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The asylum seekers, migrants and refugees in search of legitimacy

This is the scene. A BBC crew arrives at a Red Cross refugee drop-in centre with a large camera and a long furry microphone. Is…
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In the footsteps of Corrie McKeague

The last known images of Corrie Mckeague alive are grainy, monochrome pictures captured by a town centre CCTV system. The 23-year-old airman had been for…
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Copenhagen: Four scenes of flatness

A Yorkshireman, I am most at home on and in the hills. If you are not walking upwards or downwards in West Yorkshire, chances are…
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Teaching bans: Gathering the numbers

Months ago, I sent a Freedom of Information request to the Department for Education asking for details of all teachers banned in the past five…
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The once homeless father who got a new home

It’s easy to take things for granted. I met a father-of-two a few weeks back whose relationship break up had left him homeless. Lee Mobley,…
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Meeting the Historical Re-enactors

It turns out the world of historical re-enactment is far from a monolith of collectively-interested hobbyists. Re-enactment has its own sub-cultures, sea-shelves and side-streets. For…
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Places: Porto

Fresh back from Porto, Portugal. The city, full of heave and attitude, where the stunning and decrepit sit side by side, is a compact pumping…
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Crunching Data: The School Holiday Fines

A couple of weeks ago my piece of work on school holiday and truancy penalties was broadcast across telly, the wireless and t’internet. The online…
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Curious Places: The derelict Tudor fort

If only every assignment went like this: Hey Laurence, could you do a picture feature on an abandoned fort out on the Essex coast? Alas,…
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Leaf frozen into a leaf

I was very pleased to have spotted these leaves ossified by frost. It took me a couple of seconds to see beyond their sumptuous autumnal…