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How A Volcanic Eruption Helped Create Modern Scotland

How A Volcanic Eruption Helped Create Modern Scotland

History Nature Science

Over seven terrible years in the 1690s, crops failed, farming villages emptied, and severe famine killed up to 15% of the entire population of Scotland. Soon after, the formerly independent nation joined Great Britain. Now, researchers suggest volcanic eruptions thousands of kilometers away may have helped spark this political transformation.

Psychology Still Skews Western And Affluent. Can It Be Fixed?

Psychology Still Skews Western And Affluent. Can It Be Fixed?

Psychology

For decades, the overwhelming majority of psychology research has examined people who live in the United States and other affluent Western countries. By focusing on such a narrow population, psychology researchers have — mostly unwittingly — presented a skewed view of the human mind.

Merry Across The Mersey: Tom Wood’s Visions Of Liverpool

Merry Across The Mersey: Tom Wood’s Visions Of Liverpool

Art History Photos

Known affectionately as the ‘photie man’ across Merseyside, Tom Wood worked in the region at a time of great social and political change. From buzzing match days at Anfield to couples snogging during nights out on the Wirral, a new retrospective of his work highlights his bond with the city.

Waste Heat From Underground Begins Warming London’s Homes

Waste Heat From Underground Begins Warming London’s Homes

Architecture Cities

The Bunhill 2 Energy Centre has started capturing excess heat from the London Underground to help warm over 1,000 buildings in the UK capital. A perforated red-metal pavilion distinguishes the Bunhill 2 Energy Centre, which occupies the site of the disused City Road tube station.

Conman: The Life And Crimes Of Mark Acklom

Conman: The Life And Crimes Of Mark Acklom

Crime Videos

Watch the full story of the cunning fraudster who posed as an MI6 agent to con his ex-girlfriend out of £800,000. The documentary features the first TV interview with Diana Acklom, his mother. In it, she has an extraordinary theory for her son’s prolific crimes.

Brain Man: The Boy With The Incredible Brain

Brain Man: The Boy With The Incredible Brain

Psychology Videos

An extraordinary documentary on the brainpower of Daniel T, the young Englishman who could be the world’s greatest mental athlete. Daniel is not just a calculating wizard, but also a memory champion and super linguist. He speaks nine languages.

My Journey To Scotland’s Most Remote Pub

My Journey To Scotland’s Most Remote Pub

World

For decades, the Old Forge was the holy grail of the British outdoors community. The UK’s remotest pub, it could only be reached via boat or a three-day walk through one of Britain’s last true wildernesses, the Knoydart peninsula in Scotland.

Was The Millennium Dome Really So Bad? The Inside Story Of A (Not So) Total Disaster

Was The Millennium Dome Really So Bad? The Inside Story Of A (Not So) Total Disaster

Architecture Long Reads Politics

Twenty years later, it is still a byword for New Labour hubris, squandered resources and hideously bungled planning. In fact, it was a byword for all of these things before it even opened. It is clear that the prevailing narrative that the Dome was a total failure is not – or at least not quite – the full story.

Virginia Mori

Inspiration
Virginia Mori
Bertie Taylor Explores Life Under London Heathrow’s Flight Path

Bertie Taylor Explores Life Under London Heathrow’s Flight Path

Photos

Bertie Taylor’s photos explore how people live with planes thundering over their heads, as well as the community of people who are drawn to the area. The images are startling, and he has managed to portray the juxtaposition between peaceful suburban life and the constant presence of roaring aircraft.

Snapshots of Manchester In The 1960s

Snapshots of Manchester In The 1960s

History Photos

A series of photos of Manchester in the 60s, including Piccadilly Gardens, Manchester Central Station, The Scala cinema on Wilmslow Road, Ringway (Manchester) Airport, the Church of the Holy Name, the Manchester City Art Gallery, Piccadilly Plaza, Mancunian Way, Mosley Street and more.

How Migration Could Make The World Richer

How Migration Could Make The World Richer

Economics Videos

Many of the recent political shifts in the West—the election of Donald Trump, the rise of populism in Europe and Brexit—can be partially attributed to the fear of mass migration. Yet increasing migration is one of the quickest ways to make the world richer.

Why Do People Go To Restaurants? It’s Not About The Food

Why Do People Go To Restaurants? It’s Not About The Food

Food

In the space of a few months the covid-19 pandemic has brought the hospitality industry to the brink of ruin. It has also prompted us to ponder what we’ve been missing. Why do restaurants matter? Why, after all, do we choose to spend large sums of money to dine among strangers?

Where Oil Rigs Go To Die

Where Oil Rigs Go To Die

Long Reads Nature

The world has a problem with its oil rigs. There are too many of them. When a drilling platform is scheduled for destruction, it must go on a thousand-mile final journey to the breaker’s yard. As one rig proved when it crashed on to the rocks of a remote Scottish island, this is always a risky business.

The Love Story That Shocked The World

The Love Story That Shocked The World

History Videos

When Seretse Khama, an African prince, and Ruth Williams, a white middle-class clerk from Lloyd’s underwriters, got married in 1948, it provoked shock in Britain and Africa. Khama was exiled from Great Britain and later became the first president of Botswana when it became an independent country.

The Stranger At My Brother’s Grave

The Stranger At My Brother’s Grave

Videos

In a pretty Cotswold village, a mystery has been puzzling residents for decades. Following the death of local Boy Scout Karl Smith in 1947, mysterious gifts and messages began appearing on his grave in Prestbury. Despite his sister Ann Kear’s best efforts, the identity of the visitor has never been revealed.

Matt Rota

Inspiration
Matt Rota
The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

The Expat English Teachers’ Murderous Triangle

Cities Crime World

His ease with people, his natural charisma — these things made him a vital piece of the underground foreigner scene in Taipei, a key component of the drug culture. But it was a dangerous game that Sanjay Ryan Ramgahan played, a game that can turn even the safest of places into the deadliest of traps. Once he fell into it, there was no charming his way out.

AR For The Naked Eye Transforms Outdoor Advertising

AR For The Naked Eye Transforms Outdoor Advertising

Innovation Media

London-based media technology startup Lightvert has created a new method for using unexpected and unusual locations. Lightvert’s ECHO technology projects images into the air. Moreover, the images are particular to that location and cannot be seen even a few feet away from the optimal viewing position.

The Parents Raising Their Kids On The Road

The Parents Raising Their Kids On The Road

Life World

What is it like to raise your kids on the road? Two families describe how they changed their children’s lives by showing them the world, while a mum-to-be explains why she plans to do just that with her six-month-old baby.

The Berwyn Incident

The Berwyn Incident

Long Reads Science

They made an improbable duo of UFO hunters— a plump Miss Marple and a gun-toting gamekeeper. The true story of their long-odds mission to solve the “Roswell of Wales” in Llandrillo, a small village built around a broad stream at the base of the Berwyn Mountains in North Wales.

Banksy’s Birmingham Reindeer Are An Artistic Miracle

Banksy’s Birmingham Reindeer Are An Artistic Miracle

Art

Banksy’s team of reindeer painted on a wall in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, pulling a bench that homeless people use as a bed, is rightly popular. Rather than exploit ‘the homeless’, this painting empowers rough sleepers to draw attention to their individuality.

Gennaro Panzuto: The Lancashire Hideaway Of An Italian Mafia Boss

Gennaro Panzuto: The Lancashire Hideaway Of An Italian Mafia Boss

Crime

People liked the gregarious charismatic Italian guy trying to grow pots of basil in the wind-swept chill of rural Lancashire. And Gennaro liked the caravan park because it was a good place to live quietly. It was a good place to hide from the truth written in blood on the streets of Naples.

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire

The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire

Business Videos

Michael Oswald’s film The Spider’s Web reveals how at the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions.

Joseph Ford

Inspiration
Joseph Ford
The Woman Who Lives 200,000 Years in the Past

The Woman Who Lives 200,000 Years in the Past

Life Long Reads

Lynx Vilden is a 54-year-old British expat who, for most of her adult life, has lived wholly off the grid. She doesn’t have cell service or WiFi. Until about ten years ago, Lynx also possessed no credit card, nor fixed address; her previous abodes had neither electricity nor running water.

Work, Protest And Play On The Streets Of Hackney

Work, Protest And Play On The Streets Of Hackney

History Photos

During the 1970s and first half of the 80s photographer Neil Martinson recorded the lives of those who lived and worked in Hackney, east London. At that time, children still played in the street and on old bomb sites yet to be developed.

Should We Abolish Private Schools?

Should We Abolish Private Schools?

Politics Videos

A disproportionate number of people who occupy the top jobs across the UK – from the prime minister and leading politicians to judges and entertainers – were privately educated. Campaigners who think this situation has gone on too long are asking why we have private schools and whether it is time to get rid of them.

Portrait Of A Place: Steel Town

Portrait Of A Place: Steel Town

Videos

Capable of producing nearly five million tonnes of steel each year, the steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales is the UK’s largest—and it’s currently losing £1 million each day. Here, London-based director Robin Mason talks about his portrait of the town at a vital moment in its history.

Why Aren’t Millennials Buying Homes?

Why Aren’t Millennials Buying Homes?

Economics Videos

In the UK, only one in four middle-income millennials are on the housing ladder. Twenty years ago,  65% of this group owned homes. What’s changed? Is it possible to buy a house without help? And with more people privately renting, what are the implications for starting families, retirement and society at large?

How Fish And Chips Migrated To Great Britain

How Fish And Chips Migrated To Great Britain

Explainers Food History

When Portugal fell under Spanish rule, the Inquisition targeted individuals with Jewish lineage. As religious violence worsened, many Jews fled Portugal and resettled in England, bringing with them culinary treasures founded in Sephardic cuisine—including fish. Peshkado frito was one of them.

Creatives Call For Mental-Health Warnings On ‘Toxic’ Magazines

Creatives Call For Mental-Health Warnings On ‘Toxic’ Magazines

Health Media

A creative team in London is hijacking the covers of celebrity and gossip magazines to raise awareness of the harmful impact that media can have on people’s mental health. They were inspired by news that hair salons across the UK have boycotted “toxic” gossip magazines following the death of presenter Caroline Flack.

Britain’s Collapsing Coastline

Britain’s Collapsing Coastline

Nature Videos

Coastal erosion is occurring along 17 per cent of the UK coastline. The worst affected is the town of Happisburgh in Norfolk, predicted to lose the most land over the next 20 years.

Photographer Toby Coulson Stirs Up Intrigue In The Ordinary

Photographer Toby Coulson Stirs Up Intrigue In The Ordinary

Photos

With a portfolio spanning multiple photographic genres, it seems like no subject is too daunting for Toby Coulson to document. It’s probably his insatiable interest in the beauty and strangeness of the ordinary that makes the London-based photographer’s work so charming.

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