Known, Knowing; A Spectrum Of You & Other Inspirations

I’m in an ethnic lounge bar in Armenia as the Syrian refugee beside me, Niz, explains how he was at the shops when his home collapsed, killing his brother, just two months earlier. A barrel bomb, its origins still unknown, was the culprit. His voice is steady, his tone sadly acceptant of the tragedy, the … Continue reading Known, Knowing; A Spectrum Of You & Other Inspirations

The Chaos & The Beauty; The Cash Crisis, A Kidnapping Evasion and Other Indian Contradictions

It’s 4.a.m when the iron shutters lining a dark alleyway are pulled up. The taxi driver and his associate usher me inside and pull the shutter down behind me. Inside, a black money market is operating, a few shady men lit up by the dim glow of computer screens where green letters and numbers fly … Continue reading The Chaos & The Beauty; The Cash Crisis, A Kidnapping Evasion and Other Indian Contradictions

The Session Will Find You / Part Two

The final straw of Arab Jerry Seinfeld’s behaviour breaks the camel’s resistance. The camel’s back breaks, legs buckling and folding spastically beneath it. Only you are the camel, and rather than your back breaking, you are strangling a Saudi Prince over a bar in Tbilisi. Simultaneously, yet through space, time, crumbling continuums, misshapen magnitudes and … Continue reading The Session Will Find You / Part Two

One For The Road

The blizzard descends as we climb into the mountains. Snow scythes sideways beneath the grey shrug of sky, cutting diagonal patterns of watery white across the windscreen. The Armenian marshrutka I’m sitting in slows behind a pile-up of cars. Ahead, a jack-knifed lorry blocks all three lanes of the motorway. The marshrutka driver tries to … Continue reading One For The Road

Drugs Rugs & Deeper Azeri Corruption

The night train pulls in as dawn breaks over Baku. Warm days, cold nights, the city jutting out into the Caspian Sea like the pier of the continent. Baku’s carpet museum, I think, is an excellent place to start looking into Azerbaijan’s role in Silk Road, the historical trade route that delivered us, in the … Continue reading Drugs Rugs & Deeper Azeri Corruption

Tbilisi Rising

The DJ detects the shift in atmosphere. Time to raise the tempo. Tech music fades away leaving space for disco to rise in its place. The surrounding fashion-conscious Georgians erupt in cries of adoration and flailing limbs, smiles visible on those who aren’t hiding behind Guy Fawkes masks. We’re pulsing again. We’re moving again. Tbilisi … Continue reading Tbilisi Rising