• Feature

    PREPARE FOR ACTIVE SHOOTER

    I PUT up the cardboard, keep my class of 16- and 17-year-olds silent – or as silent as I can, and wait for the all clear. It’s routine. Routine to prepare for an active shooter. Routine to prepare to push…

  • Reviews

    THE SHAPE OF GRIEF

    AMONG POST-IT notes, dusty notepads, and scraps from past travels, there’s a postcard which my girlfriend proudly mounts in her desk area and is the main message of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is…

  • Comment

    THE WORST RECORD STORE OWNER IN THE WORLD

    IT’S SOMETHING fine to find a Jackson Browne vinyl these days.Not only does this satisfy a hipster need to buy music on wax, but Browne’s confessional songwriting, particularly his early work, is worth every attentive second. Born on 9 October…

  • Poetry

    #MeToo

    TWENTY-SEVEN years oldWalking in the evening’s cool(Twenty-one years to go – don’t stroll through town with your boyfriend). When I was nineteen(Thirteen years and counting – don’t crouch down, don’t turn your back on politiciansHowever small-town-local,Don’t crouch down). It happened…

  • Reviews

    SOME GOOD SHIT

    THIS IS not another top 10 list. Instead, it’s a musical muse over some of the best 2017 releases. Maybe you’ll hate these picks. Maybe you’ll love them. The beauty of music is how 12 notes can be combined with…

  • Feature

    China is Choking

    THE BLUE light catches my eye, and I peer at the illuminated square in the middle of the little white plastic egg. The number is 59. I wait to see if it’ll tick over to 60. I hope it doesn’t.…

  • Feature

    BMI BABIES

    “HOW MANY weeks are you?” asks the woman in the pink t-shirt.The women reply: “27…25…31…32…25.”“Oh right, I wonder why I got tested so early?”Ignoring the elephant in the room, I ask pink t-shirt: “So how many weeks are you?” ​​ The…

  • Reviews,  Travel

    NORTHERN LIGHTS

    ONCE I stepped off the shuttle bus on to the remarkably dark and crisp, cold-smelling platform of Torp train station, I realised that, like so many pilots wanting to take a winter holiday, Michael O’Leary had screwed me.Don’t make the…

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    CAREER FREESTYLING

    IT OCCURRED to me the other morning as I stood in front of the mirror pinning up strands of hair in yet another random design that my approach to work should really start reflecting my approach to hairstyling. There is…