Catriona Robertson

journeys at home and abroad

Category Archives: London

Measuring out life with coffee spoons

The latest episode of Analysis has the Quantified Self movement (measuring our daily actions, body data, feelings) up against TS Eliot and Rowan Williams.  Can Myers-Briggs, smart phones, self-tracking and … Continue reading

16 June 2013

Woolwich, alienation and belonging

After hearing Nick Clegg speak to a multi-religious audience on Friday, I went down to Woolwich. I attended Juma prayers at the local mosque, bought a peace lily at Tesco’s … Continue reading

26 May 2013 · 6 Comments

Robertson Recommends

BOOKS Yesterday I bought Richard Sennett’s Together: the rituals, pleasures & politics of cooperation.  The blurb says “Living with people who differ – racially, ethnically, religiously, or economically – is … Continue reading

19 May 2013 · 3 Comments

The week in London

TUESDAY Delighted to be at the House of Lords on Tuesday (security in overdrive – day before the State Opening of Parliament)  for the Syeda Fatima Interfaith Conference. Surrounded by … Continue reading

13 May 2013 · 2 Comments

Sharing the silence at Selfridges

Selfridges has reinstated its 1909 Silence Room.  To enter, you need to remove shoes and electronic devices.  The entrance is down a dark corridor and the inside is carpeted and … Continue reading

14 January 2013 · 1 Comment

A Jewish weekend

Yesterday I joined one of South London Inter Faith Group’s walks.  It included the Bevis Marks Synagogue (the website has a beautiful soundtrack). On Saturday evening I was at the … Continue reading

16 July 2012

Inside and outside St Paul’s

What a difference a week makes. When I visited OccupyLSX last weekend, eviction proceedings were under way,  there was plenty of hostility (from the London Mayor, the government), the Dean … Continue reading

7 November 2011 · 2 Comments

Occupy London Stock Exchange

The Occupy LSX camp held an open multifaith event outside St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday – Sermon on the Steps.  How could I resist? I live tweeted until I got … Continue reading

31 October 2011

How important to religion is belief?

If you’re religious, do you suffer reputational damage from attending a humanist or secularist event?  Or, if you’re atheist, from going to religious events?  Compared to the huge number of … Continue reading

22 October 2011 · 1 Comment

Does it matter who bought the new homes?

It used to be an old people’s home, then a temporary hostel for asylum-seekers.  After that, the building next to us was squatted. Everything was demolished,  including some flats for … Continue reading

18 September 2011 · 1 Comment

It may be raining, but . .

. .  we’re all set for the BBQ launch of our new Neighbourhood Watch this afternoon. A knock on the door and a chat last week, a flyer through the … Continue reading

20 August 2011

Muslim-led fortnight of neighbourliness

I was happy to speak at the launch of the Islamic Forum of Europe‘s new project, My Neighbours.  The project will run for a couple of weeks – it encourages … Continue reading

22 July 2011

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