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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

50 Inspirational Quotes for Teachers

This is a collection of inspirational quotes for teachers and for those who are students of life.
Words of wisdom...Points to Ponder...Inspirational Quotes...we all need it every now and then. Including teachers, especially teachers who serve the needs of students.  Well, these inspirational quotes sometimes leap out of the page from a newspaper, or a book or calendar, or emails or even text messages in our cell phones. At certain times, they are just exactly what we need to hear; or they may just be the push that can change our lives by making us see a different perspective to things.
As a person managing a preschool, I have come to see the work of a teacher inside and out.  And I know that it takes a lot of heart and mind to do the stuff teachers do.  They have to be okay inside because who they are is what they give.  This collection of inspirational quotes thereby addresses different aspects to teaching - may it be how a teacher perceives education, the learning style or students, fostering their natural curiosity or how a teacher should take care and nourish oneself.  Enjoy these collection of inspirational quotes for teachers.
I honor you teachers all over the world. Keep on sharing your light.
"Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own." -- Nikos Kazantzakis
"Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers." -- Richard Bach
"A teacher who can arouse a feeling for one single good action, for one single good poem, accomplishes more than he who fills our memory with rows and rows of natural objects, classified with name and form." -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
"Thought flows in terms of stories -- stories about events, stories about people, and stories about intentions and achievements. The best teachers are the best storytellers. We learn in the form of stories." -- Frank Smith
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of becoming." -- Goethe
"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement, nothing can be done without hope and confidence." -- Helen Keller
"Once children learn how to learn, nothing is going to narrow their mind. The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another." -- Marva Collins
"In education it isn't how much you have committed to memory or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't. It's knowing where to go to find out what you need to know and it's knowing how to use the information you get." --William Feather
"A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron." -- Horace Mann
"They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel." - Carol Buchner
"I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles." -- Christopher Reeve
"Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny." -- Frank Outlaw
"If a seed of a lettuce will not grow, we do not blame the lettuce. Instead, the fault lies with us for not having nourished the seed properly." - Buddhist proverb
"The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others."-- Tyron Edwards
"Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers."--Josef Albers
John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength of the nation." -- John F. Kennedy
"Your role as a leader is even more important than you might imagine. You have the power to help people become winners." --Ken Blanchard
"If you want to live more, you must master the art of appreciating the little everyday blessings of life. This is not altogether a golden world but there are countless gleams of gold to be discovered in it." --Henry Alfred Porter
"Don't limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve." -- Mary Kay Ash
"One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done." -- Marie Curie
"Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three." --Confucius
"Life is no brief candle for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations." -- George Bernard Shaw
"No matter how he may think himself accomplished, when he sets out to learn a new language, science or the bicycle, he has entered a new realm as truly as if he were a child newly born into the world." -- Frances Willard
"We should not teach children the sciences but give them a taste for them." -- Jean Jacques Rousseau
"Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants." -- John Gardner
"The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind." -- Kahlil Gibran
"A very wise old teacher once said: "I consider a day's teaching wasted if we do not all have one hearty laugh." He meant that when people laugh together, they cease to be young and old, master and pupils, jailer and prisoners. They become a single group of human beings enjoying its existence." -- Gilbert Highet
"To ensure that your work is also a play, I recommend that you develop a personal mission statement. This will help you find what it is to enjoy so much that you lose track of time when you're doing it." -- Ken Blanchard
"Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered. It is something molded." -- Antoine De Saint-Exupery
"It is not what is poured into a student that counts but what is planted." -Linda Conway
"The greatest sign of a success for a teacher...is to be able to say, "The children are now working as if I did not exist." -- Maria Montessori
"There is in every child a painstaking teacher so skillful that he obtains identical results in all children in all parts of the world. The only language men ever speak perfectly is the one they learn in babyhood, when no one teaches them anything." --Maria Montessori
"We learn by example and by direct experience because there are real limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction." -- Malcom Gladwell
"You must train the children to their studies in a playful manner and without any air of constraint with the further object of discerning more readily the natural bent of their respective characters." -- Plato
"Worry a little bit every day and in a lifetime you will lose a couple of years. If something is wrong, fix it if you can. But train yourself not to worry. Worry never fixes anything." -- Mary Hemingway

"As you begin changing your thinking, start immediately to change your behavior. Begin to act the part of the person you would like to become. Take action on your behavior. Too many people want to feel, then take action. This never works." -- John C. Maxwell
"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire." --William Butler Yeats
"If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, the excitement, and the mystery of the world we live in." --Rachel Carlson
"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theatre." -- Gail Goldwin
"No one but us ourselves-no one can and no one way. We ourselves must walk the path, teachers merely show the way." -- Nancy Wilson Ross
"There are two kinds of people; those who do the work and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there." -- Indira Gandhi
"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." -- Carl Jung
"Every time you wake up and ask yourself, "What good things am I going to do today?," remember that when the sun goes down at sunset, it takes a part of your life with it." --Indian proverb
"Education would be much more effective if its purpose was to ensure that by the time they leave school every boy and girl should know how much they do not know and be imbued with a lifelong desire to know it." -- William Haley
"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
"Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired." -- Mother Theresa
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -- Benjamin Franklin
"I challenge you to make your life like a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk."-- Anthony Robbins
"A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank...but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child." -- Forest Witcraft
Keep sharing your light.
--Michelle Simtoco
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Banksy Graffiti in Palestine

Banksy, a quasi anonymous graffiti artist from Bristol England, has been making a name for himself on the British and international circuit. Some view his artwork merely as graffiti while others consider his work to be a comment on present-day society, politics, and life in general. Banksy graffiti in Palestine is the latest addition to his ever expanding global presence, and what a perfect place to make statements about political strife via urban work.

Israeli West Bank Wall

Since Israel became a nation, a constant state of unrest or even armed conflict has become the norm between Israel and Palestine. What better place could Banksy choose to offer societal and political statements than on one of the most famous walls in the world, the Palestinian Wall, more commonly called the Israeli West Bank Barrier? This wall serves as a political symbol and functions to separate the two conflicting opponents. Some Israelis claim that the wall gives protection against possible terrorism from Palestine, but even more see the wall as a separation between two cultures and religions. After a disagreement in 2002, Israel began construction of what will one day be a 430-mile long wall. Ninety percent of the wall consists of fence work and trenches, while the other 10 percent is concrete. The concrete portion of the wall on the Palestinian side is where Banksy chose to make his artistic statement.

Banksy Israeli Wall Art Work

In typical graffiti fashion, the work was discovered by passersby after the famous artist has left the scene. Bansky used the wall to paint his sometimes subversive artwork in 2005. The Palestinian art collection, a total of 9 pieces, was cataloged before counter graffiti artists began painting over the work. This made it difficult to account for all nine pieces by name and date of completion. Some of the paintings were never given official names but are merely described by the art content itself. Some want to include additional paintings on nearby Palestinian and Israeli walls and buildings as part ofBanksy's Palestinian work. Whether there are simply nine or more, all serve the point of bringing notice to the often less than popular wall and its plight.

1) Armored Dove of Peace: 
Although located on a building in Bethlehem, this piece of work is often included as part of the nine. This piece of urban art is accredited to Banksy and perhaps several other street artists. The dove, complete with an armored vest and bull's-eye heart target, makes a tongue-in-cheek comment about peace. What better way to display a political comment about the unstable peace in the area than to depict the bearer of peace"the dove"in a precarious situation?

2) West Bank Guard:
 An innocent child is used to display the tension in the region. In this painting, a little girl, complete with pigtails, depicts the innocence of children everywhere, caught in the middle of strife and political discord. What makes this piece interesting is the willingness of the guard to submit to a search by the tyke. Perhaps he himself is making a statement about the innocence of children on both sides of the barrier.

3) Window on the West Bank:
 Banksy's art is mostly black-and-white stencil paintings. However, occasionally, he ventures out of his safe monochrome world to paint in colors, especially to make a bold statement. This piece of urban art depicts two comfy chairs, each beside a colorful window, displaying a beautiful mountain vacation scenery. The statement in this picture is pretty clear. Who would want to vacation in a war-torn region such as the West Bank area?

4) Unwelcome Intervention:
 This picture gives hope to what could be. Two boys are playing in what appears to be a beach area, complete with sand pail, all in the classic monochrome black and white, while on the other side a paradise awaits in colorful blues and palm trees. One can only hope that something better awaits on the other side.

5) Escapism: This graffiti masterpiece depicts a young lad with chalk in hand. The only means of escape from one side of the wall to the other that he could envision was his chalk-drawn ladder leading to the top. The lad is complete with a smile, perhaps not realizing the political statement that his ladder makes.

6) Balloon Debate: Painted totally in black, as if a silhouette or shadow, Balloon Debate shows a young girl, hoping for the other side but only able to do so by letting balloons take her away. Again, Banksy uses a child to depict innocence against the true hostility of the area and what the wall came from.

7) Cut It Out:
 This is the simplest of all of Banksy's wall creations. A dotted line, as would appear on the back of a box, with scissors inserted for directions, begs those walking by to merely cut a piece out of the wall. If solving centuries-old issues was as simple as "cutting it out."

8) Art Attack: Art Attack provides a hint of what could be. A hole in the wall has been created, and on the other side is a boy, complete with his sand pail, merely waiting to play in the sand. This is one of the remaining pieces, and other artists have added both their artwork and comments along with Banksy's work.

9) Stable Conditions: 
Residents often complain that the wall not only cuts them off from the other side but that everyday activities such as getting to farms and livestock become difficult. Farmers only hope that they find a break in the wall or that a guard shows pity and allows them to pass. This horse seems to be stuck also. All that is visible is his head through one small square and his feet through the other. Even Banksy's horse is trapped by the Israeli West Bank Wall.

Reaction to the Work

Many on the West Bank became upset and a little less than comfortable when Banksy's urban street art began appearing. Banksy graffiti in Palestine is seen as an intrusion by many, with one local even saying the work is pretty and the wall was not a pretty thing, so remove the art. Thus some have claimed that the art was merely art and should not be painted over, while others saw the graffiti as politically laced. The latter is probably true, as a majority of Banky's art makes a statement about society or creates a political conversation. Many Palestinian citizens viewed the wall as in incursion on their freedoms and further notification of the friction between Israel and the people in Palestine, and thus felt that the artwork only enhanced this feeling.

However, many note that the incident of suicide bombings and violent episodes have decreased since the summer of 2002, when the work began appearing on the wall. No one can know for sure if Banky's art can be accredited with the reduction in violence, but one can only hope. In the meantime, rest assured that Banksy's art will continue to pop up in unexpected areas, making bold political statements that might not be embraced with open arms by all.

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

10 things you didn’t know about Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

July 2, 2014

He’s the self-declared Caliph of the new Islamic State stretching across Iraq and Syria, and a man who even Al Qaeda think is “a bit much”.
But what else do we know about the former ISIS front man?

1 – Began at ISIS as an 18-year-old intern in 1989 and worked his way up to become its youngest CEO at just 38.

2 – Married his childhood sweetheart Zoe in 1991. Together they have three children, Jack, four, and twins Lucy and Abu Jnr, two.

3 – Holds an International MBA from Tel Aviv University, where he was vice-captain of the debating society and wrote for the student newspaper.

4 – Was an early investor in social media platform Twitter and is believed to have made almost $11 million when the company went public in 2012.

5 – Claimed responsibility for an attack in Northern Iraq in 2011 that killed 19 policemen, but later said he had just been joking and it wasn’t actually him at all.

6 – Is described as being a direct descendent of the Prophet Muhammad, but is a far closer direct descendant of his parents, Michael and Janice al-Baghdadi, who run a dry cleaning business in Samarra.

7 – Despite imposing a strict interpretation of Sharia law across his captured territories, Amr keeps things very relaxed in his own home, where he has installed a cinema screen, bar and Jacuzzi for ISIS soldiers to chill out after a big fight.

8 – On top of being the first Caliph since the Ottoman Empire, Abu was the first among his classmates to go to second base with a girl, believed to be Tracy Bingham at an under-18s disco in Baghdad in 1986.

9 – Has said he hopes to expand his Islamic State’s borders beyond Iraq and Syria and into the Gulf, Jordan, Palestine, Turkey and the Spanish island of Ibiza.

10 – Abu fell out with Al Qaeda boss Ayman Al-Zawahiri earlier this year after describing the global terror network as being “a big bunch of woofters” in one of his podcasts.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

How to Keep Your Laptop Cool

by Julia Layton    
Laptop Image Gallery
Keeping your laptop cool protects your hard drive -- and your lap -- from getting burned.
Images courtesy of TSA
Overheating laptops have gotten a lot of press over the last few years. The problem first gained popular attention around 2006, when reports of laptops actually catching fire started trickling in around the globe. The problem there was faulty batteries, and companies like Dell, Sony and Acer had to initiate major recalls.
The general issue of hot laptops is separate from those bad batteries, but laptop "explosions" certainly brought attention to the basic cause: Scorching heat is a bad trait for something that sits on your lap. People have actually gotten burned [source: BBC]. Short of that, hard drives are damaged by excessive heat.
But if the problem isn't a bad battery, what's making these laptops so hot?
You've probably noticed that all of your electronics get hot when they run for a while -- try putting your hand on the DVD player after you play a movie. Electronic components generate heat when they're working, and your laptop is no different.
In this article, we'll find out why laptops get so hot and see what you can do -- in terms of both maintenance and add-ons -- to keep yours cool. You don't even have to spend any money to do it.
There are two major reasons why laptops have more of an overheating problem than desktops. First, since laptops are smaller than desktops, those electronic components are crammed in there more tightly. Since they're closer together, and since the casing of a laptop is so narrow, there's not much room for the heat to dissipate.
The other issue is power. As laptops get more powerful processors, and as operating systems require more of that processing power to run, more heat is being generated inside the case.
Of course, laptop manufacturers know about this, and there's lot of stuff inside the unit that's supposed to remove this heat. Fans, heat sinks and air vents all work to cool down a laptop while it's running. Sometimes, though, it's just not enough. Overheating can happen when a fan isn't working properly or there's some other malfunction. But sometimes, it's more the user's fault than the machine's.
So before we go discuss an external cooling setup, let's find out how we can help our laptops stay cool on their own.

Laptop Cooling Accessories: Stuff You Can Add On

Even if your laptop's cooling system is working as efficiently as possible, you can still do more. The strange fact is, when you use a laptop on your lap, you're just asking for it to overheat. Any soft surface impedes airflow into and out of the cooling vents. It also can cause heat to get caught underneath the unit. This is how people's laps get burnt.
However, heat buildup can even happen when the laptop sits directly on a desk.
There are a few different approaches to avoiding this type of heat trap. One is the laptop stand, which puts some distance between the bottom of the laptop and the surface you're using it on. It basically creates a space where heat can dissipate. A stand is usually some type of flat, thin surface with short legs, and you can lay it across your lap or on a desk. With an inch or two of air underneath the laptop, heat can escape easily, and airflow through the vents is totally open.
Sometimes, a stand might be made of a special material like aluminum that acts as a heat sink. This device would actively draw heat out of the laptop to further aid in cooling.
Another way to go is a laptop pad or mat. In this approach, like with the aluminum heat sink, you're putting the device on an actively heat-managing surface. This might mean an insulating mat that traps the heat coming out of the laptop to protect your lap. It could also mean a thick pad with fans built in to actively draw out and dissipate heat.
While you can buy one of these cooling tools in any electronics store or from dozens of retailers online, you might have something in your home right now you can use. A little slatted camping table can work as a laptop stand. So can a large baking rack (that you use to cool cookies on).
One thing to remember is that the heat characteristics of your laptop are always changing, depending on age, environment and power usage. So even if you get yourself the perfect cooling setup, you might want to install some sort of heat-monitoring software. It'll help you be more aware of your laptop's fluctuating temperatures and learn how different situations can increase the heat.
For more information on laptop cooling tools, laptop maintenance and related products, look over the links on the next page.

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

These Maps Show Every Country’s Most Valuable Exports

Ever wonder what exports ultimately bring in the most money around the world? For many countries, it’s obviously oil, but for others, commodities ranging from soybeans to opium to diamonds bring in the most cash.
To visualize this information, GlobalPost gathered data from the CIA Factbook to determine each nation’s highest valued export, and then created a series of maps.
See the results broken down by region:
EuropeAsiaAfricaMiddle east & Central asiaSouth AmericanNorth America
CORRECTION: This map incorrectly identifies Mexico’s most valuable export. It is manufactured goods.

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

2people1life: For 66th wedding ceremony, UK couple choose Karachi

2people1life dot com

 Photo by: Ayesha Mir
Published: May 28, 2014
Alex and Lisa, a UK-based couple, celebrated their 66th wedding ceremony at a house in Karachi on Monday evening. With marigolds, roses and mithai, the couple enjoyed a thoroughly traditional ceremony. PHOTOS: AYESHA MIR/EXPRESS
If this adventurous couple from the UK wanted a Pakistani wedding, they surely got one — complete with late arrivals, rickshaws, dhol walas and, of course, gunshots.
Alex and Lisa were in Karachi this weekend to have their 66th wedding ceremony. The idea to have a wedding in Pakistan’s port city came about purely by chance. The couple entered the country on their way to India, after having a ceremony in Iran. As they were driving their trusted camper van, Peggy, through Nushki district in Balochistan, its axle broke and they were stranded.
The couple had to stay in Quetta for nearly a week to wait for the car parts to arrive from the United States. They decided it was a great opportunity to give a shout out to Karachi and have a traditional Pakistani wedding.
On Monday evening, the lawns of a house on Khayaban-e-Muhafiz in DHA were decorated with roses and marigolds, and a traditional swing for the happy couple. After spending nearly five hours at a beauty salon, a flustered Lisa arrived at the venue. “I feel like a shadow of my former self,” she said. Even Alex admitted he hardly recognised her when she came.
As the couple posed for the photo shoot, they recalled the adventures they’ve been on so far. “I remember the James Bond wedding most vividly,” said Lisa, referring to a Hollywood-style wedding they had in the US. “I think the Zulu wedding in South Africa was my most memorable one so far,” said Alex.
After they started their wedding adventure in Canada in 2011, the couple made its way through 52 countries and 66 wedding ceremonies towards their final destination, Australia, and all this, to find the perfect wedding spot. “We wanted to experience each culture before we wrote about their wedding traditions,” said Lisa. Once in Australia, the couple will choose their favourite spot, fly back to it with their family, and the friends they are making along the way, and have their first legal marriage, added Alex.
Before their adventure started, Alex and Lisa had a grand garage sale in which they sold pretty much everything they owned and collected enough money to get the journey started. “We initially planned to be on the road for around two years,” said Lisa. “But, we will be finishing our third year very soon now.”
It is the couple’s unique idea that has made people help out and become a part of their story. “We wanted the happy couple to experience Pakistan before they head over to India,” explained Marium Abbas, the head of iPlan. Her team at iPlan arranged everything from the couple’s stay at Beach Luxury hotel, visit to Port Grand, dinner at Kolachi and their Pakistani wedding. “We sent out an email to all designers, makeup artists and photographers to become a part of this event,” said Abbas. “We were lucky that Portia lent us the clothes, Tanzeela’s agreed to do Lisa’s makeup and OShoot offered to photograph.”
Mutahir Mahmood of OShoot Photography admitted he found the couple’s story hard to believe. It was a few Google searches later that he learned about them and decided to get on board. “They have a great story and if I can help be a part of that story then that’s great,” he said.
Like any other Karachi wedding, the few guests who came arrived long after 10pm. Alex made a grand entrance in a rickshaw, with one enthusiastic security guard dancing his heart out in front of the procession. Lisa followed a few minutes later, walking slowly under a red dupatta. Disappointed that there was no dancing in the bride’s procession, the enthusiastic guard gleefully fired two shots in the air.
Once the two had settled down, the guests performed the mehndi rituals, which were followed by a dance performance by 17-year-old Ibbad Ali Shah, a teacher at ActOne dancing studio. “This is very exciting, the local music is full of energy,” exclaimed Alex as loud music played from the speakers. The festivities lasted well after midnight. The happy couple flew back to Quetta on Tuesday morning, from where they will be driving Peggy down to Multan and then up towards Lahore and Islamabad. You can follow the couple on their journey on 2people1life.com

Published in The Express Tribune, May 28th, 2014

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Heatherwick Studio- Blue Carpet

Image: Mark Pinder.

'Consisting of blue glass from recycled Harvey's Bristol Cream bottles set in white resin'
Blue Carpet by Heatherwick Studio won the design competition in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK for the city's first new public square. Before the launching of Blue Carpet 2002, the long narrow site was more of a disused road than a square although it is close to the city's busy inner ring road while surrounded by different types of buildings. After 2002, number of visitors for Laing Gallery in the square has increased by 57%.

The design:

'The space was unified with a single surface using tiles, developed for the project over four years, consisting of blue glass from recycled Harvey's Bristol Cream bottles set in white resin. The surface articulates around trees and distorts as it meets buildings, and is perforated around bollards and peeled back to form benches. The square's trees, imported from Germany and Holland, were the largest ever imported and transplanted in this country.
The studio also designed a new staircase into the square, a spiral of laminated wood fabricated in situ by a firm of traditional Tyneside boat-builders.'
- Heatherwick Studio.

Blue Carpet went on to win a D&AD silver award and The Worshipful Company of Paviours' annual prize.
Image: Mark Pinder.

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