Posts By: Andrea Kurland

Vintage disco: Franz Ferdinand return to the dancefloor


It’s strange to think that Franz Ferdinand’s self-titled debut was released all the way back in 2004. Back then, their electrifying, funk-infused indie was a shock to a worn-out system – reinvigorating a music scene that had previously been obsessed by thrashing guitars and mardy, mop-haired pin-ups. Nearly 15 years later, and the Glaswegian five-piece… Read more »

Striking snapshots of 1970’s New York

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In 1970, Daniel Patrick Moynihan convinced the Nixon White House to support a policy of “benign neglect,” wherein basic government services were systemically denied to cities across the United States with large African-American and Latinx populations. New York City quickly became the nation’s most famous victim of “urban blight” at the hands of the state…. Read more »

Portraits of the East’s monks, pilgrims & wanderers

Young Woman at a Horse Festival, Tagong, Tibet, 1999.

First published back in 2011, Steve McCurry’s Looking East is a breathtaking showcase of the photographer’s best portrait work. The images, which were shot during his extensive travels across Southeast Asia, focus on the region’s outsiders: from monks and children to pilgrims, wanderers and migrants. Like much of McCurry’s work, the collection teeters between the… Read more »

The complicated relationship between food & race in the UK


There’s no doubt that the food industry has a complicated relationship with race. Staples in kids of immigrants’ diets growing up in the West – like kimchi, turmeric and medjool dates – were once derided for being strange in school canteens. Yet now, they’ve been repackaged as trendy superfoods for the masses. While foods that… Read more »

Could the sea be destroying surfer’s immune systems?


In a day spent out on the waves, it’s nearly impossible not to swallow a mouthful of water – and while these salty gulps aren’t going to kill you, they may be laden with more than meets the eye. According to worrying new research, surfers are three times more likely to host antibiotic resistant bacteria… Read more »

Why is our generation refusing to let go of The Simpsons?

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When I was about 10 years old, my favourite thing to do on this earth was to eat a microwaved pizza cut into rectangular slices with ketchup and watch an old VHS tape of The Simpsons. Their neon-dipped universe was comforting and hilarious, and even though this video only had the same four grainy episodes,… Read more »

The myths surrounding your antidepressant meds

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Starting an antidepressant course for your depression or anxiety can be a weird and daunting prospect; kinda like jumping into a portal to an alternative self. Visions of disturbing side effects, loss of character and medical dependency may be bombarding your psyche, and worsening your angst ten-fold. Will my precious baby-making tools rot and fall… Read more »

Patagonia’s Worn Wear crew are here to save snow gear

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For Patagonia, repair is a radical act. Since launching in 2013, Patagonia’s Worn Wear programme has dedicated itself to ensuring that clothing – regardless of brand – stays in circulation for as long as possible. Be it through repair, reuse or – as a last resort, once garments have passed the point of saving – providing… Read more »

Shahla Yasini is leading a surf revolution in Iran


Ramin is a small village in the extreme south of Iran, located just a few miles away from the city of Chabahar. The region, known as Baluchestan, is the most remote in the country, and is known for its widespread levels of social deprivation. It’s here though, and here alone, that Iran currently offers a… Read more »

Lost and found: Aisha Badru maps her musical journey

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Upon graduating high school, Aisha Badru turned down two music scholarships. Shackled by the assumption that she’d never make it as an artist, the New Yorker landed at a college in the Bronx, miserable and a little lost. After sticking it out for three years, she finally made the decision – despite protests from her… Read more »

The artist unveiling the hidden history of Afghanistan

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Take a cursory glance at headlines of Afghanistan this week alone and you’d be forgiven for thinking that destruction, violence and hotel sieges are commonplace. Images circulated from fellow war-torn countries aren’t exempt either – rarely do they spotlight their rich history and culture and, in turn, encourage us to re-evaluate our existing assumptions. It’s… Read more »