Category: Culture

A decade at Glastonbury

It’s 2003 and I’m 15. I’m stood in a crowd of people who are heavy with anticipation, clinging on to my sister’s hand as we try to weave towards a giant cow, the meeting point we’ve agreed with our friends. Our progress is slow; everyone has their eyes focused on the stage, waiting for the encore. The iconic pyramid juts into the dark sky. A collective cheer raises up around me, sweeping me up. My sister, Emily, and I stop in our tracks as the first chords of Karma Police seep into the night. That Radiohead performance is still...

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German Christmas markets in Cologne

Like many German cities, Cologne (or Köln to use its German name) sparkles brightest at Christmas time, when its festive markets become the star attraction. This year are seven different markets dotted around the city, so there’s something for everyone, young and old. In each market you’ll find a happy throng of visitors and locals wandering among stalls selling wooden toys, tree decorations and woollen clothing; eating gingerbread and bratwursts and sipping from steaming mugs of glühwein (mulled wine) as they shop. Each market has its own unique glühwein mug, so you’ve the perfect excuse to try a drop...

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The Fire and Light Show

Our local market town’s youth club puts on a Fire and Light show every Halloween. The young people practice their circus and free-running skills all year under some great professional tuition. They learn clubs, staff and poi and many other circus skills. When they are proficient at the various skills they get trained up to use fire! The results of their amazing talent is shown below. The long exposures and dark backgrounds result in some abstract fire trails and blurry faces. Most of the performers shown here are between 15 and 18. The two photos of the ‘Catherine Wheel’...

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Boardmasters Surf Festival, Newquay by Lucy Yearham

From the desk of Lucy Yearham….. The weather was perfect as I walked around the headland from Crantock Bay and along to Newquay to photograph the Boardmasters. Lots of sun and a decent size surf meant that the competition was in full swing. Fistral beach was busier than usual with a crowd congregated at the east side where the competitors were to be found. Photographers were knee deep in the surf with tripods and large lenses, guys were perched on the rocks ready and waiting for the first of the competitors to head in. The rocks around Fistral looked...

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The Total Warrior Challenge: Endurance and Fun at Shap Abbey

I spent the weekend watching the Total Warrior event at Shap Abbey in Cumbria. The event is billed as one of the most extreme 10 km event in the world. The Saturday course is a 10 km race but with 25 punishing obstacles around the course to test the fittest amongst you! A Cumbrian terrain, 5 river crossings and 25 obstacles en route with names like The Human BBQ, Claustrophobe, Ball Breaker, Dunking Time and Muddy Funster… you can imagine! If that is not enough for you then the Sunday event is 10 miles. Some Total Warriors (idiots?) do...

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Hogsozzle: The perfect Glasto warm-up – Sun, music and hog

I’m standing in the middle of a sunny field. My head is bowed down in a crowd. A heavy bass-line thumps in time to my quickening heart beat. I scrabble around for a balloon filled of dry paint. Every time I think I see one, a burst of colour obliterates my vision. Yellow, orange, blue; by the time I raise my head to the sunshine I am a Pollock-esque masterpiece. I’ve just experienced the paint fight at Hogsozzle – an Indian Festival of Colours in a field near Stevenage. For those of you cursing your lack of ticket for...

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