The librarian of Moria – and other tales of hope from the notorious refugee camp

The library is the latest project. Zekria hasn’t quite worked out the system yet. It doesn’t officially open until tomorrow. He thinks it is going to be one book borrowed at a time, maybe two if users travel a long distance within the camp. They will be able to keep items for a week, maybe […]

NIA files supplementary chargesheet, names Pulwama attack mastermind’s aides

Bilal Mir, arrested in April, was using a virtual number – +19016677146 linked to WhatsApp. In one of the chats through this number, Bilal even told Sajjad that he wanted to become a fidayeen like Adil Ahmad Mir. Adil Ahmad Mir was the main bomber in Pulwama attack who blew himself up with the Maruti […]

HCMC book street still open despite coronavirus spread

Children read books at a bookstore on Nguyen Van Binh book street in downtown HCMC – PHOTO: HOANG PHONG HCMC – Unlike some other attractions in HCMC that have been closed recently due to the spread of coronavirus, Nguyen Van Binh book street in District 1 is still open despite a 30% drop in the […]

Hasan Minhaj Took a Job No One Wanted

Russell Peters is an interesting reference point, because I think now you don’t necessarily have to choose your audience. Whereas he’s one of a group of comedians who are super-influential, super-pioneering, but very much invisible to people who don’t look like them. Even though he’s technically one of the most successful comics in the world, […]

Out of the fryer and into the fire: my fish and chip hell

“Just go somewhere quiet and die there. You have nothing to contribute to human progress, you pointless philistine,” ran the comments. Chippy owners contacted me en masse to complain. The editor of Chippy Chat magazine took time out to tell me that I’d personally undone thousands of pounds’ worth of industry investment to promote fish […]

Hunt: Showdown review – a sweaty, stinking, cat-and-mouse masterpiece

It’s a recipe, all told, for two kinds of dread. On the one hand, there’s the revulsion you feel toward creatures who used to be regular folks and animals: the women whose chests have split to reveal mosquito hives, grimacing at you sideways; the men who resemble giant, groaning lumps of decaying coral. This is […]

Behind the wire: What goes on inside Burnham Military Camp?

All NZDF staff are meant to be able to hold a weapon and serve in the field if the situation demands. So passing the fitness tests is crucial to holding on to a job, he says. The NZDF needs to see you continue to progress to keep you on.

One Direction: ‘It’s not a question of burnout: we enjoy it’ – exclusive interview

“We feel most at home when we’re sat writing, or on stage, that’s our thing,” Liam tells me flatly. “There’s no real getting away from it.” He’ll later put a message on Twitter that reads in its entirety “Very interesting day today”, and when such a thing is approvingly retweeted 55,000 times, I guess there […]