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Horns of a dilemma
Posted on: Sunday, November 19, 2017 Category: Cultures

The rhino is targeted by a posse of pick-ups. The lead vehicle accelerates across the grassland, the driver slews to a halt and, standing in the back, I watch as a silver gun barrel pokes through the open window on the passenger side. The rhino, in a group of three, takes a shot to the hindquarters. She swerves and staggers then runs for her life. While we wait for her to drop, the woman who pulled the trigger jumps from the Land Cruiser and lights up a cigarette.

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'Overpaid, oversexed and over here'
Posted on: Thursday, July 20, 2017 Category: Cultures

All that's left are ghostly traces. Nissen huts incorporated into farm buildings, runways pushing up through East Anglian soil. Outside the Suffolk village of Horham, near Diss, there's a patch of concrete where feet once jitterbugged to Glenn Miller and his Army Air Force Band. Suddenly I was hearing A String of Pearls among the sugar beet and cereals.

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For Guernica read Aleppo: why the bombing, and painting, still resonate
Posted on: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 Category: Cultures

My two companions, Edorta Jiménez and Irati Agorria, show me a machine built for noise and it reduces me to silence. For this is one of the air-raid sirens that sounded 80 years ago - on April 26, 1937 - as German and Italian planes bombed the Basque market town of Guernica (Gernika in the Basque spelling) in the Spanish Civil War.

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