Monthly Archives: November 2015

List of non-English language news media in London

In 2007 I began making a list of all the London-based newspapers, magazines, newsletters, radio and television stations in London aimed at the capital’s extraordinarily diverse communities. I did this by walking everywhere, going into shops, cafes, community centres, asking people and so on. Somali tea I can heartily recommend, and also Albanian cuisine, among other delights encountered along the way.

It was a full-time job keeping it up to date, and since then Facebook groups and other social media have emerged to rival these more traditional news media. I hope it proves of use to someone, somewhere. If you spot anything wildly out of date, let me know on Twitter @JGWillsher or email jamesgwillsher@hotmail.co.uk Continue reading

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The great Central Asian fiction you’ve never heard of: part one

A sunny afternoon, and a surprise in Waterstone’s: the August book of the month is by a Central Asian writer, and from 1957. The crystalline beauty of Chingiz Aitmatov’s Jamilia was the first Central Asian fiction I’d read, back in August, … Continue reading

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‘Collapsing Kurdistan government a greater threat than ISIS,’ Parliament hears

On the day the Prime Minister asked MPs to consider air strikes in Syria, elsewhere in Parliament heard how an economic crisis in Iraq has overtaken ISIS as the top security concern. Sparked by a dispute between the national government … Continue reading

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Postcard from Central Asia #5: what the Georgian Prime Minister did next

What does a Prime Minister do on leaving office? Go to the Oval for lunch and watch some cricket, in John Major’s case. Georgia’s Nika Gilauri sets up a company to help governments reform, and comes to the World Bank … Continue reading

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Postcard from Central Asia #4: urgent request from a UN ‘spymaster’

A gloriously greasy gamburger for lunch, and on returning to the office an email from a senior United Nations staffer in Bishkek. Could I meet them for lunch tomorrow at Bella Italia? An urgent matter to discuss. Certainly, see you there. … Continue reading

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Bishkek restaurant review: Smokie’s Bar-B-Q

You walk in and find yourself thousands of miles out West, diners enjoying enormous-looking ribs, good music, friendly atmosphere. A bar in the middle of the room, I take a table. The menu has all sorts of things I’ve never … Continue reading

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Postcard from Central Asia #3: persuading Madam President

It’s not every day you manoeuvre a former President of a country into doing something they didn’t want to do, and in front of a room full of lots of people. Roza Otunbayeva stepped down as President of the Kyrgyz … Continue reading

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