Life. So many roads, so many choices… all of them ending in Death. But there’s life after death, after ours, after our friends’, after our family’s: the grievers, the embalmers, the carers, the cemetery managers and the wounded soldiers.
In BAD IDEA 5, we went to the source to look for contemporary British attitudes towards death; at an international funeral directors we found undertakers arranging to have their clients buried at sea on top of the Titanic; at the coroner’s courts personal grief and cold administrative machinery locked arms in a daily dance, as the stories of troubled endings and tortured families slowly unravelled; and in Staffordshire, a memorial was erected for every soldier who has died since the Second World War. Do stress related suicides count?
In Issue 5:
– LAURA BARTON opens the death files at Southwark Coroner’s Court
– Funeral workers tell JACK ROBERTS how death in Britain is changing, and why they are thinking inside the box
– The Honeytrapper: From Edinburgh to San Francisco, the life of an international love spy, by LAUREN GARD
– JOHN WILLIAMS goes in search of Michael X, Britain’s forgotten black British revolutionary, executed in Trinidad
– Leading Ivorian comics artist MENDOZZA Y CARAMBA leads us through the terror of an African carjacking
– Shopping for weapons at the London DSEi Arms Fair: an exclusive photostory by Times photographer SEBASTIAN MEYER
– Arabian vice: SACHI CUNNINGHAM exposes Dubai’s thriving sex industry
– Plus, ANN WIDDECOMBE tells us why she’s quitting frontline politics to write romance novels; ex-Ukrainian finance minister IGOR MITUKOV offers investment tips for the post-Soviet art market; JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN addresses the strange decline of Britney Spears; and our man in Afghanistan sets up the country’s first ever skateboarding school