Gareth Owen, Roger Moore’s biographer, manager and friend, remembers what it was like having Bond for a boss
Previously on ‘Interviews’
Our stunning cover art for DG #25 is courtesy of Oliver Jeffers, the acclaimed artist, illustrator, author and director. His picture books for children, including Stuck, Lost & Found and How to Catch a Star, have been translated into more than 30 languages while his fine art has been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery and Lazarides in London.
Marcus Webb spoke to him for our latest issue about the new US president and the quantum physics behind his landscape painting…
In DG #24, we published a long-form feature about life in Turkey three months after a coup attempt by the military was thwarted. Civilian resistance forced the military to back down on the night of 15th July, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan remained in power. But in the months that have followed, the sitting government has used the coup to tighten control over the country. A state of emergency – which allows Erdogan to rule by decree – has been in place since July and was extended by 90 days on 3rd January, tens of thousands of civil servants including teachers, academics, members of the judiciary and the security forces have been dismissed or suspended and there are now more journalists in prison in Turkey than in any other country.
Constanze Letsch, who wrote the piece, has been reporting from Turkey for nearly a decade. We asked her how the crackdown has affected her ability to be a journalist in the country. Here’s what she told us.
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.
Fake news is big news. The election of Donald Trump has thrown the large-scale dissemination of hyper-partisan stories – ranging from misleading to completely incorrect – into the limelight. President Obama talked “almost obsessively” about the BuzzFeed story that Macedonian teens were running pro-Trump fake news sites to make some extra cash. Meanwhile, one piece of analysis found that 38 percent of posts on three right-wing Facebook pages contained false or misleading information, while on three left-wing pages it was 19 percent.
Behind both of these scoops was journalist Craig Silverman, who has kept tabs on misinformation and fake news since the early 2000s. We asked him about the recent surge of nonsense spreading online – and what we can do to stop it in its tracks.
Our phones travel with us everywhere we go. And they send out data everywhere we go, although often we have no idea what the data consists of or who it’s going to.
Two years ago, Geoff White of Channel 4 News worked on an award-winning series of reports called Data Baby, which saw him create a fake online identity and track the information that flows to and from a smartphone. The results were startling – in one 24-hour period the phone sent out more than 144,000 packets of information to over 300 servers around the world. Next week, White will team up with Glenn Wilkinson of security firm Sense Post to present a show in which audience members’ phones are hacked – with their permission, of course – to show what our technology gets up to behind our backs.
We spoke to White to find out more…
Joris Luyendijk knew almost nothing about London’s financial sector when he started running the Guardian’s banking blog in 2011. It made him perfect for the job. In the wake of the financial crisis, then-Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger asked Luyendijk to create something which would serve as a layman’s guide to the often opaque world of banking.
Hoping to find out who or what had triggered the financial meltdown that started in 2008 (in the opening paragraph of his book, Luyendijk equates London’s financial district to an airplane with an empty cockpit), and whether the sector has been reformed enough to prevent another crash from happening (Luyendijk asserts that bankers went back to business as usual in no time), Luyendijk interviewed around 200 people working in London’s City. In his new book Swimming with sharks, he collates his findings and reaches his sobering conclusions. We spoke to Luyendijk about his self-styled brand of “deep journalism” and what he took away from two years immersed in London’s City. Here’s what he told us…
The very first issue of Delayed Gratification back in 2010 featured the work of Shepard Fairey on the cover. Five years later, we are very excited to announce that our 20th issue of the magazine will do so once again. Ahead of the new issue we spoke with the LA-based artist and creator of the iconic Obama ‘Hope’ poster about art, politics and his first New York exhibition in half a decade.
Jamie Etheridge was the first journalist to be allowed into the Shiite Imam al-Sadiq mosque in Kuwait city, a month after a suicide bomber killed 26 people there on 26th June 2015. The perpetrator was Saudi national Fahad Suleiman al-Gabbaa, a member of the Isis-affiliated Najd Province group. In DG #19, Etheridge tells the story of a traumatised and grief-stricken religious community, and a Kuwaiti population uniting to reject sectarian hatred.
At the mosque, Etheridge shot some exclusive footage for us. Here are some of her recordings and her recollection of walking through the devastated shrine.
For DG #19, which will be out very soon, we sent journalist Vidhi Doshi to visit Port El Kantaoui, the Tunisian beach resort where 38 tourists lost their lives in a terror attack on 26th June. Two months after the massacre, Doshi found an eerily quiet place where the locals were in a state of profound shock: we asked her about the experience of reporting from a ghost town
In issue #18 of Delayed Gratification, our associate editor Matthew Lee interviewed four people whose lives were affected by the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January: Lars Vilks, the controversial Swedish cartoonist who’s in hiding following an apparent copycat attack in Copenhagen in February; writer and filmmaker Rokhaya Diallo, who as a French Muslim experienced her loyalty to her country being repeatedly brought into question; and Simone Rodan-Benzaquen, the head of the American Jewish Committee in France, whose organisation worked closely with French Jews following the anti-semitic attack on a Paris kosher supermarket.
We also spoke to Joachim Roncin, the magazine designer whose life changed in the click of a button when the logo and phrase he created minutes after news broke of the Charlie Hebdo shootings – ‘Je suis Charlie’ – spread throughout the world on social media.
We spoke to Roncin three months after the attacks. This is his story.
One hundred and twenty pages – that’s the amount of space we have per issue to digest the news of the previous three months. And with every issue, it turns out that 120 pages is not quite enough.
There are always stories we’d like to cover, but which don’t make the final cut. An example: On 17th March it was announced that the remains of Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra had been found in Madrid’s Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, nearly 400 years after his death. The bones of the Don Quixote author had been lost for centuries. We spoke to archeologist Almudena García Rubio, who coordinated the multidisciplinary project, about what it’s like to be looking for a 400-year-old corpse, and why it was important enough to warrant a year-long search that came with a price tag of €100,000.
In the end, we unfortunately couldn’t squeeze the interview into the print magazine, which is why we wanted to share it with you on the blog. Here’s what García Rubio told us.
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