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…

Outrider

In the middle of everything in 2016, the year had one other personal resonance for me. For it marked the 20th anniversary of one of the most significant personal projects of my daft little existence on Earth. A music LP called Outrider.

No, I’m not going to publish it all here. It is still, in the end, formative, youthful stuff….

“K-SHOP” from The Light Side

This morning came news that the world appears to have just changed.

But even though this news is so big and so unfathomable that world leaders are stupified in responding, as I type, the presidential victory of Donald Trump in the US feels like an echo chamber of the B-word in the summer, here in the UK. All the polls…