I recently filmed reportage at the March for Europe in London, prompting a few messages from some asking why I was ‘promoting’ a pro-EU event. Well, my own politics have always been clear on this matter – I don’t support, or even like, the EU, for any number of reasons.
However, when filming reportage, I always try to stay objective, and the answers of those I interviewed speak for themselves:
One common thread was the seeming belief among demonstrators, that the UK was physically leaving Europe. Somehow being uprooted, and put down elsewhere. And more, in almost every respondent, a conflation of the EU, and Europe – i.e. they love Europe, so they love the EU. |
Well, I love Europe – it’s a fascinating place to film reportage, and you’d struggle to find someone who’s traversed Europe more often than myself (obligatory Euro-selfie, right, Czech, 2011). But, the EU? That bloated, bureacratic monolith, led by a problem drinker and a man whose own country despise him? What’s to love?
Europe though, I’m here, excited to be here, and looking forward to bringing you interesting reportage on my travels! Remainers do not have the monopoly on ‘loving Europe’, by the way, as much as they may tell you otherwise!
3 years ago today, I was arriving in Donetsk, for ‘one week’s work’, with the channel RT, in a bit of a panic at that time, as they couldn’t get their own correspondents into Donbass, calling me in Odessa, where I lived at the time, simply saying ‘get to Donetsk as soon as you can!!‘. I duly drove all night –
After a couple of days, RT managed to get their own correspondents in, and sent me down to Lugansk to see out the remainder of my contract. Then, on 12th April, I heard early on about something happening in nearby Slavyansk, called RT. The producer who answered first said ‘Where’s that?‘ Then ‘Graham, your contract’s almost up, just stay a couple days more in Lugansk‘. I replied that I was going to Slavyansk with or without them.
And there we have it.
I’ve recently left London, and am now on the road, with lots of new reportage to come – all 100% independent, supported only by your crowdfunding (click here for details). I am already preparing the next video of thanks for those who have made a significant contribution.
The period in London was hugely productive, of which you can more read about by clicking here.
Sadly, it included a tragic terrorist attack, and I recently published the 2nd part of my special reportage on this –
This was followed by a tragic update, as the death toll rose to five.
For my full reportage on events of March 22nd, 2017, and on, click here.
Deepest condolences, and thoughts, with all victims of this tragedy, and, of course, we know that terror has hit not only London.
I’ve now left the UK, am on the road, and will be bringing you more reportage soon.
Here is my video reportage from the March 22nd terrorist attack in London –
After this, tragically, it was tragically confirmed there has been another victim of the attack, 31-year-old Romanian Andreea Cristea.
Very sad news, as it has been confirmed that Andreea Cristea, 31, the Romanian tourist thrown from Westminster Bridge into the Thames in the terrorist attack of March 22nd, has died in hospital.
Cristea’s life support machine was switched off by doctors St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Cristea was struck on the day her boyfriend had planned to propose to her.
Cristea, an architect, was in a critical condition, fighting for her life for 2 weeks before succumbing to injuries. Her family have released a statement calling their loved one “beloved and irreplaceable, a wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine, who was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way….
She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.
There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.”
RIP to her, on this extremely sad news.
For further details read here, here, and here.
I recently wrote an article criticising Garry Kasparov for using the recent St Petersburg Metro attack to promote his book. Before I tell you the reaction of Kasparov, let’s have a look at how he’s portrayed in western media:
Guardian: ‘pro-democracy activist’
Washington Post: ‘pro-democracy activist’
Telegraph: ‘human rights campaigner’
CNBC ‘pro-democracy activist’ (again)…
So, what was the reaction of our ‘human rights’ campaigning, ‘pro-democracy’ activist’ to my article? He blocked me on Twitter.
So, just remember that, next time you see Garry Kasparov on western tv talking about the ‘totalitarian regime of Putin‘ etc etc…