Archive for Profiles

FRANCE’S RURAL RAPPER: KAMINI

France has been attracting a good deal of unenviable attention in recent years. The far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen's qualification to the second round of the 2002 French presidential elections shocked the world. Racial tensions exploded in 2005 with a series of simultaneous riots across the country which led to the burning of 9,000 cars and the death of one man. 


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LIFE AFTER SIR ALAN: TRE AZAM

Tre Azam is the fiery 27 year old that famously rubbed Alan Sugar, and half his team mates, up the wrong way in series three of the apprentice. I caught up with the man to get his take on the show and life ever since. 

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JAMES DEGALE: OLYMPIC CHAMPION

 

After pounding every opponent in his path to win boxing gold at the Beijing Olympics, 22 year old James Degale has just stormed onto the British Boxing scene, announcing the start of his professional career in late 2008. I threw some questions at him as he prepares for his first fight in February. 

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PROFILE: MONTY PANESAR

 

Born to Indian Punjabi parents, he is the first Sikh to represent a nation other than India in Test cricket. Panesar sports a trademark black patka (a smaller version of the full Sikh turban) while playing and in cricket training. He is a crowd favourite in England, and many fans have worn patkas and fake beards while watching Panesar play. 


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HARI KUNZRU

 

Statement read at the 2003 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize: “As the child of an immigrant I am only too aware of the poisonous effect of the Mail's editorial line. The atmosphere of prejudice it fosters translates into violence and I have no wish to profit from it.” Kunzru donated the £5000 prize fund to Refugee Council (UK).


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