British Library adds Poet Laureate Ted Hughes to a dossier linking him to slavery and colonialism 

The former Poet Laureate, who came from humble origins in Yorkshire, was found to be a descendant of Nicholas Ferrar who was involved in the slave trade some 300 years before Hughes was born.
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I’m planning a summer of post-vaccine hedonism... and the shame of Spotify Wrapped
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Smoking banned inside apartments in San Francisco — unless it’s cannabis
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