Masala Eggy Bread

Eggy bread, or French Toast, is a comfort food par excellence! There’s a reason why pretty much every food culture has a version of this satisfying breakfast/brunch dish. My taste memory includes three types of eggy bread – sweet, savoury and spicy – and we knew it as French Toast (if sweet), Eggy Bread (if […]

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Everyday and ordinary

We’re encouraged to think of the everyday and ordinary as somehow sub standard, or unremarkable. That perception is very wrong. Context is everything, like so much in life. 2020 has certainly been a strange year, and for obvious reasons. And now, the weather is also about to turn. Don’t be surprised that you feel a […]

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Athena Kugblenu

Athena Kugblenu. Where do I start? Comedian, yes. Writer, yes. Broadcaster for BBC Radio 4s Loose Ends, yes. But Athena is also a friend, and a wonderful soul. During lockdown Athena adapated her plantain lunch idea to take in conversations which became podcasts – instead of cooking and chatting together, we just chatted across the […]

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Get back to work

With threats that our city centres will become ghost towns, and that working from home is killing the economy, there’s a cataclysmic tone ringing around conversations about work. The simple truth is, commuters are revolting. Why does this matter?

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Knowledge

Knowledge is power. While that’s true, those who choose a deliberate blindness to facts, suggests that a lack of knowledge is also a comfort, and empowering for some at the expense of others. It’s that liberality with other people’s existence which is under challenge, and which should be challenged. Now, I know there will be […]

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Equal Stages

I’m featured in a book called Equal Stages: Standing Up for Identity and Integrity in the Performing Arts, Vol 1. It’s never going to be a best-seller, that’s not the point of the book. It is going to be something which helps to inform the journey that communities and cultures need to make as they come […]

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Taking Positive Actions

We’re at a point in time where taking positive actions has become a conscious choice. We need change.  In three short months we’ve gone from a situation where there was widespread support for Government actions to one where the exact opposite applies. This lack of faith carries across our social spaces – whether arts organisations, […]

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