Internet returned to Tehran on Friday night, but outside the Iranian capital large parts of the country remain in the dark. Major cities Isfahan and Shiraz have now gone around almost a full week without access to the web, following Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s internet crackdown in response to nation-wide demonstrations against increases to petrol … Continue reading Riots lead to internet shut-off as unrest grows in Iran
Amidst the Clutter and Mess, the long awaited debut album from Green Buzzard,captures the collective confusion of Australia’s mid to late 20s population and delivers it into a meandering, rambling collection of acoustic anti-ballads. The band were one of many bands to be thrown under the category of ‘Britpop revivial’ after bursting onto the scene … Continue reading Review: Amidst the Clutter and Mess
Images of thousands of Iranians mourning General Qasem Soleimani’s death have made their way onto Western screens, with anti-USA chants prompting the rest of the world to fear what is next. But as with seemingly most influential global nations these days, not all is as it seems at first glance. And as is especially important … Continue reading Separating the real Iran from Khamenei, mourning
It’d been a lifelong dream of mine to travel across Russia by train, and when I did, it wasn’t what I expected. I had envisaged vodka fueled benders on board, performing glorious renditions of ‘Rasputin’ in karaoke bars, snow over Red Square and exciting misadventures running from and with gruff Russians. In truth, the ‘Baikal’ … Continue reading See what is there, rather than what you want to see
A 14 year old boy pointed his gun at me, as I crouched nervously on my haunches. We were squatting with about 20 others in a circle while the leader, a smartly dressed man with a beard, was conducting things from the centre of the ring. There must have been 200 other men in the … Continue reading When surprises cease to surprise
The venue was the same, the main cast couldn’t have been more different. Tim Murtagh, the 37 year old warhorse bowling gentle 115kph wobblers, slips so close to the batsmen they were in shot on TV. Jason Roy, who took all before him in the World Cup. The man who respects no bowler and hit … Continue reading Ireland vs England: How do you explain it?
Shortlisted for 2019 World Nomads Travel Writing Scholarship - read more. It’s disconcertingly quiet. Although not yet winter, the famously cold eastern winds are blowing, and it feels like it is. We walk down the middle of the road; there’s no need to worry about traffic in Pripyat. It’s an unusual tour group of eight … Continue reading The man from Pripyat