Mixed-race couple: ‘The priest refused to marry us’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Phil Coomes Trudy and Barclay Patoir met during World War Two at a time when mixed-race relationships were still taboo. More than 70 years later they reveal the obstacles they had to overcome to stay together. When Trudy Menard and Barclay Patoir told friends and family they were going to get married, no-one [...]

Why I sleep in a fortress in the woods

Warren Fyfe

The Surrey Hills in south-east England have been designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They might also be home to the fifth largest onshore oil deposit in the whole of the UK. An energy company has won a long-running legal battle to undertake exploratory work there. But local residents and environmental activists have forged [...]

‘I saved commuter who dropped her phone on tracks’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Alamy The powerful lure of smartphones has created a heads-down culture in many public places. John Mervin in New York came across someone who just might benefit from a little digital detox. I’d never saved someone’s life before, so I wasn’t sure of the protocol. Speechless incomprehension on my part didn’t seem appropriate. [...]