My upbringing gave me gifts, I had never realised. Judging people on account of their colour or creed was just not considered acceptable in my family when I was little. In fact my father had made sure I knew about the Holocaust from a very early age. I had never considered myself racist until my […]
Yesterday while watching a crime documentary, (I have always had an interest in crime and what makes criminals tick.) I had suddenly realised I had a clarity of vision, which I had never had before. The pure narcissistic rage which had culminated in this particular, terrible event, was suddenly visible to me. It was like I […]
Richard Branson You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by falling over. Through dealing with toxic people I have learned that seeking peace is ironically often a fight. Watching Bobby Kennedy give his speech I recognised he was actually engaged in a battle. The weapons were truth, humility and courage. My ways […]
Bobby Kennedy told a group of black people in Indianopolis that Martin Luther King had just died. Robert F. Kennedy speeech for unity Perhaps we all need to hear such unifying words again.
Acts of civil disobedience are never popular. By definition it almost always involves making a much maligned stand. I remember the film Gandhi. For me the most harrowing scene was the one where the Indians walk calmly towards the salt works while enduring vicious beatings, yet continue silently and courageously on their way. It needs […]
I love newspaper archives. I have waded enthusiastically in when one of my youngsters had had a project on the Industrial Revolution. When I had studied this turmultuous period at school, I had found it dull, dry and uninteresting. Wading into The British Newspaper Archives had taught me just how wrong I was. Perhaps having […]