycled. Plastic isn’t just a problem for wildlife and nature, it’s a problem for people too.

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‘Titus’ the T. rex is coming to the UK
National Geographic

WHEN palaeontologist Craig Pfister unearthed a broken tibia amongst the ancient sediments of Montana's Hell Creek Formation in 2014 he knew immediately what he'd found.

Nottingham's Wollaton Hall is set to host the first 'real' Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton exhibited in England for over a century. Here's what we know about it.

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Let’s learn about the ocean & climate crisis!
Plastic Free School

We have launched a NEW lesson plan, to help empower all teachers, parents and pupils to learn about the ocean and climate crisis and the immense impact of collective action!

As the generation who will have to live with the consequences of climate breakdown and ecological disaster, young people have led the way in climate action and protests, sending the message that we are currently losing in the race for our lives.

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The climate crisis is a social crisis
Greta Thunberg
The Big Issue

In an exclusive interview, figurehead of the environmental movement Greta Thunberg tells The Big Issue that despite the panic, the urgency and the scale of the crisis she remains positive

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Hothouse Theatre’s Youth Project Questionnaire
Hothouse Theatre

Hothouse Theatre is in the process of gearing up to returning to face to face activities with young people in Greater Nottingham.

We are keen to ensure that our project responds to the changing needs on the young people and the local communities in the post pandemic world, whatever that holds.

We are therefore asking projects working with young people in the area to complete this simple questionnaire. We will use the results to help design the post pandemic project and to build in opportunities for other projects in the area to get involved. We will also make our findings available for other local project as they negotiate their way through the difficult funding world that we are likely to face.

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Secrets of a tree whisperer: ‘They get along, they listen – they’re attuned’

Suzanne Simard revolutionised the way we think about plants and fungi with the discovery of the woodwide web. The ecologist’s new book shares the wisdom of a life of listening to the forest.

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