Z IS FOR ZARAGOZA, SPAIN

A STORY WITH A LOSS OF ZEAL IN ZARAGOZA, SPAIN The atmosphere in the bullring was intoxicating, the crowd jeered and cheered. The pre-match entertainment ended and it was time for the real show to begin. Sitting high up in the oval theatre, looking down on the golden sand floor of the arena, Michael saw … Continue reading Z IS FOR ZARAGOZA, SPAIN

X IS FOR XANTHI, GREECE

A STORY OF A XENOPHILE IN XANTHI, GREECE Colourful ticker-tape blew all around as the parade made its way through the streets of Xanthi. Locals and tourists lined the route, cheering, waving and dancing along to the loud mix of music. Bright, garish and traditional costumes were everywhere. The atmosphere was intoxicating, and this was … Continue reading X IS FOR XANTHI, GREECE

V IS FOR VIENNA, AUSTRIA

A STORY OF VITUPERATION IN VIENNA, AUSTRIA ‘A poor turnout. I thought there would have been more.’ Steiner looked out over the square. Behind the protesters the Hofburg, the Presidential Palace, sat unperturbed, protected by the line of police in riot gear. ‘How many are you counting?’ Valentina scanned the gathering, ‘A few thousand, five … Continue reading V IS FOR VIENNA, AUSTRIA

U IS FOR UPPSALA, SWEDEN

A STORY OF UNDERUTILISATION IN UPPSALA, SWEDEN Sand could have taken a flight to Uppsala from Oslo and been there in under an hour, but these days he was in no rush. It had been a year since he had been put into semi-retirement. After the serial killer Dag Moen had disappeared into the Norwegian … Continue reading U IS FOR UPPSALA, SWEDEN

S IS FOR ŠIAULIAI, LITHUANIA

A STORY OF SUBSISTENCE IN ŠIAULIAI, LITHUANIA She threw the rock into the lake and watched the ripples spread across the calm surface. The warm sun beat down on her face. She lay back on the pebbled ground and closed her eyes, taking a draw from the cigarette she had smuggled away with her. How long … Continue reading S IS FOR ŠIAULIAI, LITHUANIA