Taking his own path: The world’s leading maze designer – BBC News

And there seems to be no job too small, or too outlandish, as his work ranges from tiny finger mazes that you can trace with a single digit, to an entire side of the 210m (689ft) tall Al Rostamani Maze Tower that was completed in Dubai in 2011. But how do you ever become a maze designer? For Mr Fisher it was a lucky turn in the maze we all walk through in life. Image copyright Adrian Fischer Image caption He designs everything from finger mazes to giant cornfield mazes Over the past decade he says that modern technology and…

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Blockchains are the new Linux, not the new Internet

Cryptocurrencies are booming beyond belief. Bitcoin is up sevenfold, to $2,500, in the last year. Three weeks ago the redoubtable Vinay Gupta, who led Ethereums initial release, published an essay entitled What Does Ether At $100 Mean? Since then it has doubled. Too many altcoins to name have skyrocketed in value along with the Big Two. ICOs are raking in money hand over fist over bicep. What the hell is going on? (eta: in the whopping 48 hours since I first wrote that, those prices have tumbled considerably, but are still way, way up for the year.) A certain seductive…

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The boss who lives as a medieval knight – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe boss in shining armour. By video journalist Greg Brosnan Jason Kingsley seems far too relaxed about the fatal dangers inherent in his daredevil hobby. “There have been some deaths in jousting,” he says. “But it is usually through inexperience, the wrong safety equipment, and a lot of bad luck combined.” Putting on an exact replica of a medieval suit of armour, the 53-year-old jousts a dozen or so weekends every year. Holding a 12ft (3.7m) long steel-tipped wooden lance in front of him, he rides a stallion full pelt towards another…

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The hospital errors leaving new parents devastated – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘Our baby son died due to NHS error’ More than 1,400 mistakes are being recorded by maternity staff in hospitals in England each week on average. For some families, those errors can have life-changing consequences. “Every single day we have to live with the fact that we’re a victim of the NHS,” Adam Asquith tells the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme. Adam and his fiancee, Sarah Ellis, were expecting their first child in 2014. “When I first fell pregnant, everything was amazing. We were over the Moon,” Sarah says. When she went into…

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Reform ‘high stakes’ primary tests, MPs urge – BBC News

But the committee says the close link between the tests at 11 and school accountability can “lead to a narrowing of the curriculum and ‘teaching to the test’, as well as affecting teacher and pupil well-being”. It wants the current system scrapped, with three-year rolling averages for schools published instead of the results of individual year groups. ‘Held to account’ The report also calls for greater emphasis in Ofsted inspections on a broad and balanced curriculum. Committee chairman Neil Carmichael said too much emphasis on test results had led to too much “focus on English and maths at the expense…

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Rihanna And Lupita Nyong’o Say They’ll Make The Movie Twitter Made Up

Over the weekend, a 2014 photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyongo sitting next to each other at Paris Fashion Week went viral after user @blaquepink shared it with the caption, a picture for the history books. Twitter user @1800SADGALresponded and laid the groundwork for the movie you never knew you absolutely needed in life. From there, the idea spiraled, with more Twitter users adding to the plot, Hollywood insiders chiming in, and a vote of confidence from the stars themselves. So maybe this is actually happening?! Oh, please. h/t Buzzfeed Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rihanna-lupita-nyongo-fake-twitter-movie_us_58fd57d9e4b06b9cb917c6e6

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Nina Simone and me: An artist and activist revisited

(CNN)I was surfing online when I stumbled upon a mural in Baltimore painted by artist Ernest Shaw. It’s a three-headed portrait of civil rights icons: James Baldwin, Malcolm X and, of course, Nina Simone. Even within the boundaries of my computer screen, the painting on the side of a building at 401 Lafayette Street was powerful. Curious that the artist had chosen Simone as part of the trifecta, I dialed Shaw, a 41-year-old teacher at the Maryland Academy of Technology & Health Sciences. He’s taught kids at Baltimore city schools for 14 years and is keen to mentor inner-city youth…

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From Syria to Black Lives Matter: 3 ways WWI still shapes America

(CNN)He stood 5-foot-4 and weighed 130 pounds. An angular, baby-smooth face made him look even less intimidating. Henry Johnson was at first just another railroad porter who toted luggage and smiled for tips. Johnson was a US sergeant standing sentry one night in a French forest when a German raiding party attacked. The swarming Germans shot Johnson in his lip, head and side. Yet Johnson kept shooting back. When his rifle jammed, he grabbed it by the barrel and clubbed more Germans. Then he used the bolo knife to stab and disembowel another enemy soldier. He kept throwing grenades until…

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The Ken wants to fix business journalism in India with a subscription model

Four formerreporters and entrepreneurs are attempting to fix Indias broken business media landscape and simultaneously prove that theres an audience and business for paying for quality journalism in the country. Subscription-based media is thriving in the West. The New York Times has seen its digital subscription base swell following the election of President Trump. In tech, The Information, founded by a former Wall Street Journal editor, has thrived with a mix of trend-based reporting and news scoops, while Stratechery, an analysis-focused newsletter/blog from Taiwan-based writer Ben Thompson, has also shown the model to be lucrative. Butthis is India, a country…

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Photo of Hillary Clinton reading news Pence used AOL email goes viral

Photo shows the former presidential candidate reading an article about the vice-president using private email to discuss sensitive matters as Indiana governor A photograph of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looking at a newspaper headline about vice-president Mike Pence dropped. Despite reports that other government figures including Obama administration defense secretary Colin Powell had used private email while in office, the state departments internal watchdog said Clinton had broken department rules. The extremely careless, the bureau found no criminal charges were warranted. After the election, Clinton wrote to Congress 11 days before the election, to say new emails had been…

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