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Updated May 25, 2023
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Scotland : Highland Clans and the Trail of Tartan
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Crowds clog Edinburgh's Royal Mile, the main artery between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace. The road is dotted with stores selling Nessie trinkets and lined with bagpipers and street performers pulling off dazzling tricks. But look beyond the tartan tourist traps, and you’ll discover tucked-away gardens, remnants of the city’s medieval past, and much more.
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The Mysterious Return of Great Britain's Loneliest Bat
Missing for two years, an elderly greater mouse-eared bat has been the island's only known member of the species for decades.
by Patrick Barkham
Can Welsh Handball Bounce Back From the Brink of Extinction?
The ancient sport of Pêl-Law hangs on, barely, at the last court of its kind. A campaign to revive a related game may help bring it back.
by Ewan Morgan
Vaccination Could Easily Have Been Called 'Equination'
A recently sold letter from medical pioneer Edward Jenner provides some insight as to why.
by Matthew Taub
Why Prehistoric Barrows Are Back in Funerary Fashion
The United Kingdom is experiencing a revival of interest in an ancient burial method.
by Matthew Taub
Remembering the London Refuge for South Asian Nannies Far From Home
Abandoned by their employers after a months-long sea voyage, countless women found shelter here.
by Radhika Iyengar
Podcast: Lynmouth Flood Memorial Hall
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by The Podcast Team