Robert Maxwell’s Funeral: Jerusalem 1991

Written by Roger Allen The news of Daily Mirror proprietor Robert Maxwell’s death filtered out at about five o’clock on bonfire night, 1991. It seemed like the whole of Fleet Street was heading for the Canary Islands where Captain Bob had fallen off the back of his...

The Lion King – Woking 1974

Written by Roger Allen My life in the world of newspaper photography started at a picture agency in Guildford Surrey. After a short stint on a building site I took a job in the darkroom of Southern News Service, aka Cassidy and Leigh, a news and picture agency serving...

Flags, Fromage & Les Frolics Francais – Marseilles & Limoges 1999

Written by John Troup “We’re in mate – they’ve fallen for it again!” I gleefully announced down my Nokia trumpet to photographer Marc Giddings. It was October 1999 and moments earlier one of the ‘grown-ups’ on the news desk had called me to confirm they did indeed...

Fashanu – Toronto & London 1990

Written by Allan Hall The door to the suite opened wide, its bed reflected in the mirror of a large wardrobe which stood on the wall at its end. Two pairs of feet poked out from beneath the sheets. Entering the room I saw Justin Fashanu - Britain's first one million...

The Cannibal Files: 1991, 2002, 2013

Written by Allan Hall There are some for whom regular recipes will never be enough.... In July 1991 I first stepped into the dark, unfathomable world of eating humans when based in New York as the correspondent for The Sun. A man called Jefrey Dahmer had been arrested...

Congo 2003

Written by Roger Allen Goma airport is the only one in the world with a lava flow six feet high splitting the runaway in two with commercial airliners stranded outside the terminal building, never to fly again. It was from the, now extended, grass strip, that Anton...

Seoul Olympics 1988

The Hungry Hack’s guest eater this month is Dick Durham, former reporter on the Daily Star I love dogs, but couldn’t eat a whole one. I discovered that in South Korea, a land where mutt-munching is no more unusual than scoffing a beefburger is in the west. It was...

Game, Set and Match – Paris 1985

Written by Allan Hall If the two tribes of reporters and photographers are as different as can be, then the sub-species 'sports journalist' are remoter still. They are children in adult form, generally, immersed in their hobby that just happens to pay them a handsome...

The Lamont Affair – August 1992

Written by Roger Allen The cupboard was bare, the UK economy was broke. In the following weeks Britain would crash out of the Exchange Rate Mechanise (ERM) and interest rates would soar to 15%. The mismanaging of this financial disaster was presided over by Chancellor...

Sleazeville – USA & Mexico 1994

Written by Allan Hall The lawn was straight out of Dukes of Hazzard central casting. Cannibalised car engines lay rusting in the steamy southern heat next to discarded children's toys, log piles, bricks, used fast food wrappers and a chained up puppy dog of...

The Blind Bears of Bangalore

Written by Roger Allen Being a sloth bear in India was not much fun if you’d been orphaned as a cub and taken captive by a nomadic tribe of Kalandars. A red hot poker was pushed through their snout and a rope threaded through, it would stay there for life. The...

D-Day – June 2004

Written by Allan Hall The bray of the English upper classes is hard to miss. Sort of a cross between a donkey's snort and a duck's quack, it cut through the busy brasserie in the French port of Caen with the penetration of a well-educated sonic boom. I had been...

The Barrymore Adventure 1993

Written by Allan Hall My first culinary romp with Roger Allen - indeed, the first time I ever met him - was born out of that essential ingredient for success in journalism. Luck. Old hacks can bang on about contacts, schmoozing, working all hours that God sends etc....

Perdido the Cat, 1987

Written by Allan Hall A peculiar animal mania gripped the Daily Star newspaper in the 1980's after the underdog to The Sun wrested from its clutches a donkey called Blackie that had been tormented in a Spanish street festival. 'Mule Never Walk Alone' was the headline...

Bosnia 1993

Written by Roger Allen War zones don’t normally spring to mind when it comes to great food. But during the Bosnian conflict that raged at the heart of Europe in 1993-1995 I ate some of the best Balkan food on offer. My travelling companion was Ted Oliver, a great...

The Flashman Bully – Germany 1987

Written by Allan Hall The body lay motionless on the road, feet at right angles, the head lolling to one side. The harsh metallic crack of studded boots sparking on concrete and asphalt provided a jarring soundtrack to the pulsing sea of blue strobe lights from the...

Greece, May 2012

Written by Roger Allen Greece was in meltdown. In parts of Athens unemployment ran at 60 percent and the sight of men scavenging in bins for food was not a rare one. Drug addicts laying in doorways with needles on show and proud men waiting in line of food parcels...

Tea with The Taliban 2005

Written by Roger Allen The whole world had been, for a long time, wondering what had happened to Osama Bin Laden. After the terror attacks of 9/11 it was assumed he’d mostly been living in a range of caves dodging bombs. It wasn’t till one of his message runners made...

Casablanca 1997

Written by Roger Allen Casablanca a city tied to the great Bogart Bacall movie, a city of romance, the heart-breaking goodbye at the foggy airport “Here’s looking at you kid”, the song “As time goes by”, Bogart drowning his sorrows with whiskey at the bar at Ricks...

Dining with the stars – USA 1990

Written by Allan Hall There was little downside to being the US correspondent of The Sun in the 90’s, save getting up half an hour before you went to bed, and dealing with the aggressive lunacy of editor Kelvin Mackenzie. Newspapers were still in their pre-Internet...

Italia 90

Written by Roger Allen “Six weeks at the World Cup finals, follow England as far as they go.” That was the brief given to me in March 1990. Great. But the bit the picture desk didn’t tell me straight off was that it’d be a “hooli watch”, trailing around after the...

BANGKOK – July 1990

Written by Roger Allen Emerging from a 13-hour flight straight into the teeming cauldron of Bangkok is an assault on the senses. Mind you, the harsh edges are softened somewhat if you happen to be traveling with the wife of the editor on a first class Qantas airlines...