THE BIG READ | You’re never too old to learn

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Children have a very different approach to learning something new. They are far less cautious than adults and not so afraid of making mistakes. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Children have a very different approach to learning something new. They are far less cautious than adults and not so afraid of making mistakes. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

One day a number of years ago, I was deep into a game of draughts on holiday with my daughter, then almost four, in the small library of a beachfront town. Her eye drifted to a nearby table, where a black-and-white board bristled with far more interesting figures – many a future chess master has been innocently drawn in by “horses” and “castles”.

“What’s that?” she asked. “Chess,” I replied.

“Can we play?” she pleaded.

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