India’s street kids fight back: with a broadsheet newspaper, Notebook

India’s street kids fight back: with a broadsheet newspaper

More than 11 million street children live in India – with no official existence and little hope of escaping the poverty cycle. But an extraordinary group of street kids in north India are raising their voices for change – they publish their own broadsheet newspaper, writing about the difficult issues that affect their lives.

By | Notebook, The Foreign Desk | Wednesday, 30 October 2013 at 8:14 am

Secret City: Uncovering London’s hidden history, Arts

Secret City: Uncovering London’s hidden history

Yesterday the Frontline Club in London screened Secret City , the acclaimed investigative documentary explores the power wielded by the City of London Corporation and reveals its relationship to London’s position at the centre of global finance, and the economic crisis.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 15 January 2013 at 6:17 pm

Feral ‘Monkey Boy’ – a tale of the unexpected, Notebook

Feral ‘Monkey Boy’ – a tale of the unexpected

The challenge of researching a so-called feral child case is that it’s quite likely a hoax. Someone has dragged out a disabled kid whose wordless vocalisations can be interpreted as the howling of a wolf-child; their spasticity becomes evidence of imitating the wings, claws or paws of their host species. How DO you know when it’s real?

By | Notebook | Monday, 24 September 2012 at 12:58 am

What’s life like on the road as a DJ? Pan-Pot enlighten us with a new film, Arts

What’s life like on the road as a DJ? Pan-Pot enlighten us with a new film

I often wonder what life on the road as a DJ is like, from what I can gather it’s not always as glamorous as one might imagine. Ok, so they get to travel the world playing the music they love to thousands of people every week – but, in reality despite the obvious plus points there’s the down points too – constant tiredness, traveling from one airport to another to another, never really seeing much of the city you’re playing in. Ok, hardly the end of the world, but still it’s not all one big party. To illustrate their life on the road as DJs, German duo Pan-Pot (Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix) have released an hour-long DVD based using footage from their various gigs. I spoke to them about the new film…

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 17 April 2012 at 4:00 am

Think. Think again. Think harder., Notebook

Think. Think again. Think harder.

Experts at picking out our flaws. Experts at analysing and obsessing every little part of us that we do not like. Experts at glossing over it all, painting on a convincing smile and telling the world that we are fine.
10 years on and the ‘fine’ that rolls off the tongue so easily will be doubted [...]

By | Notebook | Sunday, 8 May 2011 at 10:51 pm

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