Luke Dale-Harris
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After brief spells living in Budapest and then Hanoi, Luke now spends his time between Transylvania, Romania and Devon, England. He writes for all sorts of publications, from broadsheets to specialist magazines, often about countryside and environmental matters, sometimes about addiction and occasionally about politics.

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Buffalo, Betting and Power Boat Racing - The Bizarre Story of Land-Grabbing in Romania

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2013 | 10:05 AM

Beneath the vast skies of the western Romanian plains, a young shepherd watches over his sheep as they search for grass amongst the concrete remains of a long abandoned barn. Surrounding them on three sides, bare earth stretches out towards the horizon. On the fourth, a well worn route through...

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How to Lose the War on Drugs, Successfully

(4) Comments | Posted April 29, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Everyone, even the most ardent of anti-drug zealots, is aware that the war on drugs is being lost. It's been clear for some time, from well before Bush came into office and increased anti-drug spending to historic levels, perhaps even before Reagan arrived with his 'zero tolerance' approach in the...

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Hooked on Crime: The Ex-Detective Who Sees Crime as an Addiction

(5) Comments | Posted March 11, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Jackie Malton has spent her life fighting. First, as detective chief inspector Malton, the tough talking, heavy drinking, real life role model for Helen Mirren's detective character in Prime Suspect, she fought crime. Later on she fought her own addiction to alcohol. Now, at 61 and with many years of...

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Britain's Obesity Epidemic: Are We Addicted to Sugar?

(9) Comments | Posted February 19, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Britain's obesity problem is in the news at the moment, again. Not only are we the heaviest drinkers and among the hardest drug users in Europe; we are now, apparently, also the fattest. But today, for the first time, a campaign has been announced which looks to address...

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Wind Power: What Is It We Are Trying to Save?

(4) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 4:27 AM

Even if the naysayers are right and they produce little else, wind farms most certainly generate debate. Ever since they started to become a tangible reality over a decade ago, popping up across our treasured landscapes and punctuating our horizons, they have thrown up questions that draw straight into our...

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The Ultimate Betrayal: Human Trafficking in Vietnam

(1) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 10:00 AM

Sunk into the mountain range that connects Vietnam to China sits the Vietnamese border town of Lao Cai. A sprawling concrete mess, the town has shot up over the last few decades in response to the increasing amount of trade between the two countries, luring in people from the surrounding...

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Stopping Smoking - A Kind of Madness

(18) Comments | Posted December 31, 2012 | 7:00 PM

Around three days and eight hours ago I gave up smoking. A lifetime of faithful allegiance between me and lady nicotine met its violent end on Saturday morning as I dropped the final cigarette from my mouth and stamped its dying embers into the earth. From that moment, according to...

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