Ethnic Groups in Europe

Swede revenge in the England camp, now for Donetsk

This was no way to run a tight ship on a passage to the edge of Europe. I am sure the great course plotters, Marco Polo, Christopher Columbus, Ferdinand Magellan among them, were not obsessively results-driven like this Euro 2012 explorer.

Sunday, 17 June, 2012, 12:00am

People of the deer

In the far north of Russia lives a clan of reindeer herders called the Nenets. Their home is the Siberian tundra - a cold, windy landscape where trees cannot grow. The Nenets have a nomadic lifestyle, moving their vast herds of animals over thousands of kilometres.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Meet the Roma

If you read romance, fantasy or horror stories, chances are you've heard about Gypsies. In fiction, they are portrayed as fiery nomads, often criminals, who have magical powers to curse people. Their ability with horses is legendary.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Equality commissioner slams civil service for racial stereotyping

The Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) says a government questionnaire on race for civil servants should be changed because one of the questions makes blanket assumptions about how a person's skin colour denotes their nationality.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Karadzic is a victim of the EU's soft power

Radovan Karadzic's disguise was quite elaborate, but he didn't spent the past 13 years hiding from the Serbian authorities. They knew where he was all along.

29 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Jasmine Dellal

Towards the end of When the Road Bends ... Tales of a Gypsy Caravan, Jasmine Dellal's documentary about an ensemble of Romany musicians and dancers on a world tour, the camera zooms in on a note that a a receptionist at an American hotel has written: 'Watch out for the Gypsy's [sic]. They barely speak English, and they are scary. They look at you kind of funny.

12 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Russian ensemble brings folk traditions to life

To most of us, Russia is a cold, grey, mysterious place. Yet within this vast territory, to the northeast of Moscow, there is a region with a cultural coherence created by those who lived there in the middle ages.

27 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Don't forget that Italy won the World Cup

I find many stories relating to the World Cup at times amazing, amusing and sad.

It is unbelievable how some people treated the issues, sometimes showing a total lack of fair play and respect for the legitimate winners (ie: Italy, just as a reminder to those people).

15 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Language point

The thieves are victims themselves, from a rising number of children from poor eastern European countries smuggled into the wealthy West and forced to steal ... Some are sent to the West by parents who hope they will do better ... The easing of visa requirements for some eastern European countries has made it easier to smuggle them into countries like Austria.

14 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

On their best of British behaviour

You may have heard it said that actor Hugh Grant is the quintessential Englishman. Polite and reserved, slightly foppish, unsure of himself, self-deprecating, good-natured ... and pretty useless.

With that bumbling Four Weddings and a Funeral style of socially shooting oneself in the foot, he seems to sum up much of the English character.

6 Jun 2004 - 12:00am


Herd times

23 Dec 2003 - 12:00am

Putin fears southern discomfort

WHEN VLADIMIR PUTIN and President Jiang Zemin signed their 'friendship and co-operation' treaty this week in the Kremlin's gilded Marble Hall, the Russian President might have been motivated in part by a quite different emotion: fear of Chinese invasion.

21 Jul 2001 - 12:00am

Time for celebration as terror makes way for freedom

'I'm watching the Yugoslav Parliament burning. Turn on the television quick.'

These words, relayed on the phone by a friend, stopped my heart late on Thursday night. Words I could not believe were true until I saw the images myself.

7 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain . . . all will be explained

Could it be possible for certain types of prehistoric creatures to have survived the disaster that wiped out the dinosaurs millions of years ago? Every animal today descended from a creature that survived that disaster. That is how mammals came to rule the world.

5 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Roots of English like a soup

Irecently visited the Roman remains at the city of Bath in England. There is a hot spring at this city, with hot water bubbling out from a fault in the rocks. People have long thought of this as a magical and mystical occurrence, and the Romans built a temple at the place. They also built a public bath-house, with the baths fed by the hot water of the spring.

4 Dec 1998 - 12:00am