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Scotland: the very best places to visit

Here are some magical 1highlights to include in your itinerary if the recent Trainspotting sequel has inspired you to head north this summer to this welcoming and curiously romantic corner of the world called Scotland.

 

Glen Clova – Peter Pan land

One of the five Angus 2glens, Glen Clova is just beyond Kirriemuir where J.M. Barry, the author of Peter Pan grew up. It also 3lies on the 4edge of the Cairngorms National Park.

 

The 5landscape here has been sculpted by ice and water and feels both wild and pastoral with 6flocks of sheep 7grazing on the hills that are purple with 8heather at this time of year. A river runs through the glen, making it perfect for picnics. It’s also a great place for cycling, fishing and 9hiking with 10 mountains over 914 meters, known in Scotland as Munros.

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Nurturing a passion for science in girls

While not mutually exclusive, the terms ‘1female’ and ‘scientist’ do not often go together. When girls are asked what they want to do when they are older, many talk about marketing, therapy, 2the caring professions or 3journalism. Perhaps a 4lawyer or fashion designer. Thirty years ago, 5it probably didn’t matter that girls generally avoided science and technology. But the labor market of the ‘80s and ‘90s was a very different place from what it is now.

 

“The future of the economy is in STEM,” says James Brown, the executive director of the STEM Education Coalition in Washington, D.C. “That’s where the jobs of tomorrow will be.”

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Ugandan widows struggle to survive

A National Geographic video about the struggle Ugandan women face to maintain their property after their husbands die.

 

 

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 TRANSLATIONS

1Widow: viuda

2To take something from someone: quitar algo a algn.

3To drag: arrastrar

4To threaten: amenazar

5To rape: violar

6To feed: alimentar

7Sorrowful: triste

8AIDS: SIDA

9To hide something from someone (past = hid): ocultar algo a algn

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Melania Trump: a model designers are refusing to dress

1Despite the years I spent writing for Hello! magazine, I was 2never one jot interested in what fashion designers or celebrities like Melania Trump had to say. But when I heard that certain US style gurus such as Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford were refusing ‘to dress’ America’s new First Lady, I 3pricked up my ears.

Melania Trump is beautiful if you like that kind of thing – 4a cross between 1970s sex symbol Raquel Welch and Barbie. Her look is 5‘glamazon’ rather than 6effortless. But there is not much more to say about her. A former Slovenian model, she smiles and 7pouts and smiles some more, without recognizing the irony of being a 8low-skilled immigrant listening to her husband 9rant against low-skilled immigrants.

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Goodbye Blessing

 

When I first 1found out about the children’s home Omwaana Tugende, which 2is run by the Spanish/ Ugandan NGO Adelante Africa, I wasn’t sure what it did and why it was necessary. Had there been a war in the area, I 3wondered. Why were there so many 4orphans? It was all very 5vague and 6far away.

At the time I was working for Hello! magazine and only playing with the idea of 7setting up Nómadas Solidarios. Thankfully, that period of my life came to an end and I had the chance to travel to Uganda and not only see Omwaana Tugende for myself but stay there and meet the children I had wondered about.

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