• CODA series: Sign Language

    October 28, 2019 by

    I have been using sign language all my life. I grew up in a ‘deaf family’, where both my parents are deaf. They have been signing at me since I was a newborn and I have been signing back for longer than I have been talking. By the time I started school, I was bi-lingual,… Read more

  • Walk in my Shoes

    October 6, 2019 by

    I’m delighted to be once again taking part in Walk In My Shoes FM, the pop-up radio station, to mark World Mental Health Day. The station comes on air tomorrow and broadcasts all week (7-11 October 2019) . Walk in My Shoes works to promote positive mental health, to tackle mental health stigma and change… Read more

  • Somewhere Only We Know

    October 4, 2019 by

    The Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and one of the most recognisable human structures on the planet, are located just outside Cairo. They rise impossibly from the sands of the Sahara, where there have stood for over 4500 years. These massive structures seem beyond the capabilities or requirements… Read more

  • How to Win Against History

    October 2, 2019 by

    The wealthy and the privileged obsess on their legacy. Not content with winning the lottery of life, they want to win against history; a history that conspires with death, that ‘great leveller’, to render everyone equally forgotten. They do great deeds of charity and philanthropy that somehow always require acknowledgment by award, statue or a… Read more

  • Last Orders at the Dockside

    September 26, 2019 by

    When I was a kid, one of my favourite school lessons was learning the nouns for various occupations. Sometimes the word was obvious: a person who works in a bank is called a banker. Sometimes the word made less sense to my 8-year old mind and my failure to memorise it would earn me a… Read more

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