John Cooper Clarke:  probably the only person who could write a perfect haiku about how hard it is to write a haiku – and make it funny. Photograph: Ben A Pruchnie/Getty Images

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Girls practice their cursive handwriting on a blackboard in 1935. Photograph; Harold M Lambert / Getty Images

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