Matthew Francey

thump's guide to freshers' week

A Love Letter To Fallowfield, Manchester’s Lost Student Paradise

To some, maybe even you, the bad old days of Fallowfield might sound like Salo by way of Salford.
Matthew Francey
9.21.16
Stuff

Looking Back on the Unsolved Case of Northern Ireland's Springhill Massacre

Exactly 44 years ago, five people were killed – three of them children – on a west Belfast estate, in what's become known as the area's "forgotten massacre".
Matthew Francey
7.9.16
Words

Fleetmac Wood Turn Your Parents Rock Classics Into House & Disco Anthems

Stevie Nicks never sounded so good in the rave...
Matthew Francey
10.1.14
Words

Trying to Explain Tomorrowland to People That Have Only Watched Their YouTube Channel

I went to Belgium to find out if the festival actually exists.
Matthew Francey
8.1.14
News

An Interview with One of Greenpeace's Freed Arctic 30

Frank Hewetson has been released, but is still facing charges and seven years in a Russian jail.
Matthew Francey
12.6.13
News

The Town Promising to Shoot Surveillance Drones Out of the Sky

The people of Deer Trail, Colorado are trying to turn drone-hunting into a sport.
Matthew Francey
9.9.13
News

Londoners Demonstrated For and Against Military Intervention in Syria Yesterday

I went down to Whitehall to see what they had to say.
Matthew Francey
8.29.13
News

Anti-Fracking Protesters Are Still Having a Pretty Torrid Time in Balcombe

They love the environment but the police don't love them.
Matthew Francey
8.21.13
tech

Watching Three People Share a £250,000 Burger Is Surprisingly Boring

They wouldn't let me eat it.
Matthew Francey
8.6.13
News

Another Year of Booze and Bruises at the Belfast Twelfth

Protestants, Catholics and the police still aren't getting on in Northern Ireland.
Matthew Francey
7.15.13
Stuff

How Can We Stop Ecstasy Killing People?

Eight recent deaths in Northern Ireland have been linked with the chemicals PMA/PMMA – or "Dr Death".
Matthew Francey
7.6.13
News

I Went to the G8 Summit and All I Got Was This Lousy Protest

It made the government's £50 million security bill feel like a rip-off.
Matthew Francey
6.20.13
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