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21Jan2015

Gifts for a Destination Honeymoon

Sunset at a private dining cabana in the Oberoi Mauritius.

The etiquette around destination weddings is complicated. In many parts of the world, it’s assumed that, by the time you’ve bought tickets and hotel rooms for a week in the sun, plus a beach-friendly wedding outfit (not really a wardrobe staple in the UK), your presence is gift enough. But that’s not always the case. […]

02Sep2010

Buffalo Soldiers: Living for Death in the Tana Toraja

Funeral buffalo sacrifice, eyes open, throat slashed, dying in a pool of its own blood on the grass. Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia.

“Are funerals like this in London?” asks my new Torajan friend. The dead man’s drum-shaped coffin emerges from the matrimonial bedroom where he has “slept”, preserved in formalin, with his family for the last eight months. Now he has left the house, he is finally dead, his soul winging its way towards the afterlife. “Not […]