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Lily Cole

Actor, activist and entrepreneur Lily Cole shares what drives her, what’s important to her in life, and what can make her see red

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I do get angry occasionally and I’ve been known to lose my temper; once I had an argument with Nigel Farage about climate change, as he denies it all and I had to put him right! I go in and out of reading the news, too, as I feel it distorts my perspective on reality; you become worried and afraid of things that are unlikely to touch your life. I’m sometimes addicted and consume a lot of news, then I feel I’ve overdosed and need to have a bit of space. I try not to be completely naive so I scan the headlines, but I don’t indulge in reading too much. There’s a great book by Steven Pinker called The Better Angels Of Our Nature: A History Of Violence And Humanity (Penguin, £14.99) and its premise is that we’re living in one of the most peaceful times historically, but we feel like we’re in one of the worst times because the media concentrates on the most terrifying parts of society and amplifies that.

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