Amelia Gentleman

Amelia Gentleman

Amelia Gentleman

 

One million face famine after rats feast on crops

Amelia Gentleman

The people of Mizoram, a tiny, remote state of north-east India, have known for the past 48 years that they would face famine in 2008. Confirmation came last November when the local species of bamboo that dominates the state's landscape began to burst into flower. A plague of rats rapidly followed.

Laziness-at-work guru to be disciplined

Amelia Gentleman

Those who dedicate their professional lives to idleness should do so with discretion if they hope to keep their jobs. This is one message in Hello Laziness: The Art and Importance of Doing the Least Possible at Work, an anarchic anti-business bible published in France.

CD theft not all that Nice for U2

Amelia Gentleman

Irish rock band U2 are up in arms over the suspected theft of their latest album. Although a rough cut of their latest material, the implications of the disc falling into the wrong hands, and onto the internet, could be severe. Jamie Wilson and Amelia Gentleman report.

Taking the Mickey

Amelia Gentleman

Midday on the hottest August day recorded in Paris and Dominique has no customers for his ice-cold bottles of water. Nearby, in the chilled interior of the Rendez-Vous with the Stars restaurant, most of the tables are empty. Iraq fallout, strikes and forest fires have kept Americans and Europeans away from Disneyland.