Brexit – made in England, led by donkeys

Brexit shambles and uncertainty continues as the government suffers another humiliating defeat. Parliament struggles to find a way through an impasse which bears the stamp “made in England” – not made in Britain. What was dreamed up by some in England (and set alight by papers) has drawn other nations in. Not only Scotland and […]

Sunflowers weeping

The sunflowers weep. Anselm Kiefer has done several paintings of sunflowers. He was born in 1945 in Germany, two months before the end of the war. It is hard to imagine the state of mind of the German nation at that time – on the edge of a shameful defeat, confronting the horrors of their […]

Refugees #7 poem for Refugee Week

Refugees can be read both ways. It can be read as if you don’t care. And it can be read as if you do. You can read it from top to bottom, or you can turn the world upside down and read it from bottom to top, depending on how you read the world. This […]

Leadership Styles and a Political Divide

Originally posted on Grains of Sand:
Sometimes you hear bells ringing all the while through reading a book. There was so many chimes in Finding Your Leadership Style by Keith Lamdin – so many “just so” moments”, so many reminders of other reading – and I so agreed with the direction of Keith Lamdin’s travel. Two women staffing…

Broken: stunning, timely and beautiful BBC drama

For “Broken” read “broke”. For “Broken” read “society terribly broken”. For “Broken” read “heartbreaking”. For “Broken” read “compassion”. Broken is a six part drama by Jimmy McGovern set in the north of England (filmed in Liverpool). It is Daniel Blake-bleak. You can watch it on BBC iPlayer. There are many great performances. Sean Bean makes […]

Notes heard above The Noise of Time

I don’t read that much but every now and then I come across something that takes my breath away. Julian Barnes, through his book The Noise of Time, has me intrigued with the noise of time. This is a poetic book that is well crafted and beautifully composed. It tells us the time and the time […]