“Boris Nemtsov was a genuine man of principle. If something was morally wrong it affected him in a visceral way. In the 1990s he was deputy prime minister of Russia. Everyone else who has held that post went on to become a billionaire, some multi-billionaires. Nemtsov went in a different direction. Instead of taking the money he chose a life of abject misery that ultimately ended in him being shot for his principles. There’s no better definition of a hero than a person who chooses to forgo everything, including his life, for what he believes.
Alge Ramanauskiene is the founder of Love Note, an independent magazine retailer in Vilnius and our first stockist in Lithuania! An indie mag-maker herself, Alge is passionate about the scene and lovingly curates her two newsstands to bring the best of independent publishing to her hometown. We spoke to Alge about how Love Note came together, her favourite magazines and her plans for the future…
The latest issue of Delayed Gratification is at press, and we’re especially excited about this one – not just because we think DG #29 is one of our best yet, but because this time we’ll be getting to share what’s in the mag with you, face to face, at a special Slow Journalism Night in London on Thursday 22nd March.
“The GOES-16 (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) weather satellite is a big leap forward in technology. It scans the skies five times faster and has four times greater image resolution than the last generation of weather satellites. It’s like upgrading from an old black-and-white TV to a high-definition one.
The riot that broke out following a football match between Al-Masry and Al-Ahly, two rival clubs in the Egyptian Premier League, on 1st February 2012, resulted in 74 deaths – many of them occurring when police failed to open a stadium exit, trapping hundreds of Al-Ahly fans who were stampeding to escape. After a closure of six years, Port Said Stadium was opened again on 10th February 2018, when the Al-Masry team returned to their home ground to beat Green Buffaloes of Zambia 4-0 on the opening weekend of the African Confederation Cup.
The announcement took place in what looked and sounded like the opening night of a provincial nightclub. The darkened room, packed full of journalists, was filled with flashing blue lights and deafening techno which then segued into Brazilian beats to announce that the main act had arrived. The big video screens behind the desk at the front of the room flashed into life. “Welcome to Paris, Neymar Jr,” read the message.
In July 2017 the UK’s Office of National Statistics revealed that the British film industry was the second largest contributor to UK economic growth in the services sector, growing 8.2 percent in the previous quarter alone. To see what was driving Brit-flick success, in DG #28 we looked at the biggest films officially defined as “British” by the British Film Institute over the past 15 years.
The line between the living and the dead at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun is unexpectedly blurred. The complex, located in central Pyongyang, is often described as the holiest place in North Korea, a cross between a museum, a mausoleum and Mecca. It is dizzyingly vast. Once you pass through the reverentially quiet and beautifully landscaped gardens and their waterways filled with koi carp, you enter the huge palace to be met by dozens of soldiers and security officers.
There are a set of strict rules that must not be broken. A tie must be worn before you embark on the long journey along kilometres of marble corridors and slow-moving travelators. No electronic equipment, magnets or bank cards may be carried, and no photographs may be taken. Dust, too, is on the prohibited list. Rows of machines blowing sharp columns of air blast each visitor clean as they pass through into the inner sanctum.
At 12 noon on Monday 21st August 2017, Big Ben – the 161-year-old Great Bell inside the UK Parliament’s iconic clock tower – chimed its last before being taken out of commission for four years. As MPs wept patriotic tears outside the Palace of Westminster, we asked what could have led to this most egregious state of affairs? The answer, as our ‘Butterfly effect’ infographic from DG #28 illustrates, is 1066 and all that…
Transfer fees officially lost touch with reality on Tuesday 7th February 1922. “When will this folly on the part of football clubs come to an end?” demanded the Football Post. But it wasn’t describing a transfer by the big boys of the game – the Sheffield Uniteds or Preston North Ends. This was Falkirk FC, a team from a small town in central Scotland, who had just paid West Ham United a world record £5,000 for an England international called Sydney Puddefoot. “What is to be the limit?” continued the Post’s indignant editorial. “Is there to be a limit?”
Around a century later, it’s safe to say that if there is to be a limit, we haven’t reached it.
On 6th July 2017, the Lynx UK Trust announced it will apply for a trial to reintroduce lynxes to the wild. The project would be part of a global trend of rewilding – reintroducing species known to be extinct in a particular area. It has been 1,300 years since the big cats roamed wild in Britain – our infographic below illustrates how long six other animals waited for their comebacks.
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