Inside Britain’s Secret Courts

Inside Britain’s Secret Courts

Investigatory Powers Tribunals are where you complain if you think the government is spying on you. They’re usually held behind closed doors but this year a few select public hearings have taken place, so I went to check one out. (Vice) Continue reading

Chuck D: Still Fighting The Power

Chuck D: Still Fighting The Power

Today, Chuck D descends on the UK with old-school hip hop heroes De La Soul and Wu Tang Clan for the Gods Of Rap tour. I went to Chuck’s campaign room in California to find him plotting his European offensive. (NME) Continue reading

Belgrade Reborn

Belgrade Reborn

A magnet for creatives, possessed of a wild nightlife, the Serbian capital has been dubbed ‘the new Berlin’ – but dive deeper and you’ll discover the once war-torn city has a personality all its own. (Lonely Planet Traveller) Continue reading

The New Madrid

The New Madrid

Explore the Spanish capital and you’ll find a city vigorously reinventing itself. Highways have turned into inviting parks, abattoirs are becoming art spaces, and once-neglected cinemas now host restaurants and bars. (Lonely Planet Traveller) Continue reading

City of Rhythm

City of Rhythm

Welcome to diverse Dakar, capital of Senegal, where reggae resounds around former slave quarters, downtown nightclubs throb with world beats and homegrown pop, and the sounds of the djembe drum and kora are as vital as ever. (Lonely Planet Traveller) Continue reading

Émir Shiro Uncensored

Émir Shiro Uncensored

From an unassuming French city, a rising young artist is taunting the bots of Instagram in an effort to normalize (and rethink) nudity. Good news: He’s getting away with it. (Playboy) Continue reading

Jeff Goldblum: Sex and Drugs and Jazz Piano

Jeff Goldblum: Sex and Drugs and Jazz Piano

Hollywood icon Jeff Goldblum is about to release his first album, a collection of jazz standards. Over breakfast at the Chateau Marmont, he tells me about some other firsts: losing his virginity, experimenting with drugs and talking his way into piano bars underage. (NME) Continue reading

The new wave

The new wave

There are several reasons why Sri Lanka has come from nowhere to top every surfer’s wish list – and only one is to do with the amazing breaks. (Atlas by Etihad) Continue reading

Born By The River

Born By The River

Use the Mississippi as your guide as you set off on a road trip close to its banks in search of the music and literature that shaped America. (Lonely Planet Traveller) Continue reading

Lads On Tour: Kasabian Reign In Spain

Lads On Tour: Kasabian Reign In Spain

Enjoying “the battle” of winning over the European festival circuit on a hot, sticky night in Madrid, Serge Pizzorno tells me how the “healing power of being on tour” is helping Tom Meighan’s get over his personal annus horribilis and how “the world at the moment is a pretty slippery character…” (NME) Continue reading

Spirit of the night

Spirit of the night

As the sun sets, Barcelona comes alive. Explore from dusk ’til dawn to encounter the places and people at their brightest during the city’s darkest hours. (Lonely Planet Traveller) Continue reading