South Bank, Sunday Morning

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A walk down London's South Bank early on a Sunday morning before the crowds arrive reveals some hidden gems & interesting characters (essay & photos)

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It was all Yellow: Saigon Welcomes the Year of the Snake thumbnail

Photos of Ho Chi Minh City's spectacular decorations to celebrate Tết - the Vietnamese version of the Lunar New Year.

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Inside Ho Chi Minh City’s Reunification Palace thumbnail

Ho Chi Minh City's Reunification Palace is of full of grand rooms, dark bunkers, soviet-era furniture and military gadgets. Come and have a look inside.

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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 ..

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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.

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