Breaking out of a siege mentality

Likely lucky for most of us, we've spent the past 5 years  living out our lives, in a peaceful nation, free of religious or political tyranny. Not so the citizens of Aleppo, they've been in a different place - a possible hell; witnessing the virtual destruction of their home city, their lives endangered on a daily  (hourly, even) basis, by a fierce, relentless, murderous … Continue reading Breaking out of a siege mentality


The wonder of a city wander

So reader - do you feel comfortable walking our city streets? Do you ever walk with no agenda or appointment or map? Are you happy to wander in an urban area without accompaniment (other than your normal commute)? And when alone, do you feel more conspicuous? My guess, your answers - especially if you are female - are … Continue reading The wonder of a city wander

Love Turkey, hate this artistic suppression

For 30 million worldwide tourists a year Turkey means either offers sparkling white sands and a twinkling azure sea or the hurly-burly and heritage sites of Istanbul.  Along it's Mediterranean and Aegean coastlines there are beach resorts for all types, from the Bodrum Peninsula to Kalkan and Marmaris. Alongside the usual swim, drink and dine; you can marvel … Continue reading Love Turkey, hate this artistic suppression

It started with a kiss…

A Judas kiss.   Just like Jesus experienced a couple of centuries ago, it's been a right ol' week for friends betraying friends. First it was political as Justice Secretary Michael Gove plotted and garroted his former ally Boris Johnson. Intrigue and betrayal may be rooted in our state affairs, but the revenge tragedy currently being played on the political stage is rather … Continue reading It started with a kiss…

It’s all so political…give us some art

Since the Brexit result, the noisy news has been relentless.  Our politicians have found the going slippery  (so much rivalry and skulduggery), the economic marketplace appears clueless, whilst out in the towns reserved resentments are popping up like ugly jack-in-the -boxes.  The world looks on at us; unsettled and rather shameful. The power-play will continue over the coming days, months and possibly … Continue reading It’s all so political…give us some art

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

To Be an Insta Pilgrim

Have you been hearing the social app, Instagram, likened to The Pilgrim's Progress? It comes up in opinion columns occasionally. What has this classic tale to do with modern Instagram users? Is this a casual connection - simply shorthand for people having adventures and recording them? Or is there something more too this analogy? As you know already; Instagram is like Twitter but with photos and … Continue reading To Be an Insta Pilgrim

In need of a culture cure, PM?

Whilst their respective press offices work hard to spin those diplomatic gaffe stories off the front pages, the Prime Minister's and the Queen's very public trip-ups this week show the world the British press don't mind scoring an own goal. David Cameron's aside has probably caused the most offense. He was overheard telling the Queen  that “some fantastically corrupt … Continue reading In need of a culture cure, PM?

Mourning the many, as many

Tomorrow, Good Friday, Christians darken their churches to mourn the crucifixion of their almighty, Jesus Christ. This year, so far, we have prayed goodbye to several other idols, famed and venerated for their creative accomplishments. Now, Europe is head-bowed for the everyday people torn by terror in Brussels. What are the best ways to aesthetically represent this mourning together? News reportage, arguably, captures the  spirit of a collective … Continue reading Mourning the many, as many

The Art of the Political Wife

Political wives may be easy pickings for a joke or two in the press but the death last week of Nancy Reagan, the recent new series release of the House of Cards on Netflix, and the high profile campaigning of Mrs Clinton in the US, give us a real reason to look at the role of the spouse … Continue reading The Art of the Political Wife