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Apr 262015
 

The sickly scent of a Spanish interloper is getting stronger and stronger, a conservation charity has warned. While thousands of us enjoy the sight of the violet bloom of the bluebell at this time of year, how many of us realise that increasingly we are falling for a devilish foreign charmer? And it is getting serious, for, according to the charity Plantlife, the invading Spanish bluebell has doubled in numbers in the past 15 years.









Apr 262015
 

When actress Emma Watson made her landmark HeForShe speech entreating men “to take up the mantle” of women’s rights at the United Nations last September, she eclipsed another woman who took the podium earlier that day. A woman who is responsible for defending the rights of more than half the world’s population – but of whom most people have never heard.