Author: Simon Hooper

Simon Hooper has worked as a journalist covering international news, politics and sports for websites and publications including CNN, Al Jazeera, the New Statesman, Sports Illustrated, FourFourTwo and The Blizzard.

Reporting highlights have included Balkan trumpet festivals, minority language song contests, elections in Iraq, Turkey, Venezuela and the United States and the Copa America soccer tournament.

Latest Posts

Tube trivia: 9 things you may not have known

Tube trivia: 9 things you may not have known

The London Underground has had 150 years to rack up stories, records and stats. Here are the system's most compelling curiosities
8 top Christmas markets in Europe

8 top Christmas markets in Europe

What's Christmas without mulled wine, gingerbread stands and one last chance to get that festive shopping done, al fresco style?
Ultimate James Bond travel adventure

Ultimate James Bond travel adventure

Live like 007 with this epic itinerary across Europe that traces Bond's greatest hits. Futuristic gadgets, villains and evil temptresses not included
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Cycling around the world
Taking the long way home on two wheels is going to be tough. We're here to smooth the ride


Tate Dining Room and Bar
Asia's best female chef, Vicky Lau, may be responsible for one of the most calming dishes ever created


American Southwest photo
A photo pro explains how to capture some of America's most famous landmarks while dealing the summer travel crowds