I Ran Away To a Remote Scottish Isle. It Was Perfect

“Crowded out of the city by noise and stress, I embraced the wild solitude of a Hebridean island – and found a connection to nature.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 26, 2020
Length: 9 minutes (2,343 words)

‘Knowing It Could Kill You Isn’t a Deterrent’: The Deadly Trade in Diet Pills

“She told her friend she wanted to get into a residential eating disorders clinic. She also ordered more DNP.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 21, 2020
Length: 21 minutes (5,433 words)

Italy’s Call for Urgent Help Was Ignored as Coronavirus Swept Through Europe

No one had enough PPE. No one listened to the pleas of health ministers. And no one thought of themselves as part of a larger community — a sort of “European Union,” if you will — that should coordinate a response.

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 15, 2020
Length: 14 minutes (3,660 words)

‘Mama Boko Haram’: One Woman’s Extraordinary Mission To Rescue ‘Her Boys’ From Terrorism

“Aisha Wakil knew many of Boko Haram’s fighters as children. Now she uses those ties to broker peace deals, mediate hostage negotiations and convince militants to put down their weapons — but as the violence escalates, her task is becoming impossible.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 9, 2020
Length: 20 minutes (5,184 words)

What’s Wrong with WhatsApp

“WhatsApp, the unmoderated, self-governing, amoral collective – larger than a conversation, smaller than a public – has become a dominant and disruptive political force in our society, much as figures such as Bion and Lewin feared.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jul 2, 2020
Length: 18 minutes (4,552 words)

‘A Chain of Stupidity’: the Skripal Case and the Decline of Russia’s Spy Agencies

“The new hero of journalism was no longer a grizzled investigator burning shoe leather, à la All the President’s Men, but a pasty-looking kid in front of a MacBook Air.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 23, 2020
Length: 19 minutes (4,864 words)

The End of Tourism?

“Covid-19 has exposed the flaw in the model of elite tourism with a conscience. There is no plan B.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: Jun 18, 2020
Length: 23 minutes (5,837 words)

“Like a Tap Being Turned Off”: Music Magazines Fight for Survival in UK

With no concerts to sell ads for and few shops open to sell print issues, British music magazines such as QUncut, and Mojo are suffering and considering their options for survival.

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 24, 2020
Length: 6 minutes (1,597 words)

The Man in the Iron Lung

“When he was six, Paul Alexander contracted polio and was paralysed for life. Today he is 74, and one of the last people in the world still using an iron lung. But after surviving one deadly outbreak, he did not expect to find himself threatened by another.”

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 26, 2020
Length: 22 minutes (5,611 words)

‘The Past Six Weeks Have Been Unlike Anything I’ve Known’: a GP on How the Pandemic Has Changed His Work

Coronavirus has changed every aspect of Gavin Francis’ life at his doctor’s practice in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Source: The Guardian
Published: May 12, 2020
Length: 16 minutes (4,105 words)