Michael Sheridan: “Sleeping in a wooden hut in Mardi Himal High Camp, Nepal, in -10 degrees meant an early start was the only option. Fortunately, we woke to clear blue skies above Machhapuchare Mountain. Unfortunately, it was even colder outside than in the hut and giant icicles hung from the roofs.”
Citroen’s 2CV cars tend to be associated with rural France. But for decades it has been the car of choice for taxi drivers more than 5,000 miles (8,000km) away on the Indian Ocean island of Madagascar.
Feno Rafanomezantsoa’s father had a 2CV which he bought in 1964. When that broke down, Feno decided to get one of his own. That was in 1987 and he still has it today.
Madagascar gained independence from France in 1960, but French cars remain extremely popular.
French influence is also seen outside the presidential palace.
2CVs have become a symbol of Madagascar.
Eddy Rajaonarison La Roche, 26, has been making these souvenirs out of milk cartons since he was 10. It takes him three days to make one.
You wait ages for a 2CV and then four come along at once.
Menjasoa Anjaraniaiana used to drive another vintage French car – a Renault 4 – but he switched to a 2CV three years ago because he said they were cheaper to maintain.
People often choose 2CVs because they don’t often break down and when they do, they are cheap and easy to repair.
Many Andrianaivoson used to have another car but also switched to a 2CV four months ago because the spare parts are cheaper.
There is one complaint – the 2CV can’t go that fast. But on the capital Antananarivo’s congested roads this doesn’t really matter.
With such old cars, passengers often find the seats are a bit worse for wear.
For some the 2CV is a car for life.
All photographs taken by Clare Spencer.
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The Samhuinn Fire Festival lit up Edinburgh’s skies on Monday night with a procession of fire, dance, and drumming down the Royal Mile.
Thousands of spectators gathered to mark Halloween with one of the city’s open-air festivals, which celebrates Scotland’s heritage by reviving the Celtic New Year.
More than 100 volunteers from Beltane Fire Society delivered a vibrant display of fireplay, acrobatics, and costumes in the capital’s city centre.
Starting at the top of the High Street, the procession made its way down to a stage, which this year was in a new location on the main pedestrian area of the Royal Mile looking up towards the castle.
The festival is a contemporary re-imagining of traditional Samhuinn celebrations, which mark the onset of winter, by depicting a battle between the Summer King and the Winter King.
It was first revived in 1995 by a small group of enthusiasts, and now involves over 100 collaborators and performers.
Erin Macdonald, chairwoman of the Board at Beltane Fire Society, said: “We are thrilled with how Samhuinn turned out this year.
“Our volunteers have been working hard for weeks on their performances, and the fantastic atmosphere in the crowd meant that it all paid off.
“It’s wonderful getting to return to the Royal Mile year on year, and last night was no exception.
“We’d like to thank everyone who helped make last night a success, from local residents, to volunteers, the city council, police, and others.”
The Beltane Fire Society is a charity run by volunteers, dedicated to marking the fire festivals of the ancient Celtic calendar and keeping traditional Scottish skills of street theatre, music and pageantry alive.