5 things I learned in 2019

Somehow, today is the 30th December 2019. I don't know where the year has gone, but honestly I'm glad it's over. This has been a challenging year for so many of us in so many ways. 2019 rounds out 10 years of upheaval, both in a big political sense and a smaller, more personal one. … Continue reading 5 things I learned in 2019

POLITICS: I was a Corbyn sceptic, but now he’s won my vote

Fact-checking is cool: click the blue links for external resources It was the summer of 2015. Glorious August sunshine smiled upon the graveyard of my local church-turned-arts-centre-turned-politics-hub. We were queuing to see Andy Burnham, parliamentary party favourite for Labour’s new leader, speak about his vision for resurrecting Labour from its humiliating election defeat. I was … Continue reading POLITICS: I was a Corbyn sceptic, but now he’s won my vote

ISRAEL / PALESTINE: the Good, the Bad, and the Holy

Sunkissed streets. Parisian-style pedestrian crossings. Bauhaus buildings on every corner, all curved lines and thermometer windows. Pride flags flying from rooftops and pasted onto shop windows. Walls decorated with multicoloured hearts and topless women. An anatomical diagram of the vulva tacked onto a tree. Bar after bar after bustling bar. Buskers on street corners. Hot … Continue reading ISRAEL / PALESTINE: the Good, the Bad, and the Holy