I’ve got a serious case of resting beach face

Growth mindset, prior knowledge, problem-solving: all were on display during Jo Brighouse's family sandcastle building extravaganza. But does that really matter?

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We went to the beach this week. Images of serenity often involve beaches – beaches that are invariably composed of perfectly white, soft sand with lapping waves, sunsets, palm trees and a tropical breeze.

While these beaches might be the blueprint for someone’s paradise there’s no escaping the fact that they are no good for sandcastles. For that you need a beach like this one: vast, firm, lightly salted; the sort of beach where families shelter behind windbreaks and the chips are served with gravy.

Luckily, there was no call for windbreaks today. The wind was calm and the sky streaked with ...

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