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This issue marks Delayed Gratification’s 11th anniversary and, as ever, our birthday finds us in a reflective mood. We’re looking back to this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics (see p022 and p052), the history of planetary discovery (p078) and the 1980s teenagers who revolutionised computer games (p108). Quick go on Jet Set Willy, anyone?

In some cases our ability to take the long view is only possible thanks to the bravery of the journalists we work with.
After the Taliban encircled Kabul in August, many international correspondents took the decision to fly home. Charlie Faulkner chose to stay and bear witness to the actions of Afghanistan’s new regime. You can read her extraordinary story on this bruised and battered nation on p064.

This issue also sees us looking forward. As the world deals with the impact of climate change (see p034 for our report on a summer of extreme weather events), we wanted to do everything we can to minimise our own impact. We’re happy to announce that from this issue on, the production of the magazine will be carbon neutral. We also continue to print on woodfree paper from FSC-approved sources, use eco-friendly inks and send copies out in recyclable packaging.

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We hope you enjoy the issue,

Rob and Marcus, editors

A slower, more reflective type of journalism”
Creative Review

Jam-packed with information... a counterpoint to the speedy news feeds we've grown accustomed to”
Creative Review

A leisurely (and contrary) look backwards over the previous three months”
The Telegraph

Quality, intelligence and inspiration: the trilogy that drives the makers of Delayed Gratification”
El Mundo

Refreshing... parries the rush of 24-hour news with 'slow journalism'”
The Telegraph

A very cool magazine... It's like if Greenland Sharks made a newspaper”
Qi podcast

The UK's second-best magazine” Ian Hislop
Editor, Private Eye
Private Eye Magazine

Perhaps we could all get used to this Delayed idea...”
BBC Radio 4 - Today Programme