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The Moon and the Sledgehammer: cult film about a Sussex family who hid in a forest

In 1969, Philip Trevelyan filmed the beguilingly strange life of the Page family, who lived off-grid and rode steam engines round their wood. The director talks about how the film changed his life

As pop music blares and cars rush past, the camera lurches into a wood at the road’s edge and, through rustling foliage, reveals a strange scene: giant spanners, a discarded bike and a piano outside a primitive tin-roofed cottage. The bucolic chirp of sparrows is shattered by a gunshot.

From the first moment of the cult documentary, The Moon and the Sledgehammer, we are taken into a disturbing, marginal and strangely marvellous world: the home of the Page family, who live without electricity or running water in a wood in Sussex. It is 1969 and “Oily” Page is a theatrical septuagenarian who lives with four grown-up children in the style of 1869: they’re not hippies who’ve gone off grid, but the last members of an agricultural community driven to extinction by modern machines.

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Guy Le Querrec’s best photograph: flying handbags at a monastery in China

‘I have always been interested in gestures – I was once described as someone who made arms dance’

This photo is an enigma. Even I can’t say for sure what’s happening. I didn’t know what I had taken at the time. It was only afterwards, when I developed the film, that I saw the handbag.

It was April 1984 and I was on assignment in China, which was just opening up to foreigners. I had no particular commission, though: I could shoot whatever I wanted. On this day, I was visiting a monastery at Xindu in the Sichuan province. There was a symbol on the wall that meant “happiness”. The place was full of Chinese tourists and the tradition was to stand 20 metres from the sign, then walk towards it with eyes closed and try to touch the centre of the four raised points.

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Neanderthals built mysterious cave structures 175,000 years ago

Constructions discovered deep in a French cave rank among the earliest human building projects ever discovered, but their purpose remains unclearMysterious structures found deep inside a French cave are the work of Neanderthal builders who lived in the…


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Iona Christian community in ‘serious jeopardy’

Urgent appeal aims to raise £1.5m for building work on remote Hebridean island

A Christian community which attracts pilgrims from around the world to contemplate and pray amid the wild beauty of the Hebridean island of Iona is in “serious jeopardy”.

The Iona Community has launched an urgent appeal to raise £1.5m to redevelop the buildings of St Colomba’s monastery. Without the work, the community could become “unfit for purpose” within a few years.

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On the beach at France’s glamorous ‘Parisian Riviera’

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Swimmers pose for a picture by the official beach photographer.

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The Normandy town of Deauville, with its fresh sea air and pristine beach, became a premier resort destination for the upper class following the construction of a railway from Paris in the 1860s

In addition to villas and mansions, the town boasted casinos, horse races, luxury boutiques, a beachside boardwalk and therapeutic baths

The main attraction, though, was the wide sandy beach, which offered opportunities for sunbathing, donkey rides, aerobics — and roving photographers to capture those moments.

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Thinking Of Not-For-Profit Organizations As Today’s Change Agents

When you think of a not-for-profit organization, “change agent” probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But maybe it should be. Today, more and more not-for-profit organizations are not only making a difference, they are making it by doing t…


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Armed police to launch anti-gun-crime raids across London

‘Operation Viper’ launched in response to recent sharp rise in shootings and will target six boroughs across the capital

Armed police patrols are to target gun crime hotspots across London after a “significant” rise in the number of shootings.

Scotland Yard chiefs believe there are more guns on the streets of the capital, which has fuelled the growth in violence in the past three months.

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5 tenets for building a diverse and inclusive workplace

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This article is part of DBA, a series on Mashable about running a business that features insights from leaders in entrepreneurship, venture capital and management.

Over the last several years, we’ve seen a landslide of companies prioritizing diversity. 

They often, however, leave out the idea of inclusion, which is perhaps the most important aspect of building strong, collaborative teams that pivot upon each member’s strengths.

Unlike focusing on diversity, which is rather straightforward in theory, the concept of inclusivity can be difficult to implement because it takes a tremendous amount of creative thought, effort and execution on behalf of leadership. Creating an inclusive culture ranges from figuring out a process by which employees can freely give input on new products to systematically finding ways for employees from various departments to collaborate. Read more…

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