Dannie Abse interview: the coincidence of wasp meeting windowpane.

Perhaps our common Cardiffian roots engineered it, but determining the lifespan of his kitchen cupboards’ content five minutes after knocking Dannie Abse’s door was unforeseen. The survival of potentially mouldy toffee lay in my (clueless) hands. A few welshcakes later, dictaphone at the ready, we turned to this poetic virtuoso’s latest collection: Speak, Old Parrot. […]

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Danger Tourism in the DMZ

It may be a stone’s throw from the most volatile regime in the world, but the Korean Demilitarized Zone is as tourist-friendly as any Lonely Planet must-see. Following the Second World War and the subsequent bloody conflict between communist North and capitalist South, Korea has been divided. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) marks the border between […]

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The Sacrificial Truth

As students, we are raised to be truth-seekers. We are given questions; we think read rethink discuss rerethink and, ultimately, try to muster up some kind of answer. Anna Politkovskaya sought the truth to unspoken questions about Putin’s Russia. Sought. Past tense. Far from a red-ink tick, Anna’s answers were met with red blood: she […]

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