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Archive for the ‘Global crises’ Category

Ten words for a better world?

November 30, 2015

There’s an awful lot of upset in the world at the moment. Our media and leaders seem intent on sending messages that can strike fear in our hearts, stifle our spirit. The assumption is that the only way forward must be to fight. As my way of handling this, I list a number of words […]

Flowers in the Jungle

October 26, 2015

This week’s blog post is a little different, as I’m handing it over to a guest blogger – Clara Markiewicz, my eighteen year old daughter. She wrote this piece a couple of weeks ago, following her first visit to the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, Northern France. I’ve been trying to write this post for […]

Girl

September 21, 2015

Waiting in a hotel lobby the other day, my eyes went to one of those TV screens you see almost everywhere nowadays, showing rolling news with the sound turned down. This one was tuned to CNN and featured filmed images from Europe of refugees trying to cross over a border. Among the crowd, I spotted […]

Time was

January 5, 2015

“Time was when there were things around to be afraid of” Line from the lyrics of “Time Was” by Wishbone Ash . A couple of weeks back, I sat down and listened, for the first time in ages,  to the 70’s album, Argus by Wishbone Ash. The single line of lyrics above seemed to jump […]

Poppies

November 10, 2014

Remembrance Sunday was generally considered a fitting tribute to those that have fought for our country. The display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London was also a poignant reminder of every one of our troops who never made it as a result of World War 1. I think it’s absolutely appropriate to remember […]

The .001% (or less?)

July 21, 2014

Ever since the Occupy Wall Street movement came into being in 2011, the figure of 1% has taken on quite a potent meaning. The idea that such a small percentage of the world’s population enjoys a massively disproportionate amount of its material riches is, of course, understandable reason for great disquiet. Actually, I consider myself […]

The good life

April 21, 2014

I’ve never felt particularly comfortable around words like morals or ethics –somehow they smack of judgment, right and wrong and of such things being passed down from some rule book or higher authority. What I do know is that they are all too often the subject of great intellectual and philosophical debate – usually involving […]

Violence

January 27, 2014

I’ve always considered myself to be a peace loving, non-violent kind of person. Admittedly, I fall short of being all hippy about it, but I’m certainly not the type to throw my weight around or get into fights. In fact, I don’t recall ever actually having been in a physical fight – even in my […]

An abundance of Mandelas?

December 9, 2013

“To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Ralph Waldo Emerson . I have to start this post  by making a striking admission.  I have felt somewhat detached from […]

Cushy

March 10, 2013

The first dead body I ever saw had an unlit cigarette in its mouth. I was about twelve years old and Father Murray, our diminutive and eccentric history teacher was laid out in a coffin in the school chapel. We all had to file past to pay our final respects. A lad, a few up […]

A new flag to wave?

January 14, 2013

“Every bullet that is fired, is destined for some mother’s child”  Anon  I greatly enjoyed watching Simon Amstell’s stand up routine “Numb” on the BBC the other day. I was particularly amused and struck by his routine about flag waving. Asking where each of us comes from, he pointed out that we, every one of […]

What’s in front of you?

February 20, 2012

“Nothing is more debilitating than to care about something you can’t do anything about.”  Abraham-Hicks I seem to have lost count of the calamitous natural disasters that have occured all over the planet in the past couple of years. So much so, that I’m in great danger of feeling overwhelmed by it all. That last […]