Gas and air.

 

A dose of reality. That’s what it felt like. Even though it obviously wasn’t. Because what it was, was vacation. The kind of blue skies not easily found at home, one always imagines – but especially at the moment. A time of liberals wondering if their grand dreams have gone up in smoke, and everyone desperate for anything at…

Value

What do we value?

It’s a good question. Especially in the last days before a very tangled seeming general election, here in the UK. To untangle the clamouring claims and rebuffs, journalistic frameworks and fake news, our vote surely boils down to what is most important to us – what we value most. Who comes closest to representing that? Or…

The story you want to be in.

Sauntering from Churchill to Ghandi without even noticing. What a bleeding heart I am, eh?

From Parliament Square, a week before the 2017 UK General Election, I find myself asking: What happened to progress? And what is the tale we tell ourselves we are part of? What story are we tacitly voting to write into history?

For me, the only vote…

Manchester.

How to respond. A week on, it feels as if the people of Manchester, in the wake of the horrifyingly pointless tragedy of the Arena, have taken the country’s politicians to school. Miles away in the south, I am just another helpless watcher. As I am of yesterday’s news of the latest massive bomb in Kabul. Helpless. Useless. But…

John Noakes.

A comforting figure from my childhood died this week. An out of the blue comment alerted me to a blog post from eight years ago that I had quite forgotten on the subject. And the commenter in question has a rather pertinent relation to the post, it turns out.

John Noakes. A wonderful broadcaster, when children’s TV didn’t have to…

Open minds, closing venues

 

Conflict. You might think there’s a lot of it about. A lot of shouting and trolling and hooting and standoffing. Some macro narratives dooking it out across media platforms. And you might be wondering where best to pile in, and where best to rather more wisely find somewhere to wait while it all blows over. I’ve always said that,…

#STOPSITTINGAROUND

 

I am a bit of a chump. Be honest, you’ve had your moments too. And the truth is, chumpdom is part of the human character. So when some of us say we want to stop a chump from doing this or that in the current maelstrom of ‘fake’ lunacy in Western media, I’m in no position to point fingers,…

Last day of the year

I feel a little conflicted. A little weary and a little snowblind.

On the last day of 2016 I know it’s been a brutal one for a lot of people’s hopes. Loved ones close and distant lost. Inspiring stories ended abruptly, dreaded ones begun. And all the while, I have been wondering what comes next for my family, and for…