From the re-discovered mines of a gold-rich empire lost in the Sahara Desert to the secretive trading rooms of the London Bullion Market, the greatest gold rush in history—today’s!—has sent the precious metal cascading into the public consciousness as never before. A 10-year bull run that picked up speed from the fear and panic of the financial crisis made gold one of the best-known asset prices in the world.
Vanity Fair — November 2013
How To Steal a Diamond
In an arid region north of Cape Town, diamond theft is viewed as the proper work of man. This attitude extends across much of the southern part of Africa, draining profits and fueling political unrest.
The Atlantic — March 1999
Shackled: The Diamond Dog of War
Old Etonian mercenary Simon Mann is the leader of 70 foreign soldiers accused in Zimbabwe of plotting to topple an African tyrant. Our correspondent describes his last encounter with the former SAS man amid the murderous world of cash, guns and private jets in the diamond lands of Angola
The Times — April 27, 2004
Granta 83: This Overheating World
Matthew Hart on The Greenland Pump
Granta — Autumn 2003
Ethereal, Exotic and Fragile
A month after Britain's major moth count concludes, Canada's great butterfly census begins - all in an effort to learn more about one of the world's most beautiful - and increasingly endangered - insects.
The Globe and Mail — Saturday, July 5, 2008
Shakespeare, Sharpen Your Pen
A new inquest into Princess Diana's death hauls up a web of iniquity and conspiracy straight out of Macbeth. What a birthday gift for the Queen.
The Globe and Mail — Saturday, April 14, 2007
Flower Power in Wales
Daffodils are being grown in a special place to produce a drug to help Alzheimer's sufferers.
The Globe and Mail — Saturday, May 27, 2006
The Man Who Would Be King . . . and His Wife
Self-styled 'dissident' Prince Charles and his consort Camilla, on their first anniversary, take their regular drubbings in the press and shuffle along, cluelessly but unstoppably, toward the throne.
The Globe and Mail — Saturday, April 8, 2006
Even Rowers Get the Blues
'The Boat Race' -- the annual Oxford-Cambridge contest, happening for the 150th time next week -- is a ritual only the English understand
The Globe and Mail — Saturday, March 20, 2004
'She Calls Him a Cripple and an Invalid'
Is celebrity scientist Stephen Hawking being abused by his second wife -- as people close to his first wife claim? The physicist, between broken bones and blackened eyes, insists all is well.
The Globe and Mail — Saturday, February 14, 2004
The Prat in the Box
When U.S. illusionist David Blaine said he would fast for 44 days in a plastic case high above the Thames, believers cheered. Then the rest of London caught on.
The Globe and Mail — Saturday, September 27, 2003
An Old Flame
Amid the splendour of the Rockies, writer MATTHEW HART resumed, after an 18-year hiatus, his love affair with the cigarette. He knows it isn't right. For one thing, his sweetheart costs him $8,000 a year. But breaking up is hard to do.
The Globe and Mail — Saturday, July 5, 2003