On epidemics, education and connection…

When the World Health Organisation declared that the COVID-19 virus was a global health emergency, a whole manner of elements of daily life got shut down. While the majority of this shut-down and the quarantines are centred on China and the provinces around the epicentre, Wuhan, here in neighbouring Vietnam, we have been feeling the … Continue reading On epidemics, education and connection…

On luck and privilege…

“It’s an irritating reality that many places and events defy description. Angkor Wat and Machu Picchu, for instance, seem to demand silence, like a love affair you can never talk about. For a while after, you fumble for words, trying vainly to assemble a private narrative, an explanation, a comfortable way to frame where you’ve … Continue reading On luck and privilege…

On confusing control with love…

When the rapper T.I. publicly stated this week that he takes his teenage daughter to the gynaecologist to check if her 'hymen is still intact', the world let out a collective "Uh, what???". The backlash was well-deserved as people took to social media to condemn the father's actions. In a series of tweets denouncing T.I.'s … Continue reading On confusing control with love…

On free-fall and new beginnings…

It's been 3 months since I arrived in Vietnam and 4 months since I left my home of four years in Tanzania. Moving and changing locations every few years has been my forever story. Rarely one to stay put for long, I find myself getting the four-year-itch and feeling the urge for new adventures and … Continue reading On free-fall and new beginnings…

Talking to strangers…

A true short story of one of my favourite random meetings. It was my last full day in London before my 8pm flight that evening. It was a warm, bright, sunny London day and I was running low on cash so, avoiding the lure of the shops, I opted to walk one of my favourite … Continue reading Talking to strangers…

On keyboard warriors, virtue signalling and informed perspectives…

“There’s a gap somehow between empathy and activism. " Sue Monk Kidd The internet is a tiring place at times. This amazing global resource for connection is often used as a platform for attack with keyboard warriors poised for the slightest opportunity to launch into their manifesto, however uninformed it may be. https://youtu.be/-S14SjemfAg There is a … Continue reading On keyboard warriors, virtue signalling and informed perspectives…

On endings and beginnings…

"We delight in the beauty of a butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou I'm in transition again. My chapter here in beautiful Tanzania is coming to a close and, as of August this year, I'm starting a new chapter in Hanoi, Vietnam. It feels … Continue reading On endings and beginnings…