10 jokes from the Edinburgh Festival

Robert Garnham: Insomnia is awful. But on the plus side – only three more sleeps till Christmas. Dan Antopolski: Centaurs shop at Topman. And Bottomhorse. Paul Savage: Oregon leads America in both marital infidelity and clinical depression. What a sad state of affairs. Caroline Mabey: I’m very conflicted by eye tests. I want to get the answers right butContinue reading “10 jokes from the Edinburgh Festival”


Standing by the doorway I watch, in the paved courtyard in front of me, the individual deities performing their final pirouettes for the crowd, who warmly applaud each balletic finale. As the dancers pass by me, they are displaying the more human traits of tiredness and exhaustion, a result of performing in a heavily maskedContinue reading “Bhutan”

Lal Kach festival in Bangladesh – in pictures

During the Hindu Lal Kach festival in Dhaka, men and boys cover themselves in body paint and take part in processions through their local neighbourhoods wielding swords to ward off evil and welcome the Bengali new year 1424