Blitz Beach
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Blitz Beach

Crosby beach is not your typical seaside experience, instead of sand and shells, this strip of beach is covered in bricks, tiles and the rubble of people’s lives. Liverpool was hit badly in the Blitz, with many parts of the city centre and surrounding housing areas levelled by hundreds of bombs. After the war, a decision…
How I got to work at the UN
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How I got to work at the UN

I have admired the United Nations for a long time. When I was at school I became involved in Model United Nations, an international initiative consisting of debating global issues at events around the world. I attended many conferences over a seven-year period, and with them, my fascination grew for the international and…
Delivering the Durham Dragon
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Delivering the Durham Dragon

[Or: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Em] The beauty of Durham is that, as unassuming as its pastoral beauty may make it appear, it could never be accused of being predictable. Call it what you will – initiative, invention, or simple quirkiness – the ingenuity and originality expressed by the University community has…
Remembering Srebrenica – part 2
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Remembering Srebrenica – part 2

Following our visit to the International Commission for Missing Persons, we headed to Srebrenica (see Remembering Srebrenica part 1). The site of Potoćari (the base of the Dutch peacekeepers during the war) it has been converted into a memorial, a museum and multi-media suite built to commemorate the dead and remember the…
My transformation from UG to PG
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My transformation from UG to PG

The poet T. S. Eliot once noted that he measured out his life in coffee spoons. As a recent graduate, this is a sentiment I can relate to with painful certainty. For three years, I would embark upon a daily schedule of coffee breaks, punctuated with lectures, essay-writing, rowing, and the occasional appearance in Tutor…
My research: watching babies sleep
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My research: watching babies sleep

When I tell people that I spent the last year of my life watching babies sleeping I get some funny looks! However that is exactly what we do in Durham University Parent Infant Sleep Lab. The Sleep Lab, set up by Professor Helen Ball 18 years ago, has been pioneering research into parent-infant sleep behaviour. As one of the only…