SORREL DOWNER

Journalist and producer based in Spain working for UK press. My focus here is safe travel and tourism in Spain. I also cover current affairs, business, architecture and rural regeneration, and work / have worked for The Guardian, BBC, FT, The Times, Conde Nast Traveller, Business Life, Reader's Digest, Evening Standard.

THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH

Hot ferrets sleep in boxes, low-slung sheep dogs drive ducks over an obstacle course in the sportsfield, and traders do a roaring trade in tripe sticks, candy floss, PVC coated … Continue reading

August 26, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sailing for Boys | FT

Having been a decent parent for a dozen years, my powers are inevitably dwindling. My boy and I were constant companions, initially because he was an infant and couldn’t walk, … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

CHILD SOLDIERS

As a 13-year old soldier in Sierra Leone shooting someone was “as easy as drinking a glass of water” says Ishmael Beah. But given a place at a UNICEF rehabilitation … Continue reading

August 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

SIMPLE

Minimalism: It’s the haute couture of housing: striking, radical, beautifully clever, not designed primarily for comfort and generally expensive. But where do you sit your filthy kids? Where do you … Continue reading

October 15, 2009 · Leave a comment

45 MINUTES FROM PANAMA CITY

Flanked by 60-storey glass towers in Panama City you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in Miami, Singapore or the year 2020. But just 45 minutes gets you to other … Continue reading

October 1, 2009 · Leave a comment

THE REAL COSTA RICA

Costa Rica has its Marriotts, Four Seasons, beach resorts and casinos but to experience it at its best you need to grab your rubber boots, slap on the Deet and … Continue reading

October 1, 2007 · Leave a comment

WATCHING THE WORKERS

Fifty years ago a manager knew when his team clocked on and off. Now employers are using hidden cameras, GPS and RFID tags, keystroke logging and emergent technology to monitor … Continue reading

October 1, 2007 · Leave a comment

SECRET LIFE OF DESKS

The position of a person’s desk whether on a podium, down a dust-blown corridor, facing the corner is tacitly understood to signify the difference between success and failure but office … Continue reading

October 1, 2007 · Leave a comment

TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS

A veteran of the London to Yorkshire rail commute, George, 8, was blasé at the prospect of the 19-day journey through Russia, Mongolia and China on the Trans-Siberian Express. The … Continue reading

June 1, 2005 · Leave a comment

CONNECTIONS

BLOG CATEGORIES