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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

What does the term ‘racial discrimination’ mean? It means to treat a person differently based on race rather than capability. In most countries, this is considered against the law.

Little wooden armies

Chess is always said to come from somewhere else. Chess has a number of ancestors but its place and date of birth are still a mystery. India, China, Persia, Greece? Nobody knows.

Mobile phones

When Scotsman Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876, it was a revolution. Over the last two decades a new means of spoken communication has emerged: the mobile phone.

Motorcycles

First motorcycles are like first loves; you never forget them. My first motorbike was a blue 175cc BSA Bantam and I fell in love at first sight.

New Zealand: two islands where old meets new

Tucked away in the Pacific Ocean, here the sun seems to slip more slowly across the sky, perhaps thanks to Maui, a legendary Maori demi-god, whose magic fishing net caught the sun.

Papua New Guinea

Why New Guinea? The first Europeans to arrive in the 16th century thought the country resembled Guinea in West Africa. Why Papua? The word comes from Malay and means ‘fuzzy-haired’.

Parts of the body

There are 50 trillion cells in the human body, 206 bones, and 32 teeth. There is also at least one part of the body for every letter of the English alphabet. Can you guess what these 25 definitions are?

Philosophy

The two Greek words – “philo”, which means love and “sophia”, which means wisdom are the beginnings of the word we use today; Philosophy, the love of wisdom.

Refugees

A refugee, defined by the United Nations, is a person who is unable to return to their country because of a well-founded fear of persecution based on their race, caste, religion, nationality, or political opinion.

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