Issue 1299

12 Aug 2019
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About this issue: Overview

Nature’s course Our kids spent around 1,000 hours in classrooms in the last academic year and even more interacting with media. Luckily for them, they have a world of natural wonders on their doorsteps in the north of England, from surfing to safaris. Antonia Charlesworth rounds up 20 of the best back-to-nature summer family events and activities for intrepid mini-explorers

Summer walks On these four great walks from Roger Ratcliffe, you’ll get glimpses of the wonders of nature, of course, but also of a route to carry coffins, the history of Sheffield’s flour mills and the making of a classic children’s film.

Fertile ground in Argentina’s shantytowns On the edges of Argentine capital Buenos Aires, where one of the country’s largest slums begins, a community is using renewable energy and the circular economy in an effort to improve quality of life for residents.


News reports on women rescued from slavery in India, Big Issue North’s media partnership with this year’s Manchester Literature Festival and actor Julie Hesmondhalgh’s new charity 500 Acts of Kindness. Columnist Saskia Murphy on the brands celebrating rather than shaming women’s bodies. Secret social worker Lila Halliday’s latest despatch from the care frontline. Crossword, Sudoku and more.