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From Belfast to Zagreb: My week as a volcano refugee

Sitting in Dublin and watching British televisions talk of the problems with volcano ash was a pretty torturing experience. Gordon Brown was explaining that “money was not an issue”, that he had sent the Royal Navy to help those trapped in Spain, that he had arranged a larger number of trains with the French and … Continue reading

Stuck in Belfast for my birthday: There must be worse things than this

It was Thursday morning and in my inbox there was a message from Rocky, a music producer who is in Belfast revered as a kind of semi-god, as I am told that all local bands want to work with him. We were supposed to meet that afternoon for an interview on a story about the … Continue reading

The Dalai Lama and me: How I botched an exclusive interview

For a day on which I was blessed by the Dalai Lama, Tuesday was a spectacularly bad one. One mishap followed another. I was penniless, hungry and thirsty in a foreign country, my photographer abandoned me to complete strangers, and they left me on a bus stop on the outskirts of the city. In the … Continue reading

Can you legally download music in Croatia?: Life behind the Great Music Firewall

These are roughly translated excerpts from a story I wrote for the Croatian edition of the Forbes. Continue reading