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Iran revolution: ‘I wore a hijab and head-banged to Nirvana’

Image copyright Feranak Amidi On my first day of school in Iran we walked down a poorly-lit corridor. I was holding my mother’s hand and crying. She was crying too. On my head I had a black hood, known as a maghnaeh, covering my hair. I was six years old and terrified. This was nothing like my kindergarten in Los Angeles. I was born in the summer of 1979 in California, a few months after Iran’s Islamic Revolution; my mother was in her early 20s and my grandmother was 50.…

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Why Chelsea are still adapting to Sarri as Man City approach footballing nirvana

Three of Chelsea’s six league titles have come in their first season under a new manager, which is a feather in the cap for the club’s HR department and explains why hopes were high this season when they went unbeaten in their first 12 matches. Maurizio Sarri is the first Premier League coach to avoid defeat in his opening dozen matches yet they head into Saturday’s home game with Manchester City 10 points adrift of the reigning champions. Pep Guardiola is attempting to win his ninth league title in his…

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