In summer 2019, I was on panels discussing Decolonising Culture (Royal Academy) and Reimagining Britain (Queen Mary, University of London/ Wasafiri Magazine’s 35th anniversary). Many themes ran across both these experiences, foremost among them: Imagination can be a revolutionary act, and revolutions never end. Imagination and revolution are about words, voices, ideas, and actions; they’reContinue reading “Imagining the future”
Sam Lee is a celebrated folk singer, collector, interpreter and revivalist of old folk songs. With ‘The Moon Shines Bright’, Sam borrows from the Gypsy and traveller tradition a song which asks us to stop and see what our increasingly standardised world is doing to us. On ‘The Moon Shines Bright’ Sam’s joined by ElizabethContinue reading “The Moon Shines Bright”
A breezy, damp, dark Wednesday evening. Spirits low and not relishing the prospect of a damp Autumn I made my way to Telegraph Hill’s Peppeckish.
In Summer 2019 we had the enormous good fortune to be invited to lunch at The Sportsman at Seasalter. It was a curious accident of fate, it was meant to happen and to reconnect us with dear friends, renew old acquaintances, and it took place a few days after my beloved’s birthday, taking celebration toContinue reading “The Sportsman at Seasalter”
I heard a live preview of Natacha Atlas’s album STRANGE DAYS at an intimate gig in Blackheath earlier this summer. It was an extraordinary experience, hypnotic, transporting, musically accomplished, and unsettling too – a perfect metaphor for the times we live in. The album is out now, and its title – STRANGE DAYS – perfectlyContinue reading “Natacha Atlas – Strange Days”
How to Write About Africa is a satirical essay by the Kenyan writer, activist and wit, Binyavanga Wainaina. It’s an interesting and illuminating read – a perfect antidote to the colonial narrative.
Those two words – Cabbage, and Soup – are usually enough to strike fear into the most courageous hearts. Fear not dear reader. Cabbage is uninspiring. Yes, it’s full of minerals and vitamins. Yes, it’s good for you. But it’s cabbage! In Britain it’s most commonly eaten with disdain as an accompaniment to a SundayContinue reading “Cabbage Soup”
I used to love my Mother’s Indian Water Pickle, eaten as a child with freshly made, flaky, buttery Paratha and a daal. It’s a North Indian classic. Like most pickles, it’s a way of preserving veg into the winter months. But let’s face it, it works any time of year. This particular pickle uses carrotContinue reading “Indian Water Pickle and Paratha”
Poem Portraits is brought to you by Google. It’s an art experiment, part crowdsourced, and part AI driven, learning as it goes. Donate a word to become part of an ever evolving collective poem and create your own POEM PORTRAIT – Try out Poem Portraits It’s diverting, but I’m not sure the quality is whatContinue reading “Poem Portraits”
Ofcom’s Online Nation was released yesterday. It offers a useful insight into how and why people in the UK use online tools and resources. And the findings may surprise some. They should. Check out the really handy thread from Rob Blackie which summarises the reports main findings – then get your grandparents to teach youContinue reading “Online Nation”