The Giving Season

Reindeers are on my mind. And Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth, prosperity and fortune. In the run up to the 25th December, I heard that the population of reindeers has decreased by 40% in the last three decades. These mammals, associated so strongly with the merry chap who once a year delivers presents from … Continue reading The Giving Season


Revolutionary Spirit: the Dalai Lama, Bob Dylan, JFK and MLK

A kind of revolution I've been dipping into a book over the last few weeks and wanting to write about the key premise explored there. In Ancient Wisdom, Modern World: Ethics for the New Millennium, published in 1999, the Dalai Lama sets out his call for a spiritual revolution. In the second chapter, entitled 'No Magic, No Mystery' he … Continue reading Revolutionary Spirit: the Dalai Lama, Bob Dylan, JFK and MLK

BDS: activist-related acronym #2

Boycotting: help or hindrance?  The other day the subject of hummus came up. I said I didn't buy the brand 'Sabra' anymore as it's made in Israel and this is a way for me to take a stand against the military occupation of Palestine by Israel. A conversation followed about the pros and cons of … Continue reading BDS: activist-related acronym #2

DAPL: activist-related acronym #1

Defeat of DAPL at Standing Rock On Sunday evening I was looking up details about a protest due to take place the following day outside the American Embassy in London. It was being organised to coincide with the scheduled eviction of the Water Protesters' Standing Rock Sioux peace camp in North Dakota, planned for the … Continue reading DAPL: activist-related acronym #1