Women paying for a public life

Had you noticed the growing concern for the security of women in politics this year? Or was Jo Cox's assassination the first time you realized the scale of the fear? Perhaps it's been a media slow-burner but this year has already been one of more decisive action. On March 8th Madeleine Albright published the article, A hidden reality: … Continue reading Women paying for a public life

What the freak? The flaws in Florida’s make-up

    Two shocking incidents have bought Florida to mind this week. We've felt the terror of those caught up in the Orlando nightclub mass shooting and the helplessness of a little boy snapped by an alligator at a Walt Disney resort. Both truly, truly awful. Source: Sun Sentinel And far, far from our travel glossy view of Florida.  To us pasty faced Europeans, Florida … Continue reading What the freak? The flaws in Florida’s make-up

All credit to the man in the arena, still

These words from Theodore Roosevelt's motivational speech "Citizenship In A   Republic" were delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910.  Fitting now, perhaps, as we mourn a man who spent his career "in the arena...marred by dust and sweat and blood". Since the heavyweight champion died last Friday aged 74, sports writers have polished their prose … Continue reading All credit to the man in the arena, still

Picturing domestic abuse

Source: Hollywood Life But we know she's not alone.The statistics are horrendous. Worldwide, almost one-third (30%) of all women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner, in some regions this is much higher. Furthermore, globally as many as 38% of all murders of women are committed by intimate partners (WHO).  Chad, Afghanistan and … Continue reading Picturing domestic abuse