On 26th September 2016, a peace deal was signed between the Colombian government and the country’s biggest rebel army, Farc. For our latest issue we spoke to Spanish photographer Alvaro Ybarra Zavala, who spent 15 years documenting the different sides of the 52-year-old civil war. Here are some of his stunning photos and the stories behind them.
When Omar Mateen walked through Orlando’s Pulse nightclub spraying bullets in the early hours of Sunday 12th June he killed 49 people and wounded 53 more. It was the worst massacre of gay people in living memory – and the deadliest mass shooting in US history. For three hours the world’s media fixated on the horrifically bloody siege; it was reported as yet another in a succession of “lone-wolf” terrorist atrocities committed as a display of fealty to Isis, and Mateen’s actions prompted widespread revulsion, condemnation – and solidarity.
Our analysis of whether being elected by the people pays off for prime ministers when it comes to the length of their tenure.
This infographic was published in issue #24 of Delayed Gratification. Check out what else is inside here, pick up a copy in our shop, or take out an annual subscription with promo code ‘SOCIAL20′ and we’ll send you the issue for free.
The circle of low, leaf-covered, beehive-shaped homes deep in the Dzanga-Sangha forest of south-western Central African Republic (CAR) has been quiet all day. But now, as the community of Ba’aka pygmies return from their daily hunt, voices echo through the encampment and fires are stoked, sending wisps of smoke up into the canopy.
Agati, a pygmy woman in her 20s, drops a small forest antelope onto the ground from her bare shoulders. She grabs a cleaver and sets about butchering the animal with powerful, muscled arms. She has also brought home a live tortoise from the hunt: threading twine between its shell and body, she passes it to a small boy to hang on a tree, where it will remain until she is ready to prepare it for her family.
In every issue of Delayed Gratification we calculate how many trees were felled to bring celebrity gossip stories to the newsstands – here are our latest findings.
This edition of Celebrity Tree Count was published in issue #24 of DG. Find out what else was inside the issue, buy it in our shop, or subscribe now with promo code ‘SOCIAL20′ and we’ll send you the issue for free.
While Bristol is known as one of the major independent magazine powerhouses in the UK, something’s brewing in nearby Bath as well.
We spoke to Daniel McCabe of Magalleria, Bath’s first dedicated magazine shop which now stocks more than 750 titles, about how they’re getting locals hooked on indie mags.
“I wasn’t supposed to be Prince’s muse. He always liked to find a female muse for every season of his work, and for the album Diamonds and Pearls the word was that he was looking for a set of identical twins. I’m not a twin, so that didn’t seem on the cards for me. I went along to audition as a back-up dancer for the Cream video. It just so happened that another dancer who auditioned, Lori Elle, looked a bit like me. When Prince saw us together he decided that we could work as the twins. With that a one-week job became two years of my life.
In issue #24 of Delayed Gratification, we told the incredible story of the ‘human shields’ who in 2003 took three double-decker ‘peace buses’ and a white London cab from London’s Tower Bridge to Baghdad in an effort to thwart an invasion of Iraq. By stationing themselves at strategically important places, the human shields hoped to prevent coalition forces from dropping bombs on these locations.
Among the passengers were photographer Julian Simmonds and Joe Letts, the owner of two of the double-deckers and the cab used during the trip. Here Letts tells the story behind some of Simmonds’ shots that didn’t make it into the print magazine.
In the six years since we launched DG we’ve created no fewer than five festive infographics looking at the data behind Christmas.
Normally, we don’t publish these infographics until March – when Christmas is but a dim and distant memory – but now that we have a bit of a back catalogue on the topic, we thought we’d share it to help you get in the festive spirit.
DG #24 came out a few weeks ago and – as always – we’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing Instagram pictures of happy subscribers poring over their brand new copy. For each issue, we reward the best pic of DG in the wild with a copy of How to be evil. If you want a chance to win the book, just tag us on Instagram so we can see your photo. We’re at dg_quarterly. For a little inspiration, here are the best shots of our previous issue.
The first step of developing a new psychoactive drug is surprisingly boring. It doesn’t involve Bolivian backwoods teeming with armed guerillas or the shaman-led sourcing of rare plants on high mountains. All it really requires, according to Dr Zee, is a decent grasp of chemistry and a whiteboard.
And he should know. Dr Zee is the most prolific inventor of what are known as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), chemical compounds designed to mimic the effects of more traditional drugs such as cocaine and MDMA. Until recently, many of these substances were legal in the UK: Dr Zee first took the UK market by storm when he rediscovered Mephedrone – a compound first synthesised in 1929 – in 2003. Also known as Meow Meow and M-cat, the stimulant produces a similar effect to ecstasy. In its heyday, before it was listed as a Class B drug and banned in 2010, Dr Zee estimates that about a tonne of the stuff was sold every week in the UK alone.
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