Refugees: what are we learning from the current crisis?
What are we learning from the refugee crisis? It’s not a new story, but it makes the news when something exceptionally distressing happens: the little boy who drowned, the abandoned … Continue reading
The EU, religion & belief
A first for the EU Parliament – a seminar for religious associations. I’ve written about my day trip to Brussels on the London Boroughs Faiths Network blog. Here’s a bit … Continue reading
Fear and Hope
Searchlight Educational Trust’s Fear and Hope report is now online. There’s quite a lot of it so a good read will have to wait. A quick look at the ‘tribes’ … Continue reading
A fab birthday treat – a weekend in Vienna :) This time (last visit was July) I had the brilliant company of my husband (WWI, second hand books, Freud). I … Continue reading
Wow! Work has exploded this week. Everyone in London seems to be back at their desks, full of zest and ideas from their summer break – and writing me emails. … Continue reading
I spent three weeks in Vienna as a teenager in the 70s and loved it: Klimt, the Ringstrasse, Blumen stalls, Cat Stevens tapes and being puzzled that almost everyone wore … Continue reading
Truanting . . .
I could have returned to London straight after the conference at Caux in Switzerland, but who could resist an international inter-rail timetable which included Vienna, Prague and Berlin? I dare … Continue reading
UK responses to French vote on burqa wearers
A flurry of press reports and comments in response to the French vote to ban the wearing of face-coverings in public: Prospect Magazine: Why France is banning the veil New … Continue reading
Who are you?
No, not genealogy – spare me – but identity. Gary Younge was on BBC2’s The Review Show (the arts show that hasn’t quite found its feet since it stopped being … Continue reading
Civil society in Hungary, headscarf bans in Europe
This place wasn’t just a hotel, it was a palace hotel (& during the Belle Époque, not Edwardian era – I’m learning). We all take turns with cooking and cleaning … Continue reading
Good to meet up this evening with several people from across Europe who were at the CEJI course in Brussels last November – all practitioners/activists in their own fields. The … Continue reading
A couple of links, in fact three or four, to the East-West divide or confluence – First a piece by AA Gill in the Sunday Times magazine, found in a … Continue reading