• Comment

    EDUCATING LELO – TO SHOULDER THE BLAME

    OPEN LETTER to Drew Povey, Headteacher on Channel 4’s “Educating Greater Manchester” ​​ I GET it. You’ve got a mega to-do list for running what was once one of the country’s worst performing secondary schools. And I understand that talking to a…

  • Feature

    SIZE MATTERS IN CONFLICT THAT NEVER FLAGS

    MY FLAGPOLE is bigger than yours, says North Korea. Squinting through binoculars out into the hazy distance, it is possible to make out two flagpoles. One carries the Taegukgi, flag of South Korea. The taller sports the red and blue…

  • Feature

    PEACE IN VOLUNTARY EXILE

    THERE IS only one taxi on the island of Folegandros so we arrange for our hotel to send a car to the port. The mid-morning sky is watercolour gradient of pale-grey and blue. The heat of the September sun is…

  • Short

    INFINITE VEST

    DEAR GOD, Attaca wished she could awake one morning and find herself transformed into a large black beetle. That would be so exceptionally pleasing.  The most important thing would be not to panic and instead of any nonsense about trying…

  • Poetry

    SEE NO EVIL

    THE DOTS We’re not counting little boxes on the hillside anymore; We’re counting dots on the borderlines, Black, brown, beige, rarely white, but sometimes, Dots. If I squeeze my eyes tight enough, they merge, bleed to one, They don’t bleed…

  • Reviews

    LOVE AND PARALYSIS

    AT THE gala screening of Andy Serkis’s Breathe, I saw one of its stars, Claire Foy (The Crown) wearing perhaps the oddest dress I have ever seen. She opted to pair her electrically bright, sequinned, full-length, puffy skirted but sheer bodiced number with…

  • Reviews

    PORRIDGE ROCK

    THE PAST year has seen the incessant use in the UK of the word hygge.This tired, insipid Danish word isn’t directly translatable but loosely means cosiness, warmth, and contentment. But bid hygge farewell. Apparently, 2018 is the year of lagom,…

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    FRACTURED TIME

    I TAPPED the paper with my finger as if hoping to scare the depravity away. Transcribing it had brought back my migraine and the tension behind my eyes was almost as blinding as the conflict I felt inside. Should I…

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    Men Are Cancelled

    IT’S PRETTY short. It’s a true story given some artistic licence. Used this to teach my 11th grade kids the use of adianeota. It was fun to use this to teach. I started by asking who had had a bad…

  • Recipe

    Trust In Cod

    The soft smell of pastry baking. The gentle scent on a cold night of hot chips and vinegar. Baked puddings and lashings of custard. Cue the start of winter and the onslaught of comfort food. Pies, puddings, stews and anything…