Howard Swains

Freelance journalist

Reporter, feature writer and sub-editor in news, sport, arts and travel, with experience across print and digital titles, including The Times, Guardian, Independent, Newsweek, Sunday Times Magazine and CNN. MS Journalism (Columbia University); MA English (St Andrews).


London's Loot: The Legacy of Robin Symes
How the world’s largest accumulation of illicit antiquities got stuck in the UK, and why nobody can shift them
Khat fight: Harmless recreational drug or a recruitment tool for
It is a rainy Sunday afternoon in Peckham, south-east London, and if recent sensational reports are to be believed, I am shortly going to risk my life. Behind a blue door on an...
How Scotland's St. Andrews Became a Top American School
It's a popular choice for students from the U.S.—and that's not just because Will and Kate went there.
From prodigy to poker king
At the age of eight, Jeff Sarwer was a chess champion. By his mid-teens he had vanished into the clutches of his abusive, Svengali-like father. Where did he go?
How Warhol's world became a soup opera
Andy Warhol said he came from nowhere, but his family's roots lie in a small town in Slovakia. More than 20 years after his death, relatives and neighbours are locked in a...
White pygmy: 30 years in the rainforest
Louis Sarno left New Jersey to record the music of the pygmies in the Central African Republic. Thirty years later, he is still there - and has produced one of the world's most...
Are you in danger of 'drive-by' hacking?
All the talk of phone-hacking this summer has brought the thorny issue of mobile device security to the forefront of the news agenda. But even the most scurrilous hack of Fleet...
A man's best foe: Why the US turned to Hitler's hounds
Inside the Slovak training camp for Britain and America's strongest, most reliable service dogs
Frieze Masters and the case of the looted vases
Two antiquities on sale at the Frieze Masters in London were once in possession of the convicted trafficker Gianfranco Becchina
Ethical hackers battle to prevent 'information security apocalypse'
Barely a day passes without news of another major computer security breach. Last week a hacking network named "Hollywood Leaks" began their attack on the personal data of...
Mad about Madeira: a guide to the Portuguese islands
Seventy-two hours of dolphin watching, canyoning, mountain biking, hiking and jeep riding in Madeira
Depersonalisation disorder: the condition you've never heard of that affects millions
It's a debilitating and incredibly common condition – and yet even doctors have to Google it. Now one sufferer is intent on helping millions out of their torment
Free football streaming: how illegal sites keep outpacing broadcasters
As this weekend's Community Shield heralds a new Premier League season, more people than ever will be watching it online - without paying a penny. Is this plain old piracy, or...
Reports of my death
A very early look at internet fakers--Munchausen by internet, catfishers and the like
Obituary: David "Devilfish" Ulliott
The life and times of Britain's best known poker player
Bison in the crosshairs of conservation battle
Europe's largest land mammal had been declared extinct in the wild at the end of the 1920s, but have now gradually reassumed their position among Poland's vibrant indigenous fauna
The sound of changing music
A series of interviews with a new breed of musical innovators at Oxford
New ice age? Maybe. But maybe not
What does a period of low sun-spot activity mean for our weather?
The Power of the Poem
Poetry, it may appear, is back. Yet in many ways, it has never been away.
Better than prison: life inside the UK's secure hospitals
A rare glance inside one of Britain's secure mental health hospitals
Pure Mallorca: the best of the Balearics with the Puro Group
Detoxing and retoxing the luxury way at a few beach clubs in Majorca
Modern masters making an impression in Slovakia
How the art scene survived behind the iron curtain, and how it thrived when the curtain came down

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