13 minutes. 780 seconds. Just under a quarter of an hour. What can you achieve in 13 minutes? Maybe, if you’re lucky, your commute to work takes 13 minutes. Maybe it takes you 13 minutes to eat your lunch. Some of you may spend 13 minutes taking selfies or browsing Instagram. It may take you 13 minutes to shower. The point is, 13 minutes is … Continue reading 13 Minutes from a Different World: A Dispatch from Berlin
I have mixed feelings about my time in Toulouse. Part of me is surprised that it’s fairly off the tourist radar. It is pretty in the centre and with the street signs in French and Catalan, there’s a cosmopolitan air. The metro is quick, clean, and efficient and despite the relatively small size of the city, it’s a good way to get from A-B quickly. … Continue reading La Ville Rose: A Dispatch From Toulouse
I step off the hot, crowded second-class carriage into to the train station, and I make my way down the curving hill to Piazza Garibaldi. There are groups of older gentleman sitting on benches chatting away, laughing and gesticulating wildly. I continue on through the steep, narrow, cobbled alleyways to my apartment, hearing the air punctured by the “ring-ding-ding” noises of the old Vespa engines … Continue reading The Best of Cefalù: A Dispatch from Sicily
I am outside a bar in the Rue du Faubourg Montmartre in the 9tharrondissement, just around the corner from the Grand Boulevards metro station. I ate an underwhelming meal in the chaotic Le Bouillon Chartier next door, a 120+ year old grand European café that has seen better days. Upon leaving, we stumbled upon Café H which is where I’m now sitting, practically dancing in … Continue reading Chasing the Ghosts of Days Gone: A Dispatch from Paris
83 years ago to the day, there was a battle in London’s East End that turned out to be one of the largest riots in the city’s long and storied history which has since been immortalised in a mural on the side of Saint George’s Town Hall, a short walk from Shadwell station. The Battle of Cable Street was the clash between the police and … Continue reading The Battle of Cable Street: A Dispatch from East London
For those who may not know, St. Pauls Cathedral is an incredibly important building to London and Londoners in general. During the Blitz Prime Minister Winston Churchill, realising the importance for morale, declared that “…St Paul’s Cathedral should be protected at all costs”. Through great effort, with little to no water available, low visibility and fires raging throughout the City of London, protected it was. … Continue reading An icon of London: A Dispatch From St. Paul’s Cathedral.
“Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, that I love London so…” as the oft-repeated song goes. Maybe it’s because I’m a Londoner, born, raised and based in the East End that I love London so, but I don’t think it is, it’s so much more than that. It’s a 2am bagel from Brick Lane, it’s the sense of wonder standing in the British Museum atrium … Continue reading An Introduction: A Dispatch from London