The Let­ter

Aug/sep 17

Bespoke - - THE LETTER - Ni­co­las Is­sam Sham­mas Ed­i­tor-in-chief

As a theme for an is­sue, ‘What the Heck’ may sound abnormally nega­tive but rest as­sured we didn’t take it that way. The theme chal­lenged us to come up with sur­pris­ing and cre­ative sto­ries. Chief among those is our cover star, Queen Ra­nia, who took the op­por­tu­nity to shed some light on how her coun­try, Jor­dan, is feel­ing the strains from hav­ing taken in 1.3 mil­lion Syr­ian refugees from Syria, (slightly less than Turkey and Le­banon, but still an astro­nom­i­cal num­ber con­sid­er­ing the small pop­u­la­tion and re­sources of her coun­try) and she con­trasted this with the EU, home to 500 mil­lion peo­ple and al­most un­lim­ited fi­nan­cial means, which has not even come close to do­ing its part. Along sim­i­lar lines, we felt com­pelled to pub­lish some of the most mov­ing Visa Pour l’im­age pho­to­jour­nal­ism im­ages from this year’s fes­ti­val, which for us were the ones fo­cussed on Mo­sul in Iraq. They pro­vided a stark re­minder of the hu­man cost of all this blood­shed. On a hap­pier note, we catch up with Richard Bran­son to find out ex­actly when Vir­gin Ga­lac­tic plans to start tak­ing peo­ple to space. We also meet a fas­ci­nat­ing Moroccan-french cre­ative called Ram­dane Touhami who clearly has the Mi­das touch when it comes to re-launch­ing his­toric lux­ury brands. We then drive a Tesla across con­ti­nents (on a sin­gle charge), we go on­board a mad, mad boat, we track rhi­nos across the African bush be­fore we pop over to Amsterdam to show you how, con­trary to what you might think, it has be­come the per­fect place for a ro­man­tic get­away. And de­spite such a fas­ci­nat­ing and eclec­tic mix of fea­tures, one of my per­sonal favourites is our es­pe­cially cheeky Whoa! Sup­ple­ment. We scoured the globe for the weird and won­der­ful. What we stum­bled upon was fas­ci­nat­ing and utterly WTF. In a good way, of course. En­joy the is­sue and as usual don’t for­get to en­gage with us on our var­i­ous plat­forms to let us know what you think.

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