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Dagestan, Game of Thrones, and a Gorbachev adviser: a Russian afternoon in London

Russia has its own Commonwealth, administered by the Rossotrudnichestvo state agency, with a UK office just off Kensington High Street. Upstairs to the first floor, through a door and a group are registering with a young woman and a laptop. … Continue reading

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Season’s greetings from Kosovo

The ambassador opens the front door, so of course my mind goes blank. Debrett’s said something about a particular use of Your Excellency, but I can’t remember what. He smiles and shakes my hand, I mumble something and hurry down … Continue reading

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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 If you spot anything wildly out of date, let me know on Twitter @JGWillsher or email jamesgwillsher@hotmail.co.uk Continue reading

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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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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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Madlands: attempts to (re-)enact JG Ballard’s novel Concrete Island I lie down in the overtaking lane of the A14, Westbound between Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket. Immediately, distant and approaching traffic rasps. I stand, and glide to the embankment. A … Continue reading

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An audience with Boris Johnson: the Mayor meets London’s Turks

City Hall, London: invitation to a reception for London’s Turks, hosted by the Mayor, Boris Johnson, himself of Turkish ancestry, an Ottoman minister for a great-grandfather. We queue for bags and briefcases to be searched at the ground floor check-in … Continue reading

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