The Month of Truth

November is normally a delightful, optimistic month in our part of the world, with winter still a novelty and Christmas just round the corner. This November is a different story. Not because the continuum of world horrors are any worse or more numerous than they ever have been, but because these horrors have intruded on…

A rod for your own back

Bahar Mustafa has been charged over her tweet concerning the killing of white men. Turns out free speech has it’s limits under English law, precisely the stance that she really supports: there are some things you should not be allowed to say. While as a white man I’m not a massive fan of her statement…

Fear and Loathing in the UK

Yesterday, voting for the new Labour leader came to an end. Tomorrow we should get the results. Today as I’m writing, we remember the horror of 9/11. There shouldn’t be any link between these events, other than their proximity to each other. However, thanks to a recent article by The Sun, there is. In yet…

Lost in Translation?

How often do you think about whether the book you are reading was originally written in English? As the possessor of a widely spoken lingua franca, England is one of the most ignorant countries in the world when it comes to modern foreign languages. Recent studies by the British Council found that an alarming three quarters…

Artist of the Month : Sophie van der Perre

“with my work I try to evoke pureness, freedom and nostalgia” Sophie van der Perre, a 28 year old Belgian photographer based in Amsterdam, is on the rise. A relatively unknown photographer until recent years, Sophie van der Perre’s work is astonishingly intimate and emotional. Her photographic weapon of choice, the analogue camera, has been…