“I knew I was going to have to take every moment I could to stop and enjoy it, but I also knew it was going to be a ton of work,” says Yuan. As well as pumping out Instagram updates, photographs and a print column each week, Yuan learned last-minute that she’d be organising most of the transport and accommodation herself. “It wasn’t until two days before I left that I realised that would mostly be on me,” she says. “I was constantly trying to get to the next place but also writing about the previous place.” … [Read more...] about They got their dream job away from it all – but what happened next?
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Ystalyfera landslip: Family's 'limbo' after appeal loss Landslip-hit homeowners' appeal bid fails Geological surveys had already warned that there was a very high risk of more landslides in the area, with an "immediate risk to life" on Cyfyng Road. … [Read more...] about Appeal over Ystalyfera landslip evacuation refused
What next for homes hit by landslip?Thousands of tonnes of rock, soil and trees first slipped down the hillside behind the houses in 2012, with a further two landslides this year, causing some gardens to drop away. … [Read more...] about Ystalyfera landslip ‘could cost council millions’
In The Secret Guests, BW Black – AKA Benjamin Black, AKA Irish novelist John Banville – gussies up a wartime rumour of royal jiggery-pokery into a fanciful yarn that has just enough plausibility to see it home. Time was when such speculative mischief might have given them conniptions at the palace; nowadays the royals are surely too busy tearing their own reputation apart to notice a mere commoner having a dig. … [Read more...] about The Secret Guests by BW Black review – John Banville’s royal yarn
The retreat from political engagement is a symptom of a drift to the right. Looking back on his youthful radicalism in Here Lies, Ambler wrote: "If the term fellow-travellers had been used in its present pejorative sense at the time I think that many of us could well have been described in that way." The tone of regret is disappointing - what does he have to apologise for? - but hardly surprising in a memoir written both at and in a more conservative age (Ambler was by then living in tax exile in Switzerland). The first novel he wrote after the second world war, Judgment on Deltchev (1951), about a Stalinist show trial in eastern Europe, provoked a flurry of hostile responses from former comrades. He received angry letters accusing him of being "a traitor in the class-war struggle, a Titoist lackey and an American imperialist cat's paw". But some of those who were outraged by his treachery must have been among those who left the Communist party of Great Britain in droves five years … [Read more...] about Dangerous games