South Bank, Sunday Morning

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Dusty rays illuminate the narrow trail that runs from Borough Market to the South Bank. Outside The Clink, a council worker sweeps last night’s party debris and drunken memories along the cobblestone surface, past a filthy doorway where two young men lie unconscious. The tide is low, so the river ambles narrow and coy between […]

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It was all Yellow: Saigon Welcomes the Year of the Snake thumbnail
In London, New Year’s Eve is all about a single night of overpriced and overcrowded bars, drunken idiots and – if you’re lucky – some half-decent fireworks. With the exception of one fantastic night to celebrate the new millennium, I’ve generally avoided New Year’s Eve parties like the plague. So when I realised that my […]

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Inside Ho Chi Minh City’s Reunification Palace thumbnail
I’ve never been an efficient sightseer, mostly because I don’t like being on a schedule when I’m traveling. Bar some essential Tripadvisor tips and basic Google Maps searches, I generally let a place unfold as organically as I can, and I definitely don’t care whether I manage to fit in the top twenty, ten or […]

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Ho Chi Minh: City of Beautiful Madness

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45,000 Dong – that’s just under a couple of British pounds – will buy you entry to the South Saigon Pools: a secluded oasis in hot suburban district 7. Kids play in the sand-filled shallow water, and in the adult pool a middle-aged Australian is teaching his Vietnamese companion to swim. She paddles with her […]

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A mini portrait of Angel and Highgate

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Attempting to take some candid street shots in Islington isn’t quite as easy as photographing in Brick Lane. People quickly became suspicious of me and my camera, and one or two shopkeepers sternly asked me to stop taking photos. So there weren’t too many shots to choose from, partly due to these restrictive conditions but […]

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Brick Lane and Shoreditch: Sunday

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Every time I go to Shoreditch I see evidence of the City’s encroaching wealth. The signs of creeping gentrification are everywhere: from boutique fashion shops to gleaming luxury apartments, through carefully staged pop-up venues and finally to Microsoft ads posing as street art. Still, amongst the trendy cocktail bars and chic hotels a lot of […]

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Snapshots of Kolkata from a taxi

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The last time I visited Kolkata I was filled with fear and wonder, shock and poetry, confusion and excitement – eager to dig beneath the dusty outer layer of this faded, vibrant, mad, laid-back, modern, ancient, rich slum of a contradiction. I wrote hasty ..... [Read more]

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Clapham’s cleaning army

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Following a night of indiscriminate looting, the residents of Clapham responded to a #riotcleanup Twitter campaign to reclaim their streets.... [Read more]

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