Category Archives: Thinking

Unaccompanied refugee children await Judges’ decision on their future.

A High Court hearing against government closes as the future of thousands of children hang in the balance. Last Thursday 22ndJuly I went to the end of a three-day high court hearing in London, the result of which will dictate … Continue reading

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Breaking Promises, Breaking Children.

Last week saw the government backing out of the ‘Dubs’ amendment, a policy which promised to take in 3000 out of the 95000 unaccompanied migrant children. Instead we will accept a maximum of 350. It is now essential that the … Continue reading

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Who cares about corpses in the street.

Have you ever seen a dead body on the street? Most of us haven’t. What if you did? You’d undoubtably have some violent reactions. Call 999. Try and resuscitate them. Shout and cry. All of these? Lots of other things … Continue reading

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Rwanda’s disappeared – where are they?

Rwanda’s press scene is a media ghost town. Freedom of speech has deteriorated into a widespread culture of fear and self-censorship. This is a result of police-state style oppression of voices seen as dissenting or threatening to the regime. Today … Continue reading

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The myth of ‘bad english’ DISPELLED

Hi there fellow english speakers. I used to be one of these people – big time. The pseudo-intellectual person offended by misused apostrophes, confused homonyms (like ‘their’ and ‘there’), the ‘mis-use’ of grammar in many natural ways of speaking, incorrect … Continue reading

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Goodbye to my friend

Hey friend. There isn’t much to say I guess. I guess everything was already said between us. Everything we possibly could have had we did have. It was perfect. Every laugh and moment of joy, every experience and adventure we lived … Continue reading

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A letter to my boss.

Boss, I know you disguise all your inappropriate comments, graphic remarks and sexual jokes under a thick comfortable cloak of humour. You probably also fool yourself – it’s all harmless comedy therefore it’s totally acceptable. I’m sure you even think you’re … Continue reading

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How language is messing us up.

Words are a real problem. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of alternatives. Our obligation to use them, however, doesn’t mean we should not be criticising, analysing and pulling them apart. Sure, this is done to death in literature classrooms around … Continue reading

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Drug Legalisation

Drug legalisation is a topic which has been fairly low profile in recent years. Since central Europe has been preoccupied with turmoil in the Arab Spring, fiscal crises and increasingly widespread resistance to austerity, the singular question of drug legalisation has understandably … Continue reading

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