The strange power of the ‘evil eye’

The strange power of the Evil eye When it comes to warding off the mystic malevolent forces of the world, there is perhaps no charm more recognised or renowned than the evil eye. Ubiquitous in its use, the striking image of the cobalt-blue eye has appeared not only in the bazaars of Istanbul, but everywhere […]

A 128 year old dating service

A 128 year old dating service

A 128 year old dating service On a chilly afternoon deep in northern Germany’s Dodauer Forest, 100km north-east of Hamburg, a postman wearing a bright yellow uniform was walking alone through the woods. When he reached a clearing, he rummaged through his bag and then slowly climbed a 3m-tall wooden ladder to deliver a purple […]

In Indonesia the day tens of millions of people go home

In Indonesia the day tens of millions of people go home

In Indonesia the day tens of millions of people go home Lebaran is one of the largest temporary human migrations globally, as workers return to their hometowns to celebrate with their families and to ask forgiveness from parents and elders. A humbling experienceIn July 2016, I – along with a group of 20 scientists and […]

The last surviving sea silk seamstress

The last surviving sea silk seamstress

The last surviving sea silk seamstress : 62-year-old Chiara Vigo slips on a white tunic, recites a prayer and plunges headfirst into the crystalline sea off the tiny Sardinian island of Sant’Antioco. Using the moonlight to guide her, Vigo descends up to 15m below the surface to reach a series of secluded underwater coves and […]