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Posts Tagged ‘Diversity

Tolerance? I’m not so sure

June 16, 2014

Much has been written and said in recent weeks about British values and how they should be held up as being what makes our country “great”.  One word that keeps cropping up in this debate  is “tolerance”. I’d say, that venerating  this as a value represents hyperbole of considerable proportions. Yes, the British may be […]

Understanding

August 12, 2013

A few weeks back I promised a mate I’d watch a TV programme on line that he’d referred me to. I haven’t got round to it yet, as it’s a show that seeks to disprove the value and efficacy of complementary therapies. To be honest, I’m not sure I really want to watch it, given […]

Open letter to the head of Lacoste Retail UK

June 17, 2013

Dear Sir/Madam Please excuse the impersonal appearance of this letter, however I have had difficulty establishing the name of the top person at Lacoste in the UK. Hopefully, given the wonders of the internet, this missive will find its way to you. On a recent Sunday afternoon,  I visited your retail store in Gatwick Airport. […]

Oh, for a simpler life!

April 22, 2013

I went into a bank recently in order to pay a bill. It wasn’t my usual branch, so they didn’t know me. Also, I’d not filled in my payment slip as I didn’t have my reading specs with me. I arrived at  the cashier’s window and, white cane in hand,  passed over the payment and slip […]

Easter message: “I don’t care”

April 1, 2013

Recently I watched a fascinating episode of the excellent Storyville documentary series on the BBC. This particular edition was about the Anonymous movement which has arisen in recent years. I found the programme fascinating, inspiring, sinister and scary in pretty much equal measure. However, I want to focus on just the very last few seconds […]

Observation from a Facebook forum

March 4, 2013

I regularly dip into a Facebook forum page for people with visual impairment. As is typical of such pages, people will post questions, comments, experiences and so on. Most, but not all of the subscribers to the forum are UK based and the majority seem to be white British. What I have also noticed is […]

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 […]

The diversity paradox

March 19, 2012

Are there times where you feel on the outside of things, as if you don’t fit, don’t belong?  This can certainly be my own experience  for an assortment of reasons and, I have an inkling that it applies to just about all of us at some time or other. Three weeks ago, along with my […]