The birth of the water baby

Warren Fyfe

In 1977, a state hospital near Paris began quietly changing the way women gave birth. Obstetrician Dr Michel Odent believed that childbirth had become too medicalised and he wanted a more natural approach. So he introduced a pool to ease the pain of labour and eventually some babies were even born in the pool. Witness [...]

Beaten up for being gay

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright James/ Dain Fifty years ago, gay sex between men in private was decriminalised in England and Wales. Despite this, hate crimes against gay people have persisted, and the number of attacks recorded by police has been rising. There were 7,194 in England and Wales in the year to April 2016. Campaigners say this [...]

The man who has focused on one word for 23 years

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images It’s 26 years since Yugoslavia broke into pieces and the republic of Macedonia came into being. In all that time, the new country has lacked an official, internationally agreed name, because of Greece’s objections to the name “Macedonia”. And for nearly all of that time, explains Alex Marshall, one man has [...]