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 [...]
Maltese travel guides are full of references to a chequered history made up of Greek, Roman, Arab, Norman, French and British influences. They talk at length about the legacy of the Knights of St. John, the interesting architecture and the great food that characterise this Mediterranean island with its temperate December days. It's all there [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Today I took a walk around the new Olympic Park's perimeter, starting at Hackney Wick, passing through the flashy new Westfield shopping centre and ending up in Stratford's original high street. The area's seen some major changes, but will the Games realise its promise of economic regeneration?
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 ..
Following a night of indiscriminate looting, the residents of Clapham responded to a #riotcleanup Twitter campaign to reclaim their streets.
I resisted visiting Ibiza for a long time, simply because I did not imagine it to be the kind of place to have a relaxing holiday, due to its reputation as binge party destination. Finally succumbing based on friends’ recommendations, I was genuinely surprised ..
It is 1984. I pick this year because it is where my political memory begins. Every Sunday we say prayers for “people who live behind the iron curtain”. At the heart of our pious plea lies the fear that South Africa will eventually submit to the tyrannical order of Communism ..
London’s Trafalgar Square was dressed in candle light and solidarity last night as thousands gathered in a vigil to express their opposition to hate crime. This follows the death of 62-year-old Ian Baynham, who sustained critical injuries as a result of a homophobic attack.