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Claire's Column: 27th November

This week's column is all about mathematics.  If you are like me, that word will make your pulse elevate slightly, not in excitement but because for years I felt I couldn't "do" maths.  Despite the best efforts of the teachers at Grove County Junior School in Somerset I struggled with long division, wrestled with fractions and gave up all together on algebra and it was only through painful effort during my Masters degree course in America that I finally overcame my demons and became confident with numeracy – although I always have a calculator in my handbag, just in case.