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Letter: Voices of England

Sir: The "new wave" of English traditional music is timely ("Now that's what I call trad music", 17 December). It helps to illustrate the diversity of England's cultural and political history. Our city streets are littered with statues of monarchs and generals, as if it is these people who define our country. The songs that are being revived and reinterpreted remind us that the Levellers, Thomas Paine and the Chartists were also voices of England. We must not allow politicians to perpetuate the idea that England is all about "the forces of conservatism".

The Knack: How To Survive Winter Streets By Adrian Bradley

YOU HAVE to be organised or you're going to get into problems. Get some good kit, especially sleeping bags. I always have two for the winter, so being cold isn't a problem at night - although it is when you've got nowhere to go.

The Knack: How to censor a film

BY ROBIN DUVAL, THE MAN WHO CUT `FIGHT CLUB'

The Knack; How To Social Climb, by Liz Brewer, Publicist to the Rich and Famous

IT'S NO good thinking that, because you've just won the lottery or made a lot of money by fleecing someone, you will get invited to grand dinner parties. You need to have done something that elevates you to being a person that people would like to know. You have to offer something - there's no point in getting invitations to society events unless you've got something to talk about and to contribute, otherwise you'll just feel totally out of place, very uncomfortable and wish you were down the pub.

The Knack: How To Survive The Summer Holidays

DURING THE summer holidays you are suddenly in your children's world. They have a routine which suits them, so don't expect them to completely change that just because you've suddenly turned up. Accept that your children have a life of their own and respect this. We parents often put an awful lot of pressure on ourselves because we have expectations that possibly our children don't have - ie that we should be doing something with them all the time because that's what they will expect of us. But it might be that our kids have arranged to go and play with their friends and want to do their own thing. If you are like a bull at a gate and try and muscle in on your kids' activities, then you can suffer exactly the same kind of rejection that one of their friends might suffer in similar circumstances. Wait to be invited to join in.

The Knack: How to Conduct an Orchestra by Jan Latham-Koenig

CONDUCTING IS the loneliest profession in the world. Although you are working with 100 people, you create a barrier which needs to be maintained at all times if you are not to compromise your authority.

Thursday Book: Theatre's glass closet

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Books: Notes from a Big Country, Bill Bryson

Notes from a Big Country, Bill Bryson (pounds 16.99, Doubleday)

The Knack How to chant, by Indra Adnan

"You can chant anywhere. Having said that, it is most effective to find a space where you can create a sense of the sacred. You can sit, kneel or even stand, as long as you are comfortable and can concentrate. There are no rules but most Nicherin Buddhists chant with their hands together, as if in prayer, again for concentration. The regular rhythm of a repeated phrase - Nam Myo-ho Ren-ge Kyo in three-four time - causes the mind to dive below the mundane plateaux of thought. Different chanters have different mental approaches: some choose simply to listen intently to the sound of their own voices, which eventually induces a feeling of transcendence. Others treat chanting as a creative opportunity, visualising goals and actively causing well-being through consciously invoking joy and gratitude. When I was first introduced to Buddhism in Indonesia, I immediately clicked with the philosophy, but I couldn't be doing with the chanting. However, after seeing dependent, poverty-stricken people transformed into motivated, productive people - through chanting, they said - I began to understand the benefits. Chanting is an invigorating practise which can help to transform your life radically by revealing the enlightened state - Buddhahood - inherent in everyone's life."

The Knack How to choose a nanny

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The Knack How to make a speech. By Hugo Summerson

First of all, be prepared. Research your audience in depth. Why are they there and what do they expect to hear from you? Then tailor your speech to that particular audience. Know your purpose. Why have you been invited to give a speech, what are you trying to do? If there are several speakers, be absolutely certain that you're not speaking on the same subject as any of them. Get material from as many sources as you can: friends, colleagues, books, magazines, the Internet. Decide on the points you want to make and work your material into a logical structure. Tell the audience what you're going to tell them, tell them, and then tell them what you've told them. Your opening words should be guaranteed to grab the audience's attention. Make your points clearly and succinctly, in a logical order. Remember that a good speech is heavily weighted toward example and illustration. You've got to help your audience visualise what you're saying. The conclusion should be strong, to hammer home your message so the audience remembers both it and you. Use your body language, it will help you emphasise the points you are making. If you're nervous, let the adrenalin help you, that's what it is there for. The knowledge that you've spent hours preparing will give you confidence. Put yourself in the right frame of mind and say to yourself: I'm looking forward to this, I'm going to give this speech and nothing is going to stop me from getting my message across. Fiona McClymont

The Knack: How to name your baby.

In some cultures, children are not considered born until they have been named. Britain's system of birth registration is a bureaucratic form of the same belief. Naming your child is a big responsibility. Liking a name is one thing, but living it is another. So be careful.
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