Whether you’re a football supporter or not, it’s been hard to ignore the commotion that’s sweep through England over the last month, from extensive news coverage, honking horns, parades of the St George flag in bedroom windows, to the roaring shouts of ‘it’s coming home,’ the football has seeped into both public and private space. … More English when ‘we’ win, Migrant when ‘we’ lose
Happy New Year, WordPress community! I hope the start to the year has been blessed! I want to start by thanking those of you who have continued to follow my sporadic thoughts on this blog, I hope they have provided some food for thought, or at the very least, a bit more than average distraction. … More A New Season
It’s interesting how the same question, spoken in the same formulation can invoke such contradictory emotions within a single recipient. The very familiar ‘where are you from?’ is one of those amorphous phrases that has accompanied me as I move through the world for as long as I can remember. It is a four word … More ‘Where are you from?’
I received this book review from a dear reader for my latest book, Conversations at Crossroads and I was touched beyond words. To be granted the beautiful privilege of knowing what my words have stirred at others, and seeing through their lens and their vision of the world how are stories are all interconnected is undoubtedly one … More A Review: Conversations at Crossroads
This topic has been an interest of mine since I discovered Pirandello’s opera in my penultimate year of university. His works I Quaderni di Serafino Gubbio (Shoot!), Il fu Mattia Pascal (The Late Mattia Pascal), and Uno, nessuno e centomila (One, None, and a Hundred Thousand), are just a few of the many of his works which dissect the … More Does individualism cause identity crisis?
‘I’m so privileged to announce that I’ve been offered a place at…’ ‘I’m proud to announce that I have graduated with a…’ Signed, ‘can’t wait to see what the future holds.’ The topic of flaunting our privilege has been something that I’ve been mulling over recently, especially with graduation just over and many graduates posting … More Stop flaunting your privilege!
I’m back again with…you guessed it, another commentary on my favourite TV show, this time on the delicate topic of mental health. In this episode of Grown-ish (‘Only Human’, Season 2, Episode 19), the main characters open up the floor to the difficult topic of students’ mental health after one of the residents at Hawkings (a … More Grown-ish on Mental Health
I have this thing about houses. I’ve lived in council flats my whole life and I used to be ashamed of it. I wonder to myself if I still carry that ‘shame’, and if so, why? I used to attend a secondary school, which, at the time, was well frequented by students from mixed economic … More Growing up on a Council Estate and feelings of embarrassment
[ 08/07/19 ] I debated whether to write this post and share my dream (which I am about to share…) with anyone another than a couple of close friends. If you continue reading you’ll see why. For the average non-dreamer my dream might seem a bit unhinged and paranoiac; I’m sure there is someone out there … More The Power of Dreams
The latest episode of Grown-ish (Season 2, Episode 7) entitled ‘Messy’ uses the pretext of a new “Enthusiastic Sober Consent” policy to discuss the sticky topic of consent. The theoretical policy, which requires that “mutual voluntary consent is communicated clearly before and during any sexual activity” is introduced on the CalU campus as a result … More Grown-ish on Sexual Consent