Hex in the city: which terrifying town hits Halloween hardest?

Derry boasts a four-day festival, while in West Hollywood 500,000 revellers take part in a huge LGBT event but which city goes the furthest to spook its citizens? On a dark, dark night, in a dark, dark town, on a dark, dark street, skeletons, witches and zombies gather. Theres even the odd devil or two. The legions of the dead have come together for an annual Halloween night parade that will be watched by thousands of costumed revellers. But this isnt the US a country most people consider to be the Halloween mothership this is Derry, The Derry Revellers at a Halloween parade in Greenwich Village, New York City Irelands connection with All Hallows Eve dates back millennia to the …

Time to recognise that western greed is one of the causes of global hunger | Kevin McKenna

World Porridge Day salutes the humble oat. Charities feed it to the starving due to our gluttonous policies The world has recently paid homage to the oat, stalwart comestible of Scotlands larder. For the last decade, 10 October has been deemed World Porridge Day, thus canonising the brawny cereal that kept Scottish armies on their feet and built cities. Sadly, in recent years, this most unostentatious and proletarian of foods has been gentrified and made to dress up gaudily with superfluous additives such as honey, Nutella and cinnamon. In this way, I suppose it is deemed sufficiently respectable to be included among the breakfast choices of the mighty. World Porridge Day shares its holiday with World Mental Health Day. Other …

Sadiq Khan hits back at Trump, calling him ‘six-foot-three child’

Comment is latest retort in long-running feud after US president called London mayor a loser Sadiq Khan has described Donald Trump as a six-foot-three child in the White House in an ongoing war of words with the US president. The mayor of London made the comment in a room of teachers at the Together for Education event at Central Hall in Westminster on Saturday. Khan joked that he had made sure to switch his phone off. He said: For those of you that have your phones on, if somebody starts tweeting about me a 6ft 3 child in the White House can you let me know? It is the latest insult to be fired between Khan and Trump, in what …

David Severn’s best photograph: men hunting rabbits for beer

Theyre out on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. They do eat the rabbits they catch or trade them for beer. Thirty years ago, they would have been miners I started my postindustrial parts of England often focuses on deprivation, and its usually from the perspective of a concerned outsider. Thanks Maggie is semi-autobiographical my dad worked in the pits, as a shaftsman and I wanted to take photos that were more of a celebration of the people and places I grew up with. The project looks at different ways that people interact with this landscape. This is one of the first photos I took, of locals hunting rabbits on the site of the old Newstead Colliery. When I …