Health is wealth

Health is wealth

Now that we’re in the season of overindulgence, it feels like a good time to consider some of the things that many of us take for granted. If we are lucky enough to be born with healthy bodies, we simply assume that all our bodily functions will operate like precise...
A manifesto for solidarity

A manifesto for solidarity

The grass has grown under my feet, in the sense that I was sold a dummy by a group of people who appeared to have strong ideals about the way that people of my heritage ought to live our lives. We were supposed to stand in solidarity against the influence of those who...
Vocabularies and terms of reference

Vocabularies and terms of reference

Musicians of an older generation who lived through the golden age of the record business in London, used to tell me that it was very difficult to gain access to opportunities to get their music heard in the 1960s and ‘70s, mainly because of the insular and parochial...
Civics and History

Civics and History

As a youngster I was taught Civics by the Principal of my school. Looking back, it seems to me that the idea of including such a subject in the school’s curriculum was to build an understanding of the role that individual citizens should play in any culture or...
Savouring the journey

Savouring the journey

As time passes, it becomes clearer that journeys are more important than destinations. This is not to suggest that we should wander aimlessly through life, without any goals or ideals. It’s only when looking back on the way things have happened that one...