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David Bowie: A bio-obituary

“I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring,” said the late David Bowie back in 1997. It’s a poignant…

The UK housing market: a balancing act

Lecturer in Economics, Alan Shipman, explains the balancing act of the UK’s housing crisis and the dilemma of providing enough new homes for a growing population, whilst not…

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Bargain hunters: how shops make us buy

With the post-Christmas sales in full swing, find out more about what shops do to make us buy with this interactive tool developed by our sociologists: How…

What makes a good Christmas number one?

Dr Catherine Tackley from the OU’s music department examines what makes certain songs a hit at Christmas time. The official UK singles chart began in 1952, but…

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