Nia Charpentier

Nia Charpentier

Nia Charpentier is a freelance journalist specialising in the arts, social affairs and sustainability and regularly contributes to Sublime.

Being half German, half English and growing up trilingually in rural Wales before living in Germany, Sri Lanka and London, Nia’s writing comes from a varied backdrop.

She has interviewed gang members, people affected by autism, heads of international NGOs, mental health experts, musicians, political activists and Olympic athletes amongst others.

Nia balances out hectic London life with regular trips back to Wales, running and yoga, giving her the space and time to write.

The sense of infinite depth and darkness, the mysterious alien-like organisms and the feeling that this is another world entirely, so very unknown to us. There are many parallels that can be drawn between outer space and under water, and never has this been portrayed more beautifully than by artist Lynette Wallworth in her latest work Coral: Rekindling Venus

The cinematography is shot in grainy sepia. The soundtrack is a Latin American number and we see two panic stricken young men driving along a desolate road with the un-dead on their trail close behind. Just then, the car starts to slow down. They have run out of gas. Predictable? For a zombie film maybe, but perhaps less so for an advert presenting Chevrolet's hybrid Volt car which can reach top speeds of 161 km/h

When the Neanderthals figured out how to kill two mammoths instead of one, you could call that progress. When they learnt how to chase whole herds off a cliff, killing 200 at a time and driving them to extinction, that's something else entirely. And it's this "something else" which is explored in the film, Surviving Progress, which premiered in the UK at London's Tricycle Theatre last week

 

Despite the UK’s recent hosepipe ban and drought, London’s South Bank has gone all green fingered this spring. We take a look at some of the more unusual gardens on display in the capital.

 

Sharing may be caring, but it’s also the concept behind some of today’s fastest growing businesses. You’ve probably heard of Zipcar and Netflix, but now Oborrow is hoping to join the ‘buy less, use more’ revolution

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