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Marie Colvin

Marie Colvin

Marie’s Place Is Empty Originally published in the New Statesman I walk along Fatemi Avenue in Tehran amid the swirling dust of a gathering electrical storm, the tulip-shaped towers of the Hotel Laleh swimming in a heat haze over honking afternoon traffic. I muster a smile for the doormen in peaked caps and gold lanyard...
London's Muslim Rappers

London’s Muslim Rappers

The Power Of Verse Originally published in Huck, photography by Spencer Murphy The doors to London’s Central Mosque are open to visitors, but few outsiders cross the threshold to witness Friday prayers. A five-minute walk away, tourists queue to have their pictures taken with a costumed Victorian policeman outside the Sherlock Holmes Museum on Baker...
Snowboarding In Japan

Snowboarding In Japan

Powder Play First published in the Time Out Adventure Guide, photography by James Mutter   There are few dress rehearsals more disturbing than learning to dig your friend from an avalanche. Our guide, Watanabe, shows us how to switch our trackers to search mode before hiding one in the snow and having us converge on...
Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis

The X-Man Originally published in Google Think In February 2012 Peter Diamandis took the stage at TED to talk about the subject that informs his new co-authored book, Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. Following a barrage of bad news images beamed on to a screen behind him – foundering cruise ships, famine...
Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil

Transgressive Man Originally published in Google Think, photography by Bill Wadman There’s a scene near the opening of Transcendent Man, the 2009 documentary on futurist Ray Kurzweil, showing archive footage of the then 17-year-old’s appearance on US panel show I’ve Got A Secret. Suited and smiling and exuding the awkward confidence of someone becoming slowly...
Rohingya

Rohingya

The Long Wait Originally published in the New Statesman (August 2009), photography by Giles Duley There was little to mark the dawn of May 21st as different from any other in the Bangladeshi beach resort of Cox’s Bazar. Rickshaw drivers snoozed in their carriages beneath whispering palms; labourers awoke in half-built hotels and clambered up...
Private Space Flight

Private Space Flight

Fly Me To The Moon Originally published in Little White Lies In June 2011 the Economist ran a headline that it claimed summed up a sense of international despair. ‘The End Of The Space Age’ was a withering obituary on what it saw as the mortified remains of space exploration: the space shuttle, which would...
Surfing In Bangladesh

Surfing In Bangladesh

Breaking Bangladesh Originally published in Huck At 4pm on my second day in Bangladesh I wake from a jet-lag slumber in a paint-peeling, fly-infested hotel room in Cox’s Bazar. I flip on export strength Indian MTV as I dress, marvelling at its garish adoption of western norms – the ads for skin-lightening creams, the reality...
Tehran Book Clubs

Tehran Book Clubs

Passion High At The Tehran Hopkins Club Originally published in the New Statesman The prospect of ploughing through the complete works of Ezra Pound would have the members of most British book clubs choking on their chocolate digestives in horror. Not so the Tehran Hopkins Club; over the course of six months last year, its...
Rap In Iran

Rap In Iran

Prophets Of Protest Originally published by the Church Of London The morning after meeting the Iranian rapper Hichkas and his crew, I head into town in search of a bunch of flowers for my Uncle Behrooz. It seems only fair. After all, it was his garden in which we conducted the interview; his crisps and...