Thomas Wintle

Freelance Journalist

Location icon United Kingdom

I am a London-based journalist with newsroom experience in broadcast, print, and digital media. My special interests include international politics, the UK Labour Party, and Europe's growing far-right movement. With my head in the 24-hour news cycle and an eye out for emerging stories, I write on current affairs, history, and culture.

Formerly with,, and

The Instanbul nightlife import

You live in Neukölln, but the closest you get to hanging with the Turkish community is floundering half-drunk in Imren Grill at 2am? Put your gentrifying guilt aside and embed yourself in the Berlin-Bosphorus connection at the neighbourhood's newest live music venue. An offshoot of the Istanbul alternative club Arkaoda opened on Karl-Marx-Platz in January.
Controllers out of control

Scruffy-looking, gruff, even corrupt and violent... Right here at the heart of "ordentlich" Germany, plainclothes ticket inspectors enforce law and order with mobbish zeal on public transportation. Who are these people, and how do they get away with such impunity? Is' mir egal..." Literally, "I don't care."
In memorium: Erotica Sex-Kino

While we applaud the bravery of Berlin's niche porn scene and progressive sex parties, the death knell continues to toll for the "traditional" sex industry. Last month marked the last days of Erotica, the first pornographic theatre to open in former East Berlin - and in fact, one of the first post-reunification businesses of any kind on the now-chichi Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße.
The Curves get revved up

German women grabbing the hyper-masculine image of bikers by the balls: welcome to Berlin's own all-female motorcycle club. Thomas Wintle infiltrated the increasingly popular gang to find out what keeps their engines running. It's a biting February night and half a dozen customised choppers and vintage motorcycles are parked up in front of the soon-to-close Bassy Club on Schönhauser Allee.

The Canary
There's a myth about the 'Jewish community' that should've been smashed the day London smashed...

On 4 October 1936, an estimated 250,000 Londoners stood up to the British government and blocked Oswald Mosley’s fascist ‘blackshirts’ from marching through London’s East End. The epic mobilisation of East End Jews, Irish dockers, and anti-fascists lives on in British memory as the Battle of Cable Street. It’s a shining example of how collective action can defeat the most vicious of racisms.

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