Annalisa Barbieri

Aside from The Independent, Annalisa Barbieri writes for the Economist's Intelligent Life magazine, and the New Statesman. A former contributing editor of the Independent on Sunday and fishing correspondent of the Independent, she is also patron of Rights of Women

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Right Reverend Justin Welby will demand that legislation is redrafted to shame banks into lending more money to poorer regions.

What makes a good parent? It's not discipline, or striving for respect (or fear). Above all else, it's trust

Most parenting literature can be ignored. But parents everywhere will tell you that if you trust yourself enough to trust your child, the job becomes so much easier

So you're good at exams. So what?

Michael Gove seems to care little for what education means in the widest sense

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It may not affect you. But nobody plans to become a victim of abuse

Annalisa Barbieri: A child will learn nothing from being hit

All smacking shows is that you've lost control when control is the very thing you want to teach

Daft licences to kill thrill of sea fishing

Do you ever get a really good idea in the middle of the night? You wake up and you think "God, that's genius". Perhaps you even write it down, so afraid might you be of not remembering this Nobel prize-winning idea in the morning. I've had many: they've all been revealed as surreal and hopeless come dawn, but in the dead of night they seemed incredibly clever and "world problem solving".

An assassin's mind needed to catch little brown trout

The plym is a deceptive little river. It starts 450 metres above sea level, high on Dartmoor in south-west England. Thirty kilometres later it enters the sea at Plymouth Sound, near the ugly old city of Plymouth (sorry Plymothians).

There's a catch to a day out with dad

Ever since I started fishing I'd wanted to go fishing with my father. This has everything to do with the fact that he is Italian and has no sons, and I am the youngest (i.e. the last chance, as I've always seen it, for him to have had a boy).

Mayday for mayflies, manna from heaven

'For miles, the surface of the river was white with mayflies as they hung over it on gauzy wings'

Speed casting is for water babies

It felt good to cast again. The last time I'd fished I had been eight months pregnant, now I was a mother. Everything had changed. But at the water's edge, nothing had. My fishing vest, my rod, my Hardy reel, they were all waiting for me like the most understanding of friends.

Animal rights and the wrong prey

So this week some animal rights group has posted the names, addresses and telephone numbers of various celebrities who fish or hunt. Inciting their members to, no doubt, do something really big and intelligent like starting a conversation that puts their point of view across in a calm, considered manner.

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