All in Shorts
Have you ever noticed how the world never seems to slow down? Everything always seems to happen at a breakneck speed. There are never enough hours in the day; never enough time to feel we are totally in control. It feels like if we can only finish that last job and we will finally be on top of everything, only to have that feeling snatched away when we realise there is always one more job to complete, always one more task to undertake.
The challenges of homelessness face every country on earth, and every community will include the unfortunate souls who have been left behind. The question is, why?
London is full of surprises. Sometimes, these surprises are hidden away from prying eyes, behind walls and high fences. But, just as often they are in the most obvious of place, in broad daylight for anyone to see, providing they look. The Palace of Westminster is just such a place.
Why are we so afraid of sharks? Despite their fearsome reputation, sharks have been treated pretty unfairly over the years. Consistently portrayed as a menace to humanity, the reality is that we pose far more of a threat to the sharks than they do to us.
The people of Havana really know how to look after their cars. They have to. With Cuba economically cut off from the rest of the world since the late 1950s, the cars on the road today are precisely the same cars which were on the road, way back then.
In a city as densely populated as Tokyo, life would be impossible without people learning to cooperate with their neighbours. Today, that sense of cooperation has become ingrained into the very fabric of society.
Run aground on a deserted beach in Ireland, the wreck of “Bad Eddie” has stood alone for over 40 years, a shell of its former self.
As hard as it might be to believe today, but when the iconic Flatiron Building first opened in New York, there were no female bathrooms.
Boxing is pure in Cuba. In a country where the pursuit of personal wealth is often seen as irrelevant, boxers don't train for money or fame. They know they will never see their names lit up in lights, or fight before an audience of adoring fans. Instead, they train for themselves to see what they can achieve.
On the 13th August 1961, the East Berlin authorities began constructing the Berlin Wall. A vast, physical barrier intended to divide the entire city of Berlin in two, it separated friends, families and communities for the next 28 years.
There is not a lot we can teach Mother Nature about design. When it comes to form, beauty, and function, she has pretty much got her act together. So when landscapers were deciding what to do with 250 acres of reclaimed land, right in the heart of Central Singapore, what better place to turn for inspiration, than Mother Nature herself.
At the height of their popularity, the gladiatorial contests held at the Colosseum were some of the most spectacular events Rome had ever seen. But they were also spectacularly expensive, and their cost ultimately led to the amphitheatre’s eventual demise.
In Amsterdam, it the bicycle which rules the streets, not the motor car. It is pedal power which moves the city, not oil.
As the sun rises over the Brandenburg Gate, it is impossible not to be swept up in the history that has been witnessed on this very spot.
History is everywhere in Athens. On every street you walk, chances are something within touching distance will be a thousand years old, or more. Ancient ruins are so commonplace, many are barely given a passing glance, as the modern city goes about its daily life.
After her husband, James Russell, passed away in 1848, Jane Smith Russell had this church built in his memory. Standing high over the "Poison Glen" of Dunlewey, in Ireland's County Donegal, the church has long fallen into disrepair.
The ocean covers more than 70% of our planet. Containing 97% of all our water, it is home to so much life we think we have only discovered a tiny percentage of what is out there.
The fishermen work, their words unspoken. Each one knows their role, each one knows the role of the other. They work in harmony, practiced, like a well oiled machine.
I have lost count of the number of times I have found myself standing on this very spot, staring up at Big Ben. It brings back so many childhood memories, as I remember the feelings of wonder and excitement, as I waited for the famous bells to chime.
Many years may have passed since those childhood days, but the those feelings are just as strong as they ever were.