It seems like an eternity ago already, but as a summary of the World Cup, I have loosely followed this Guardian piece’s format, but tumblr style, which just means a tonne of gifs.
And by the way, I picked the right horse at the start. Very proud of my German kin.
Match of the tournament: Germany v Brazil
Player of the tournament: James Rodríguez
Keeper of the tournament: Manuel Neuer
Goal of the tournament: Tim Cahill in Australia v Netherlands
Personal highlight: Colombia’s post-goal celebrations
Biggest disappointment: Diving
Innovations for 2018: No FIFA. And no third place playoff. Seriously, who cares.
Your Australian-South Korean friend takes you to a North Korean restaurant in Kathmandu and doesn’t tell you what you are eating, so you accidentally eat fried pig skin thinking it is some sort of strange, chewy pickle, after having been a vegetarian for over 11 years. I have been violated! Is vegetarianism like being an alcoholic at Alcoholics Anonymous; once you break your sobriety, you go back to counting from day one?
Last night I played ultimate frisbee (I think I’m improving; some notable interceptions and points scored by yours truly) with friends at the American Club, before dinner at a restaurant run and owned by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (aka North Korea). Apparently, it is incredibly difficult to be a vegetarian in Korea, particularly when your friend neglects to point out all the meat items. I did also note that I felt like I was literally funding the purchase of Kim Jong-Un’s fur coats by patronising a North Korean government-run establishment. Rather famously, last year, a number of waiting staff (who are brought over from North Korea to work in the restaurant) did a runner and claimed asylum. Now, all the staff live in dormitories above the restaurant. And when some of my fellow diners tried to ask them about North Korea, they went very silent.
The Gurung tribespeople of Nepal have been collecting honey from Himalayan cliffs for centuries, but now their lifestyle is under threat from commercialisation and tours offering visitors a chance to ‘join a honey hunt’. Photographer Andrew Newey spent two weeks living with the Gurung in central Nepal, documenting the risks and skill involved in this dying tradition