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Death of Nelson Mandela 9/12

South Africa's first black president and enduring anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. 

The news was announced by the current president, Jacob Zuma last Thursday.  Mandela will be laid to rest at his ancestral village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape on 15 December.  The funeral will follow a week of national mourning, which includes an open-air memorial service at Johannesburg's Soccer City stadium.

Central African Republic crisis 2/12

France and the Congo Republic have deployed reinforcement troops in the Central African Republic (CAR) in a bid to restore order eight months after a rebel takeover. Humanitarian agencies including Amnesty International are calling for a UN peacekeeping mission due to fears the whole region is on the brink of genocide.
Central African Republic: a "forgotten" crisis returns to the fore

Politics and language

Language is a critical tool in politics. Used effectively it can convince, gain power and get results, but when it fails it can have disastrous results.

The simple issues and choices behind many political debates can easily be obscured by politicians and commentators keen to present one side of the story. We've just published a new Life Squared paper that explores the different ways that politicians (in fact, anyone) can present the same situation in order to promote their own viewpoint, or convince you of it.

Behind the Headlines - Kenya Mall Siege

A siege at Kenya's largest shopping mall in Nairobi by Al Qaeda-linked terror group al-Shabab appears to be finally over. Dozens of shoppers were killed and more than 170 injured.

We're back!

Well, the Life Squared site is finally back up and re-developed and we really hope you like our new look. 

We wanted to make the site easier to use and navigate, and we hope this does the job!  The new site includes the familiar content from the old site plus some new ideas like the blog and a much improved search function, so you can find the information you want quickly and easily.

We'd love to hear what you think of the new site - do get in touch and let us know by emailing

Don't focus on David

It has been said that Michaelangelo, when asked about the technique he used to produce exquisite sculptures like his famous 'David', replied:

"Don't focus on David. Focus on everything else that isn't David and chisel it away."

Perhaps we could apply this to our lives too. We may not know exactly what we want from our lives, but if we chisel away and remove the distractions and negative things that we know we don't want and are stopping us from living well, then we're likely to find ourselves a lot closer to the life we want.


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