Under Milk Wood goes Reggae [Audio]

Under Dubwood take the words of Dylan Thomas spoken by Richard Burton and mixes them with the studio sounds of King Tubby.  The result is a curiously displaced psychedelic skank, putting Llareggub somewhere just outside downtown Kingston, Jamaica. Love it!

Street Art

Street art excites controversy.   To some street art is graffiti, something unwanted, an attack on the urban fabric and their sense of safety within it.   To others street art is a means of expression, of enlivening and humanising urban spaces, introducing humour, colour and passion.  

Technology in East Africa

Mobile technology is spurring entrepreneurial led economic growth in East Africa.   There are lessons here for the developed world too, low-cost accessible technology can be put into service for the majority of people. Technology doesn’t have to be a competitive status symbol, or just a leisure accessory.   This development was first covered by my journalistContinue reading “Technology in East Africa”

Men of quality do not fear equality

I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment that men of quality do not fear equality. I’m amazed that some men think it demeaning to cook or clean, or wield a needle and thread.   Just as I am by women who balk at wielding a hammer or turning a screwdriver.   To me the almost obsessive focusContinue reading “Men of quality do not fear equality”

Quiet genius

This is a great example of media promoting a cause.   Disco grew out of marginalised subcultures – black, Latino and gay – with an inherent message of unity and self-expression.   Now, English Disco Lovers are aiming to take the English Defence League (a far-right bunch of thugs) no. 1 position on Google.    Go on, doContinue reading “Quiet genius”

What is missing?

One in five mammals, one in three amphibians, one in eight birds and one in three fish of those so far assessed are under threat of extinction. The assumption that we in the developed world are doing a better job at conservation is also shaken by the ‘What is missing’ initiative.

We’re changing the world

Science tells us that we are now in the geological epoch known as the Holocene. This era has lasted for 12,000 years and encompasses the rise of humanity since the last ice age. Some scientists now think we have actually entered a new era, called the Anthropocene, an era in which the world no longerContinue reading “We’re changing the world”