Echoes of an uncivil war

Conflict and political betrayal in late-1930s Barcelona left a lasting impression on both the city and a writer who knew it well: George Orwell. Words and pictures by Gary Jones.

Dishing the dirt

A muddy carrot led Tokyo chef Toshio Tanabe to experiment with soil as an ingredient. Julian Ryall samples his creations. Pictures by Alfie Goodrich.

Prepared for take off

Huangpu is a district of pigeon fanciers and the skies over Shanghai have seen birds racing back to their coops for the best part of a century. Words and pictures by Jonathan Browning.

Prepared for take off

The "cowboys" at liberal arts college Deep Springs may have been thwarted in their attempt to admit women but, with everything from ancient Greek to the butchery of livestock on the curriculum,...

Frill seekers

Feminine or architectural, ruffles are back with a vengeance this season.

Frill seekers

A visit to a designer’s apartment helped a couple find their own practical yet modern aesthetic.

Frill seekers

The local boy who came good in Hollywood took a while to realise acting was his calling. He tells Kenny Hodgart about his roles on and off the screen.

Frill seekers

The world was stunned last month by the sudden announcement that Pope Benedict XVI was standing down, the first pope to resign in almost 600 years.