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Daughter and mother

While London might have been swinging during the ‘60s, it was also boomtime in Paris. The French economy was experiencing almost unparalleled growth and with it came a decade of prosperity and hope. Not to mention, political and social turbulence. It was during this time that Serge Gainsbourg came to prominence, his playful and seductive …

People on an overcrowded beach with a cruise liner in the background

We seem to have reached peak tourism. A confluence of standards of living in developed countries reaching an all-time high and travel being more accessible than ever before. With environmental concerns this pressure may ease, but holiday hotspots are reaching breaking point in terms of numbers. At the same time, those communities which rely on …

If you’ve not heard about the case of convicted paedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, then you’ve probably been living under a rock for the last few years. Despite his death before a full case could be made against him, the trial of his close friend Ghislaine Maxwell means he’s back in the news once …

As the Earth begins to falter at an increasingly accelerated rate, largely due to the abuses of humankind, the thoughts of many turn to the stars. While billionaires see space as yet another money-making opportunity, scientists have been focussing their attention way beyond the Karman Line. With our planet dying, the theoretical concerns around colonising …

Utopia, the metal group centred around guitarist John Bailey and Corrupt Moral Altar vocalist Chris Reese have announced UK tour dates for February 2022 following the release of their debut album ’Stalker’ last month on APF Records. John comments, “One of the things about music like this is that it’s very easy to let it …

Ragga

While to many, the likes of elvers and trolls will be something out of Lord of the Rings or another fantasy book, for generations of Northern Europeans they’ve formed an integral part of their national folklore. The Huldufólk, or hidden people, play a prominent role in the mythology and legend of The Icelandic people. These …

Ruth and Mona on the subway

Whilst tourists flock from around the world to visit New York, living in the Big Apple doesn’t necessarily have the same shine. Major cities might have lots going on but they can also be incredibly lonely places. Isolating and anxiety-inducing. Never a peaceful moment. Everyone has their own unique story and personal history, but to …

Del Close

There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of Del Close. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Whilst he was instrumental in helping make the careers of just about anyone who was anyone from a generation of American comedians, he never achieved fame himself. This is partly down to bad luck but like so many talented …

Monks live in ancient caves

Today, when there’s talk about the spheres of exploration and discovery it’s almost guaranteed to be about space travel and potential colonisation. Humans have been obsessed with the stars for centuries and more, but after a long break to tackle more terrestrial problems the focus is very much on Mars, the Moon and even further …

A move from stand-up into TV and film is often a natural career progression for comedians. Whilst many have made this journey, it requires a very different skillset and few become regulars on our cinema screen. Steve Martin, Jim Carrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Robin Williams are probably the most famous examples. While it certainly helps …