• Ireland: Green Living on the Emerald ISle

    By on Aug. 30, 2013

    Green is as much a symbol of Ireland as Saint Patrick or the shamrock. However, while the colour often stands for environmental sustainability, Ireland is sadly lagging behind in this area. However the Emerald Isle is swiftly catching up, on two wheels! 

  • Nic Offer: 'Sonic Youth chose one of the best band names ever'

    By on Aug. 27, 2013

    If the American musician's mother hadn't forbidden her adolescent son from listening to Kiss on his tape recorder, he would probably never have discovered his passion for disco pop. Now he's been the frontman for Californian band !!! since 1995; the group released their fifth album, Thr!!!er, in April. From Nile Rodgers to Mickey Mouse, meet a singer with very diverse influences

  • 'Keep calm and call Lenin' - Monstration 2013

    By on Aug. 12, 2013

    Novosibirsk, the third-largest town in Russia with around 1.5 million inhabitants, is not exactly a cultural hub. Winter lasts for nine months of the year and the town is very isolated (3, 000km from Moscow, 5000km from the eastern border of the European Union), none of which serves to lighten the mood. But once a year, on 1 May, the town is transformed. We meet Artjom Lostukov

  • Pinnatta, just one of many Greek startups

    By on Aug. 2, 2013

    There's much more to Greece than neo-nazis, poverty and general strikes. A generation of young entrepreneurs, among them George Spanoudakis, are taking matters into their own hands

  • Latvia's vintage green businesses

    By on Aug. 2, 2013

    In the Baltic states you can find second-hand clothing for sale on every street corner. While for most people this is a simply a way to earn a bit of extra money, the second-hand sector (as seen in Britain) has been given a new lease of life by the Latvian initiative 'Otrā Elpa', whose founders use their shop to promote their vision of a more sustainable way of living

  • Urban farming: Cultivating Utopia in Greece

    By on July 19, 2013

    Faced with austerity measures, many Greeks, especially the younger generation, are finding themselves forced to turn to alternative lifestyles. I spent one Sunday in the utopian universe of a farm outside Athens, where beginners can learn everything they ever wanted to know about organic farming, but never dared ask - for free

  • Black Thursday: Paris squatters rise up

    By on July 9, 2013

    Paris - the city of romance, the city of rents. Over the past decade, the cost of renting in the French capital has risen by 50%, while thousands of homes lie empty. Jeudi Noir, which means Black Thursday, is a group of young French activists who are moving in: for the past few years the collective has been occupying vacant apartments in the city