Again, we are horrified by what we see on TV, and social media. Children targeted in an existential struggle they have no active part in. It cuts to the core for many of us for many reasons. We struggle to come up with answers not only for us to make sense of it for our […]Read more "All the lights that lead us there are blinding"
Like everyone, I am aghast at the events in Paris and Beirut. I have been grappling with whether to write anything, as there have been plenty of words and lines written since Saturday, and I’m not sure if I can add anything worthwhile. I haven’t watched the news bulletins, getting most of my information from […]Read more "Cities of Light"
Being in Japan has reminded me that I wanted to come back and write about two works, Underground and After the Quake, by one of favourite writers, Haruki Murakami. Murakami is a Japanese writer who the Japanese literary establishment hate, the public love, and generally the western literary establishment love. He writes mainly surreal fiction, […]Read more "Talking (cats)astrophe-the writing of Haruki Murakami"
A day in London, on the way to Devon to visit relatives, I managed to convince my girls that we start the day with a visit to the London Bombings memorial. Not quite what they had in mind, as they were hoping for a shopping day. It did feel a little incongruous (particularly as the […]Read more "London Calling"
What has been missing from the coverage of MH17 has been the impact on the Ukranians. THe way it has been depicted until I saw this article in the New Daily was that it was a solely western tragedy perpetrated by an evil “other”. The Ukranians to date have been depicted drunken callous marauding looters […]Read more "The other side"
The journey has begun for the downed. The scene of a dilapidated old freight train pulling out of a station doesn’t give high hopes for dignity to be maintained in death. Having said that life wasn’t respected in the first instance, so one wonders why would dignity be respected. As they make their way home, […]Read more "Bringing them home"