EDITOR’S LETTER THE POWER OF VISUALISATION We see things not as they are, but as we are. One person may view the gym as an opportunity for self-improvement, another as a place of personal torture. For our cover star, Danny MacAskill, it’s a biker’s playground (page 32). The Zeppelin is a symbol of grand human vision and shortsighted folly – for three skiers last year, it was just the most awesome vehicle to ride to the summit of an impossible mountain (page 50). Some might view pirate radio (page 42) as a shady endeavour; for others it’s a protest against the mundanity of the mainstream, the freedom to bring together underground music communities. Our ability to redefine our reality allows ultrarunners to push beyond their physical limits (page 58); it helped mountaineer Joe Simpson crawl for four days back to base camp when all was lost (page 26); and for childhood war victims Emmanuel Jal and Nyaruach (page 30) it let them see past hate and violence to make music that spreads love. CONTRIBUTORS THIS ISSUE JESS HOLLAND The London-based writer wrote two profiles for us this month: on sibling musicians who fled violence in South Sudan (page 30), and on Dolya Gavanski, a filmmaker exploring her Soviet roots (page 24). “These artists had very different experiences,” Holland says, “but they shared a determination to speak difficult truths in order to move on from the past.” RACHAEL SIGEE A regular contributor to TheRedBulletin, freelance journalist Sigee got to talk to cover star Danny MacAskill about the inner machinations of his mind. “Being in the right headspace is crucial for Danny,” she observes. “It’s only when he’s on the bike, in the moment, that he knows whether or not he can execute a trick. His videos are so fun that it’s easy to forget how skilled he is.” Page 32 Fred Murray photographed Danny MacAskill’s amazing tricks for our cover story (page 32). But it wasn’t all smooth sailing. FRED MURRAY (COVER) 04 THE RED BULLETIN
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