Google’s offices are legendary: multicoloured bikes and Segways, endless gourmet food, breakout zones with ping-pong and pinball, massages, yoga and free laundry. They are considered the best working conditions in the world. But not everyone working for Google has quite the same experience.
Australian journalist Peter Greste was imprisoned in Egypt for supporting a terrorist organisation and producing “fake news”. His trial would have made Kafka blush.
When the great Jewish-Italian writer, Primo Levi, wrote in his memoir If This is a Man that Germans “love order, systems, bureaucracy; even more, although rough and irascible blockheads, they cherish an infantile delight in glittering, many-coloured objects”, he wasn’t simply roasting his captors.
In May 2013, 28 life jackets washed up onto the shores of the Cocos Islands, a network of islands off Western Australia, southwest of Christmas Island, about half way between Sri Lanka and mainland Australia. One contained a small amount of Iranian currency.