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A new exhibition tells the story of the black sailors through history who pulled into port at Liverpool and in some cases settled down. There are tales of prejudice and cruel treatment – and also of heroism and triumphs. By Steve Lee.

Shakespeare described our carefree years of youthful optimism as “salad days”. But for Peter Triffitt the words mean 6am starts and working in fields until it gets dark. Roger Ratcliffe talks to Yorkshire’s last outdoor salad grower.

Classical music singer Carly Paoli trained at the Royal Northern College of Music and released her debut album this year – but is also influenced by MGM musicals, southern Italian piazzas and Michael Jackson. She’s the latest in our popular The Way I Work series.

On our news pages, we report on 15-year-old Jack Cornish from County Durham, who has published a fantasy novel and just won a literary column.

The arts and entertainment section has reviews of albums by Wolf Alice, Shania Twain and Cut Copy, as well as the latest TV, games and independent cinema. We also take a look at the new exhibition that’s reopening Leeds Art Gallery after major refurbishment.

Columnist Ali Schofield gets all over Uber, actor Sherilyn Fenn – Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks – writes a letter to her younger self, and there’s our crossword and Sudoku, and much more.

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