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The ubiquity of the modern beep

We’re surrounded by beeps. From reversing vehicles to supermarket checkouts to trains, they punctuate our day. But what’s the story behind them? (the piece which…
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Mods and rockers 50 years on since Clacton ‘invasion’

Fifty years ago, England was invaded. At least, that’s what the headlines claimed. The invaders? Fans of two-wheeled transport. They were the mods and the…
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What do those squiggles on the pavement actually mean?

Look down at British roads and pavements and there’s often a slew of squiggles, dots and arrows, painted in a plethora of hues. But what…
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People always say the same thing about tattoos

News just in – tattooing is no longer the preserve of bikers, sailors and convicts. More than that, celebrities are getting tattoos. And women too.…
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Shoes, tattoos and female bodybuilding

Behind the scenes I've been having fun meeting some of the nation's more unusual academics. It was an idea born when I heard about a…