We’ve been tracing the Syrian conflict since its early beginnings in the Arab Spring, and have followed it from Syrian refugee camps in Jordan, to Belgian mothers who lost their sons to jihad in Syria, to the image of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh in an ambulance
The numbers coming out of Syria had started to lose their power to shock. The country’s conflict had raged for more than 2,000 days, leaving 250,000 dead and 11 million – over half the pre-war population – displaced. But one image brought the realities of the fighting in Syria back home to the world with a sickening crash. Five years old, dazed and disorientated, Omran Daqneesh sat mutely in the back of an ambulance, struggling to comprehend what had happened to him. Minutes earlier he’d been asleep at his home in the Qaterji neighbourhood of Aleppo. After an airstrike by Syrian or Russian aircraft on the opposition-held area, the walls had started to crumble around him.
Omran’s plight was captured by cameraman Mustafa al-Sarout. “That day was very scary,” he tells us, three months later. “As the sun went down the shelling became more intense. I was almost hit by a mortar while on my way to the area where I found Omran.” When al-Sarout arrived he found a neighbourhood in ruins. The building where the Daqneesh family had once lived had partially collapsed, trapping them inside. The home next door was completely destroyed.
Gareth Southgate has just been confirmed as the new manager of the England football team, but can he take his place among the greats? We’ve crunched the numbers to work out the country’s best manager of all time, statistically speaking. Here’s who you’ve got to beat, Gareth…
This infographic appears in DG #24, which will arrive with our subscribers from 5th December. Not joined the Slow Journalism revolution yet? Take out an annual subscription to Delayed Gratification today with promotion code ‘SOCIAL20′ and we’ll send you the issue for free.
Our 24th issue – which will mark our sixth birthday – has been signed off and is going on the presses today. There’s some excellent long-form Slow Journalism in there, including a story on the people who drove three double-decker buses to Iraq hoping to stop the 2003 invasion, a return to Turkey three months after the failed coup and stunning images from a photographer who spent years covering the Colombian conflict.
In our research for the issue, we stumbled across some fantastic facts which unfortunately didn’t make it onto the pages. Here are five of them.
Here’s a small sample from the ten-page Olympics infographics extravaganza we’re publishing in DG#24, which has just gone to press. In it we reimagine what the Rio 2016 medals table could have looked like if some tweaks had been made to the judging criteria of the Games…
This infographic is taken from issue #24, which will be out on 5th December. Not a subscriber yet? We’ll send you the issue for free if you take out an annual subscription with promotion code ‘SOCIAL20′.
Tim Dixon, a friend of Jo Cox and co-founder of the Jo Cox fund, on an incredible woman and the difference she made
Taken from DG #23, published in September 2016
“The night before Jo was shot I was having dinner in London with her husband, Brendan, and the director of Hope Not Hate, an organisation set up to combat extremism. In Jo’s constituency, Batley and Spen, 40 percent of police referrals for the threat of radicalisation were for far-right extremists and we were discussing how toxic the EU referendum debate had become. Not for a moment did we think Jo or any other politician was under an immediate threat. It just didn’t seem like something that would happen in Britain.
The following day I was with Brendan again, having lunch, when he got the call to say that Jo had been attacked. It was clear that it was serious and he rushed to get a train to be with her. I raced home and turned on the TV. Within 15 minutes the news reports were all about Jo. I thought she must have been caught up in something, maybe she stepped in to save somebody – that is something she would do. It didn’t cross my mind that somebody had deliberately targeted her, she was too good a person. As the story unfolded we realised with horror what had happened. Jo was gone.
King Dmitry Zhikharev is sitting at his table in Moscow gazing intently at three PC screens: one displays work emails, stock prices and company info; another is dedicated to comedy websites; the final screen is devoted to King Dmitry himself, with alerts triggered every time somebody mentions his name or the kingdom he claims is his. Dmitry is waiting for his rival ruler to show up online. It took a lot of patience to make this talk between two kings possible, including a whole series of unanswered letters. Behind the Russian king stand two reporters from the pro-Kremlin television channel NTV who are keen to capture the summit. Finally, they hear the familiar electronic burble as the man they’ve been waiting for logs on to Skype. The king types a message.
It takes eight minutes to get an answer.
Jeremiah Heaton: “Hi! Are you going to call me today?”
Zhikharev: “Yeah, in one hour, is that ok?”
Heaton: “Yes. What channel is going to tape it?”
In our latest issue, we paid tribute to the legendary boxer and activist Muhammad Ali with a series of stunning photographs and infographics. Among them was this one, which visualises all 61 of his professional fights.
For more Muhammad Ali infographics, check out issue #23 of Delayed Gratification, which is available in our online shop. Or take out an annual subscription with promo code ‘SOCIAL20′ and we’ll send you the issue for free.
With just a week to go until we send DG #24 off to the printers, the issue – our best one yet – is coming together nicely. DG #24 promises to be an issue with a truly global scope, featuring stories on Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Guyana, Iraq and Colombia.
Here are some sneak previews: snaps taken over the shoulder of our art director Christian Tate. UK subscribers can look forward to receiving their magazine on or around 5th December, while international deliveries might take a bit longer. If you’d like to be one of the first to receive the issue, there’s still time to subscribe. We’ll throw in a free copy of our current issue as well if you use promotion code ‘SOCIAL20′.
It was the least dramatic car crash ever to make international headlines. On 14th February, a Lexus RX450h SUV drove down El Camino Real – the busy three-lane road that cuts through Mountain View, California – and signalled its intention to make a right turn onto Castro Street. It moved to the right-hand side of the lane and stopped behind some sandbags that had been laid out around a storm drain. The traffic lights turned green and the Lexus moved towards the centre of the lane to pass the sandbags.
A bus approached from behind the Lexus. It advanced, at 15mph. So did the Lexus – at just under 2mph. Clang. The bus hit the side of the Lexus, causing minor damage to its chassis and left front tyre. There were no injuries.
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