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Occupy London – not looking so occupied

On a visit to London this week, I passed by St. Paul’s Cathedral – the site of London’s contribution to the global Occupy protest, which campaigns against the financial abundance of our wealthiest 1%. I agree with the principle that 99% of society should not be facing severe money worries whilst the top earners stand … Continue reading

Saudi Arabia: women can vote in 2015, but don’t let them mix with men or drive

Electoral reform is always a slow and painful process, especially where gender equality is concerned. In Britain we began by giving the over 30s the vote in 1918, with the Representation of the People Act, even though parliament had first been presented with a Women’s Suffrage bill in 1832. Yes, nearly 100 years to achieve … Continue reading

Edinburgh’s Architecture, from the new to the neglected

I’m just back from a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe – a cultural feast of comedy, theatre, music, art and literature, and a yearly pilgrimage that I’ve managed to make for three summers so far (I’m aiming for a consecutive ten). What struck me about 2011’s trip was how diverse the architecture is up here, … Continue reading

Amnesty International: unforgettable poster art

As an active member of Amnesty International, I was pleased to see that the charity’s Facebook page has recently begun to look back over years of tireless campaigns to promote human rights and changes in the law, each accompanied by graphic art to inspire the public. Although some of these posters were not as successful … Continue reading

The Hour, Episodes 1-2

[Images taken from Digital Spy, BBC on Youtube and ComicsBulletin.com]. I was really impressed by the first two episodes of this six-part series, which had been given the unfortunate label of the ‘British version of Mad Men’ to live up to. I don’t think that this is an entirely fair comparison, as The Hour can … Continue reading

The Best of Everything – a book that speaks to women across the generations

Rona Jaffe’s debut novel was first published in the 1950s when she was just twenty-six. The driving force for her, thematically, was the wall of silence concerning the lives of women at work and going out into the world for the first time. Though she focuses on the publishing industry in New York, the scenarios … Continue reading

Stop the casual sexism, please

Apologies for the lack of blogging – I’ve been preparing for a trip to Bristol this weekend. Rest assured, I will be back to normal soon. In the mean time, I wanted to leave you with this thought, from Jeff Stelling on Countdown (Channel 4, 21st July). Whilst discussing university and degrees with Rachael Riley, … Continue reading

Glamour Magazine France (Aout/August 2011) – more than a holiday read

[Images taken as photographs of the August issue. Please click to enlarge]. Returning from a French wedding last week, I was desperate for something to read on the Channel Tunnel journey home – it may only be half an hour, but you can’t exactly look out the window and marvel at the view. Seeing this … Continue reading

The Next Wrinkle-Buster – Article for Pigeons and Peacocks Magazine

Here is the second of my Pigeons and Peacocks articles – please click on each thumbnail to enlarge and view the page.This longer feature (following on from a piece by the fashion blogger Susie Bubble, no less) explores our attitudes to anti-ageing strategies throughout our lives. In the modern world we have become increasingly concerned … Continue reading

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