Category Archives: Policy commentary

Stepping up, not moving on: #artistsforeurope

Let us make #artistsforeurope, a movement to weave us into patterns that sustain us, to draw us together and consciously create the future. That is, after all, what we do. Continue reading

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#yesuntiltheend @dignityindying

Dear Mr Doughty, I am writing to ask you to support the Assisted Dying Bill when it is published next week and comes before Parliament.  I understand from your reply to a friend that you will not be considering this … Continue reading

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The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper

Machynlleth is home to the rather wonderful Museum of Modern Art (more a gallery really as you can buy the work) and their annual show took this quotation (from Eden Philpott) as its starting point. This very beautiful piece by … Continue reading

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Calanques, copper and stonechats

Amlwch on the north coast of Anglesey is now a small, depressed town with an obviously struggling economy. I talked to a young woman of 16 and her 12 year old brother, who were both itching to leave rather than … Continue reading

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Dykes, broads and carrs: the meaning of English

Wake. Wash. Broad, carr and navigation. My personal, ambiguous favourite, dyke. Words with multiple meanings, complex etymology, a storied history. Such words are intimately associated with the intermingling of land and water, with places of the borderline, places where identity is … Continue reading

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Unassisted dying, Parkinsons and cruel myths: #yesuntiltheend

Myth number 1: you don’t die of Parkinson’s. Website after medical article after clinician will tell you it’s not terminal. And most people, it seems, don’t. They die of complications after a fall (all too common as the disease destroys … Continue reading

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@BBCr4Today replies to my complaint about Lawson

Ceri Thomas is the august Head of Programmes at BBC News.  He has said, in reply to my letter: The BBC is committed to impartial and balanced coverage of climate change. Furthermore we accept that there is broad scientific agreement … Continue reading

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“BBCr4Today: Lawson is from Lala Land.

This is an open letter to Jamie Angus, Editor of Radio 4’s Today programme.  I am grateful to Rob Hopkins at Transition Towns, who wrote a letter yesterday with many relevant points I have plagiarised. Basically: the BBC should not … Continue reading

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1300 years of blood: valuing the instruments of peace

Next time you wonder what the European Union has ever done for us, remember just one word. Peace. It has been the greatest force to bring jaw-jaw to the dysfunctional family, and we should treasure it for that alone. We … Continue reading

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icon (εἰκών)/vanity (καθομιλουμένη)

‘Icon‘ is one of the most overused terms in 21st century English.  Bands, buildings, comedians.  You name it, someone somewhere has labelled it iconic. Of course, for anyone in the place-making business, ‘icons’ are themselves iconised by Gehry’s Bilbao Museum.  Everybody wants … Continue reading

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