May day, may day should we celebrate or commiserate?

Part pagan, part seasonal,  part religious, part romantic, part revolutionary, part parade, part protest - May Day is a right old hotch-potch of a national holiday. We likely associate it with some kind of spectacle; May Queens and maypole dancing (in villages and towns), a bawdy Fire Festival (Edinburgh) or University students; jumping off bridges (Oxford), running into the … Continue reading May day, may day should we celebrate or commiserate?

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It’s a mother of a day

Timed no doubt to chime with this weekend's Mothering Sunday, Kate Middleton spoke at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists this week of her experience of motherhood, "Personally, becoming a mother has been such a rewarding and wonderful experience. However, at times it has also been a huge challenge. Even for me, who has support at home … Continue reading It’s a mother of a day

We all should be a Valentine

"All you need is love", sang The Beetles in 1967.  In a world that seems focussed on power and money and politicized religion, we probably need to think about love some more. Really think about love you know; the what, the why, the how.  And then consider how we are without love. It's easy to be cynical about … Continue reading We all should be a Valentine

Ringing in the New Year

Two years ago, this photo of drunken revellers on a Manchester street on New Year's Eve was hailed as a brilliant depiction of 21st century Britain. Taken by photographer Joel Goodman (and published in the Manchester Metro), a little tweet by a BBC producer, Roland Hughes, on it's artistic merits, saw it go viral.  Soon there were memes and … Continue reading Ringing in the New Year

So this is Christmas…

  Ask a primary school kid - what is Christmas? And they will most likely say, "the most magical thing" and then inform you all about the birth of baby Jesus and Father Christmas. Why the two don't really connect is of no interest to them (really, some children believe Jesus Christ plays football for Chelsea). … Continue reading So this is Christmas…