Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Remembering the ones that didn't come home

Speaking to former victims while putting together this piece, I had a very small glimpse of how horrific the life of a hostage is. At the time, the chances of the Baghdad Five (as they were then) being released seemed bright. The hope was punctured less than a week later with the discovery of the first bodies, those of Jason Cresswell and Jason Swindlehurst.

The release of Peter Moore is a triumph against all odds, and should be celebrated as such. But let us not forget the four men who did not return home. In all likelihood there was little that could have saved them once they were captured by the ideologically-driven lunatics of the Islamic Shia Resistance group - their status as Western security guards meant that survival was unlikely. Still, questions should be asked, and answered truthfully by those whose job is now to recover the body of Alan McMenemy.

Remember Jason Cresswell, Jason Swindlehurst, Alan McMenemy and Alec MacLachlan.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Hold on tight...

Someone's got a sense of humour at the Economist, as the last line of this story on Vietnamese currency shows:

"Memories of soaring inflation remain fresh, making savers loth to hold on to their dong."

Friday, 4 December 2009

Telegraph articles

Here's a sheaf of articles from my time on the Telegraph foreign desk:

Singaporean beauty queen caught with her pants down after a fraudulent lingerie-buying spree

Obama off to Copenhagen to win the 2016 Olympics for Chicago (whoops)

The tragic results of a crash involving a lorry-load of bees

Migrants arrested in the Calais Jungle clearances almost immediately released

The dark side of YouTube: viral internet murder in Chicago

The Telegraph's first report of the Conakry massacre

Where I've been

Sorry for the shamefully long pause in blogging. I've been busy, but that's not really an excuse for missing three months.

Here's what I've been up to in the meantime:

- Internship at the Telegraph. An amazing insight into how a top newsroom works that confirmed that journalism is exactly what I want to do.

- Moving to Berlin. I'm studying at the Freie Universitaet as part of my third year course and enjoying the chance to live in one of my favourite cities.

- Working as a stringer. I'm now NewsBase's man in Berlin, reporting on the German oil and gas industry. Since it's a subscription service, I can't publish sample articles here quite yet, though.

More posting to follow very soon.