Tieran Meets the World

  • Bob Smytherman Cleaning his Town Crier Bell
    Tieran Meets the World,  UK

    The Man who Cries for a Town

    The Man who Cries for a Town | Worthing’s Town Crier Keeps an Age-Old British Tradition Alive VIDEO [Article Below] Summary: Worthing is home to one of 144 official Town Criers in the UK. Bob Smytherman has been preserving the ancient tradition of Town Crier in the West Sussex town for 7 years, and has become a living part of Worthing’s identity. But what does a Town Crier do, how do you become one, and how do Town Criers fit into the modern world? I spoke with Bob on Worthing pier about what Town Crying means to him to find out more.  Salty sea air funnels through a shopping arcade, waves…

  • Steyning from Above
    Steyning,  Tieran Meets the World,  UK

    Lockdown in my Hometown | Steyning

    Lockdown Gives Sussex Locals Time to Reflect in Steyning VIDEO [Article Below] Summary: How did the coronavirus lockdown impact a small British Town? How do residents feel the community has changed during the pandemic? And what was it like to grow up in Steyning, a quaint English town? In this closer to home episode of Tieran Meets the World, I returned to Steyning, my hometown, after 1.5 years on the road as a pandemic swept across the world. In the midst of all the Covid restrictions, I spoke to locals in socially distanced interviews to find out how they thought their community had changed during the lockdowns.  Home at Last…

  • Georgia,  Tieran Meets the World

    Stuck in Limbo Living in Abandoned Soviet Buildings

    IDPs Displaced by War and Stuck in Abandoned Soviet Buildings for 28 Years VIDEO [Article Below] Summary: Georgian IDPs (internally displaced people) have lived in abandoned soviet facilities for 28 years after they fled their homes during the Abkhazia and South Ossetia conflicts. I was able to meet some of them, and learned how their situation is linked to Russian occupation and the 2019-20 Tbilisi protests. Chapter 1 Tbilisi Protests: Anger in Georgia’s Capital The red and white of Georgian flags waved from side-to-side above a sea of people, shouts and screams echoed down Rustaveli Avenue, and a row of riot shields formed a wall in front of the crowd.…

  • Lenin statue in Tiraspol, Transnistria
    Moldova,  Tieran Meets the World,  Tiraspol,  Transnistria

    A Brit, a Bike, and a Breakaway State

    A Brit, a Bike, and a Breakaway State – Transnistria (AKA Pridnestrovie/the PMR) VIDEO [Article Below] Summary: Pridnestrovie (AKA Transnistria, or the Pridnestrovien Moldavian Republic [PMR]) is a breakaway state sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine. A relic of the USSR, statues of busts and Lenin still dot it’s streets, Russian peacekeepers man the border with Moldova, and UN restrictions mean there are no chain franchises here. After cycling through Moldova in winter, I travelled to Tiraspol, the capital of the PMR, to find out what’s it like to live in “the country that doesn’t exist”.  Thoughts From the Road   The road is quiet. The last vehicle I saw was…

  • Turkish Imam in Rize, Turkey
    Tieran Meets the World,  Turkey

    Ramadan & Religion in Turkey

    Cycling through Turkey During Ramadan – VIDEO [Article Below] Summary: What are the rules for Ramadan, why do people fast, and what’s it like to visit turkey during the islamic holy month? My cycle tour through Turkey coincided with Ramadan, a religious period I’d known embarrassingly little about before my arrival, but that was about to change… Thoughts From the Road  I should be scared, but I savour the rush. The wind picks up, roaring against my face as my eyes begin to water, and I allow momentum to take control. A car pulls out in front of me, and I veer left, tilting my entire bike into the stream…

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    Norway,  Tieran Meets the World

    The Kindness of Strangers

    How the Kindness of Strangers Saved my 6,000km Cycle Tour VIDEO [Article Below] Summary: The prospect of cycling 6,000km from Norway to Azerbaijan was daunting at first. With the intense physical challenge, the isolation, and my lack of experience, I considered quitting and coming home every day for the first few weeks of the cycle tour. But the Kindness of Norwegian strangers soon flipped the entire experience on it’s head… Panic The end of day one, and panic was setting in. 65km… 11-and-a-half hours… That’s an average of less than 6kmph. I sat on the edge of a bed, stunned at the extent to which I’d underestimated how hard this…