The Italian highlanders who may have Scottish roots

Warren Fyfe

Thousands of Italians emigrated to Scotland in the 20th Century, but it seems that 400 years earlier a group of Scots may have settled in a village in the Italian Alps. So local legend has it… And there are plenty of signs to suggest that maybe, just maybe, it’s true. High up in the mountains [...]

Feeling 1% more ‘Elvis’ in a little town in Germany

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Alamy It’s 40 years this month since Elvis Presley died. His Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee is a place of pilgrimage for fans – but so too is a German town which, as Rob Crossan found, is very proud of its connection to the King of Rock and Roll. The street was the [...]

Kenya election: The men of violence making a fresh start

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Kevin Ouma Image caption Edward: Growing up in Dandora there was little time for fun and games The world watched in horror as violence swept across Kenya 10 years ago, in the wake of a contested election. A decade later, two men heavily involved in that violence have united to try to prevent [...]

Walls of water: Hokusai and the Great Wave of Camberwell

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Paul Kerley A sell-out exhibition at the British Museum has proved once again the popularity of Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai, whose Great Wave is said to be the world’s most reproduced image. One mural in south London was nearly wiped out when a drug lab exploded next door, but as Alex Marshall explains, [...]

Sparks fly over Kazakhstan’s naked flight attendants ad

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Chocotravel Image caption Gratuitous sexism or clever advertising? A controversial advertising campaign for a Kazakhstan travel company has created a buzz today, generating a lot of reaction across social media. The short clip which aims to promote flights on a travel website has been shared on Facebook more than 71,000 times and viewed [...]

YouTube child protection mechanism ‘failing’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images YouTube’s child protection mechanism is breaking down, according to some of the company’s volunteer watchdogs. There’s a constant anxiety that those seeking to abuse or groom young children will use social media to reach them – and YouTube is aware of the problem. The video-sharing site has a special network of [...]

7 days quiz: What has Tinder asked users to stop sharing?

Warren Fyfe

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world over the past seven days? If you missed last week’s quiz, try it here Picture credits: Getty Images; BBC; AFP Join the conversation – find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-40819577

Who is the Turkmenator and what is a Russian socialite doing at a shipyard?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright TURKMEN TV ALTYN ASYR Image caption The ‘Turkmenator’ loads his weapon A video featuring Turkmenistan’s president displaying his military prowess has been gaining traction on social media – but not for the reasons you might think. The country’s opposition website Khronika Turkmenistana edited a state TV video of President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov demonstrating his [...]

She rang me as bombs fell… Then she vanished

Warren Fyfe

Late last year, the BBC’s Mike Thomson received a desperate call from a bomb shelter in the Syrian city of Aleppo. It came from head teacher and mother of three Om Mudar, who pleaded for help getting her terrified family out of the rebel-held part of the city. When Thomson was unable to make contact [...]

How one man built a $51m theme park for his daughter

Warren Fyfe

A father from Texas realised there were no theme parks where his disabled daughter could play. So he decided to build one. Gordon Hartman had just got out of the swimming pool on a family holiday, when his 12-year-old daughter Morgan went up to some children playing in the water. She tried to make friends [...]