Category Archives: UK

You won’t meet these Muslims in a mosque: the Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi, in Ridley Road, Dalston

First published in the Hackney Gazette on 2 March, 2006. THE dancers are swirling kaleidoscopes of colour, lost in a beautiful, hypnotic music, while hundreds of Hackney’s men, women and children look on in wonder. The ritual is centuries old … Continue reading

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History rarely rests forever: a ramble with Iain Sinclair in Abney Park Cemetery

First published in the Hackney Gazette on 24 August, 2006.  WHILE Iain Sinclair points out the imposing Egyptian pillars outside the cemetery, which represent the gates of paradise, something remarkable happens. A white hearse rumbles by, up Stamford Hill, followed … Continue reading

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Most Successful Kurds in Britain Awards story I wrote published by South London Press

This was a really great event, held at Portcullis House, at the Houses of Parliament, in Westminster, on 18 March. It was organised by Ibrahim Dogus on behalf of the Centre for Kurdish Progress. I’ve known Ibrahim for going on … Continue reading

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London raises funds to help war-torn Donbass

A PACKED Islington cafe hosted a fundraising event for hospitals and schools caught in the middle of Ukraine’s civil war. More than 70 people spilled out onto the street to attend an auction at the Blackstock Kitchen, Blackstock Road, to … Continue reading

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Ukraine and Russia: a clash of ideas on the streets of London

This is a statue of St Volodymyr, which states that he was a 10th-century ruler of Ukraine, on Holland Park Avenue, London. I took this photo in June, 2014, and as I was doing so a young Russian guy came … Continue reading

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Sochi today: Glastonbury-on-permafrost, hairbitch, and Jenny Jones goes bronze #Sochi2014

The Glastonbury fields are frozen, paved over; essential festival attire is a BBC Sport puffa. Headliners New Kids On The Block are replaced at the last minute by local tribute band NKOTB – Russian for colourless rainbow – who clutch … Continue reading

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Today at Wimbledon: ringtone grunts, Andy Murray, and mortgageable Pimm’s

On foot and with a ticket is the best way to go to Wimbledon. We, the lucky ones, meet just as many coming back disappointed as heading their way there along Wimbledon Park Road. A park becomes a giant field … Continue reading

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