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Icons of London: Charles Dickens’ statue

'Could Dickens have written about the destitute, in the vivid colour he did, without smell, sound, or exchange? For that matter, could any writer? Proximity to your subject once implied your senses would be stimulated. Now, lamentably our primal instincts have been stunted.'

‘Is this… progress?’ Turning 30 in lockdown.

Alexis Self just turned 30 – an event he was hoping would go unnoticed. Unfortunately for Alexis - though rather fortunately for us - he is also a writer and therefore couldn't resist the urge to pen his thoughts. Here are his musings on celebrating three decades of life and labour during lockdown.

Life on the island of Fuerteventura with Adan de Miguel

'Living in El Cotillo on the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands is like living in a set of Matryoshka dolls. Layers and layers of liquid reality surround and protect us from the threats of the menacing outside world. The wind blows hard and the empty streets give you the impression of being in a post-apocalyptic Dali dream.'

Rampa  They Will Be