Bière, “sandwiches de pulled pork” and Hindi: Parisian multiculturalism at its best

If I’d heard the word “Paris” before July this year, I’d have thought of the Eiffel Tower, croissants, nice coffee, cultured, attractive people, and enough cheese, bread and wine to make any Tesco aisle look poorly and scarcely stocked. Or maybe world-renowned art galleries with original masterpieces dating back centuries. Or King Louis XIV’s monumental […]

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The gay man at the border

Image Description: Mostar Bridge, Bosnia and Herzegovina Travel, without any doubt, is my greatest pleasure. I usually travel alone, and for the purpose of leaving my comfort zone. At the border crossing between Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro, I puff out my chest a little and sit up straight. I keep a stony face. The […]

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Soaring rail fares are one symptom of a sick economy – the disease is privatisation

The British railways have come to be one of the most blatantly obvious examples of where privatisation has failed. Commuters and tax payers are being ripped off by dividend collectors, while services deteriorate, prices climb much faster than wages, and incompetent Conservative ministers like Chris Grayling fumble around a problem they have no desire to […]

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Escaping Oxford: A daytrip up to Liverpool

All images by Alex Homer. Description: a view of the Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool. Date of trip: Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th August 2018 Journey time: approx. 3h40–4h (usually two trains, with the interchange station depending on the time and day of travel) Fare: £49 (Off-Peak, with 16–25 Railcard) The distance is probably the main […]

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