‘I put up plaques for victims of Soviet repression’

Sergei Parkhomenko: 'This work has become very important for me'
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Activist Sergei Parkhomenko says the objective is to bring people together

‘I’m a fake-wine detective’

Michael Egan says he looks for different visual clues as tasting is highly subjective

‘I’m training a supercomputer to be a fashionista’

Eddie Bell’s job is to teach a computer to recognise visual images and sort out colour descriptions

‘We had America’s first gay marriage — in 1971’

Jack Baker had to change his name and be adopted by his partner in order to be able to marry him

Zakia al Moammar
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‘I set up Riyadh’s first female-owned clothes boutique’

Zakia al Moammar says it used to be much harder for a woman in Saudi Arabia, but not any more

‘I opened my first restaurant three months after a war ended’

Launching a restaurant in Ivory Coast’s biggest city Abidjan so soon after the conflict, ‘people looked at us like we were crazy’, says Christelle Vougo

‘Boxing saved me from a life of crime’

Giuseppe Leto grew up on the streets of Palermo in the 1970s when the mafia ruled the city

Flash Bristow
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‘I run the Pylon Appreciation Society’

Many people think pylons are a blot on the landscape but Flash Bristow sees them differently

‘I hunted down my grandfather’s paintings’

Robert Seyffert spent years tracking down the works of one of the most famous US painters of the early 20th century

‘I posted myself in a box from England to Australia’

When Reg Spiers could not afford a plane ticket home, he decided to stow away in a box for the 63-hour journey

‘I indexed Shanghai’s soup dumplings’

Christopher St Cavish measured Shanghai’s famous ‘xiaolongbao’ from about 50 restaurants

‘I use sporting memories to help people with dementia’

Tony Jameson-Allen co-founded a group that uses sports memorabilia to keep older people connected

‘I keep the Welsh language alive through bees’

Wil Griffiths set up an organisation whose aim is the survival of his native tongue — and of bees

‘I get white-collar criminals ready for jail’

Steve Dagworthy, who served three years in prison for financial crime, on helping inmates to cope

‘I street danced during the Baltimore riots’

Dimitri Reeves on how he seeks to spread positivity with Michael Jackson tributes

‘I grew a shirt from scratch in London’

Kate Poland asked 500 people to help make a shirt — from planting the seeds to applying the final stitch

‘I invented the ‘bubble’ used to transport Ebola patients by plane’

Chuck Myers designed a system that lets air in and out — but not pathogens

‘I invented a fishing fly that made millions of dollars’

Charlie Smith’s bonefish fly revolutionised saltwater fly-fishing

‘I run a choir of the dispossessed’

The Reverend Niall Weir had two options to bring people together: food or music

‘I run a food truck for dogs’

‘Our bestselling biscuit is peanut butter’: meet the owner of Bow Wow Bones

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