I took this photo as I walked past some TVs while I was at work today. It was lunchtime and I was on a break from facilitating a workshop. I couldn’t avoid the bank of TVs all simultaneously blaring Brexit-related news and today’s formal announcement of Brexit was the worst.  I’m not going to try […]

Let’s start with some first principles: Trump is literally not my president. I didn’t have a vote in the election, as I’m not an American nor do I live there. And yes, I know exactly how it feels to have foreigners tell you what they don’t like about your country or your government. And I try […]

It really seems like 2016 is trying to push this world to the very edge before it takes its last gasp on 31st December. The assassination of the Russian ambassador to Turkey live on TV was shocking and brutal. And won’t be without its consequences. I tell you what else: scrolling through twitter, I didn’t expect […]

I haven’t written too much about the horrible, horrible events of 2016 on this blog. I sometimes wonder how useful it is to share angst online, if it’s not accompanied by action.

And one of my key observations about this year has been the tendency of people with whom I identify and like, to comment a lot, but do very little.

On the other hand, what’s the point of having an easily-accessible place to share my views if I limit it to pure geekery and pictures of food? And while it might result in readers abandoning the blog in droves, I think it’s more important to be honest – especially now.

I never started writing online to make others like me, after all.

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I watched coverage of the EU Referendum until 4am on Friday morning, sitting on my couch and blinking in disbelief. In the last few months, the campaign to leave the EU has been characterised by hatred, xenophobia and some outright lies about both the EU and what life outside of the EU would be like.

Despite the volume and frequency of the “Leave” campaign’s propaganda, I had hoped that common sense would prevail and the “Remain” vote would win – securing the UK’s place in the union.

It turns out that common sense was sorely lacking the day the UK went to vote on this enormous topic. The fact that “What is the EU?” was the second-most searched topic online a day later illustrates to me that people had no idea what they were doing. Continue reading

An appalling story reported by Attitude – refugees from the Middle East who have ended up in Amsterdam have been threatened and attacked… by other refugees. Just because they’re gay. After being spat on, threatened and attacked by others in their refugee centre, Dutch News reports five gay men – three from Syria, one from Iran and […]

A chilling piece in this morning’s Guardian: Saudi authorities have sentenced a man to death for renouncing Islam. A Palestinian poet and leading member of Saudi Arabia’s nascent contemporary art scene has been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam. A Saudi court on Tuesday ordered the execution of Ashraf Fayadh, who has curated art shows […]

I flew back home to London from Barcelona last night, landing just as news was breaking of the attacks in Paris. Cue a journey home on the train and tube updating Twitter and the BBC news app for more details. Unbelievable. Heart-breaking. I watched the people around me doing the same, whispering about updates to the […]