In May 2011 I went to Lampedusa, the small Italian island near the African coast which had been and continues to be a focal point for perilous clandestine migration organised by traffickers. Usually migrants are moved off the island to centres in mainland Italy, but after the Arab Spring revolutions earlier that year, removals had … Continue reading Island of Lost Souls
From Oban, I had been transferred to Campbeltown, and the newspaper that covers the Kintyre peninsula of South West Scotland. Campbeltown is three hours by car from Glasgow, at the very end of a road that is sometimes closed by landslides. Kintyre is an area the size of Greater London, but its population is less … Continue reading The battle for Carradale
Living in Greater Tokyo, the world’s largest concentration of urban humanity, I shouldn’t have been surprised to find that even the dead are hungry for space. But I was still a little shocked when I found that the ‘koen’ marked on Google maps, near where we had just moved, turned out to be a vast … Continue reading Leisure space or resting place?