Anyone who says that the past 12 months haven’t offered pause for thought probably isn’t telling the whole truth. And while we can’t alter the strain, strife or tragedy of the pandemic, our out-today April issue does offer a positive read on what happens next. The issue is brimming with nudges and tentative steps to smarten up everything from the world to your wardrobe. Here are just a few things you’ll learn.
How to rebuild
Our Beirut correspondent Leila Molana-Allen revisited streets and businesses shattered by the port explosion last August. She found hope amid the struggle and profiled a troop of city fixers who kept faith in a brighter future, and have set about building it.
Why to be diplomatic
Our sit-down with UN secretary-general António Guterres saw him dub 2020 an “annus horribilis” but he still holds out hope for the future. He spotted green shoots of hope in everything from more united global vaccination efforts to the number of nations facing up to climate change and tackling social injustice. The trick? Realising that we’re in it together.
What to listen to
We met Italian-Egyptian songwriter Mahmood whose brand of powerful, genre-bending pop offers both reasons to be cheery and a positive show of the power of multiculturalism; music to our ears.
How to make it
Our dedicated Style Directory is packed with honest, interesting brands and ideas that can help you to hone your style for spring. Lagos-based brand This Is Us, run by a husband-and-wife team, turns out smart indigo-dyed garments that are made entirely in Nigeria. How and where things are made matters.
The importance of presence
In a time defined by remoteness (away from friends, family and favourite places), on-the-ground reporting and getting to the bottom of a story is more valuable than ever. We profile key broadcasters, photographers and journalists in Myanmar, Syria, Brazil, Iraq and Russia.
We can’t change the past 12 months but maybe now is a moment to take stock and think a little smarter. Our new issue offers ideas, optimism and analysis to help you make up for lost time.