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  • Cities of the North: Newcastle

    Cities of the North: Newcastle

    September 4th, 2018Thomas Rees
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    If you want to understand Newcastle you first need to understand its place in the world – that is, a long way from anywhere. The next major city is Leeds, two hours drive to the south. To the north, beyond Hadrian’s Wall, lie the Scottish borders. To the west, the windswept Northumberland moors. Head east and…

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  • Unsung Haiti: the Caribbean’s underrated musicians

    Unsung Haiti: the Caribbean’s underrated musicians

    February 6th, 2018Thomas Rees
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    As Haiti limbers up for carnival, writer and musician Thomas Rees meets the vodou singers, Haitian punks and producers shaping the nation’s underrated music scene.

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  • The best of Haiti: why the time to go is now

    The best of Haiti: why the time to go is now

    February 5th, 2018Thomas Rees
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    With its natural wonders, revolutionary history and captivating culture – informed by the vodou (voodoo) religion – Haiti is like nowhere else in the Caribbean. Look beyond the trash talk and the misconceptions and you’ll be richly rewarded. President Trump’s recent comments are just the latest in a long line of slurs directed at Haiti,…

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  • Brass band mayhem in the Balkans: Europe’s wildest festival

    Brass band mayhem in the Balkans: Europe’s wildest festival

    August 18th, 2017Thomas Rees
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    Every summer, Guča, a sleepy town in Western Serbia, becomes the loudest, most frenetic place in the Balkans. Thomas Rees watched the chaos unfold.

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