Category Updates/ Random

Interim update

Was recently re-reading some of my old posts and realise that there’s a lot to rediscover about myself. I think work’s changed me somewhat. I need to get back to journalling my thoughts here!

Monty Python Live (Mostly) – a meta-review

He’s kicked the bucket, he’s shuffled off his mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible! THIS IS AN EX-BLOG! Well, maybe, but I’m breathing some life into it for this post. This is a review of the Monty Python Live show, but also a review of the reviews of the […]


“Like all autocracies, the Mubarak government understood the power of a true public square, of a place where citizens meet, mingle, promenade, gather, protest, perform and share ideas; it understood that a true midan—Arabic for public square—is a physical manifestation of democracy. A truly public Midan al-Tahrir would have been feared as a threat to regime […]

I listen to this every now and then

“The city may win, but too often its citizens seem to lose. Every urban childhood is shaped by an onrush of extraordinary people and experiences – some delicious, like the sense of power that comes from a preteen’s first subway trip alone; some less so, like a first exposure to urban gunfire… [f]or every Fifth […]


“The Stranger is the person who renews his Residence Permit. He fills out forms and buys the stamps for them. He has to constantly come up with evidence and proofs. He is the one who always asked” “And where are you from, brother?” Or he is asked: “Are summers hot in your country?” He does […]

there is a light that never goes out

Last week in Singapore!

“The day you were lucky enough to get a basin of eggs, you also watched a long line of strangers eyeing you with jealousy, even hatred. You were not who you were, but what you were rationed to be.” – Hope in a Thin Shell, Yiyun Li


It’s been a busy month, and I don’t have the time to write full posts yet, but I’ll share a snippet from each trip so far. Yasser-Arafat Square, Ramallah, Palestine. I’m so glad I went to Israel. Unsuccessfully defending my Scottish Open title in Edinburgh. Had a wonderful time, but was unsettled by the post-tournament […]

There are the big problems, and there are the smaller ones

Israel’s vineyards: the West Bank grapes of wrath

Needs to be read with a strong dose of morbid optimism

“When teen suicide was on the rise in the 1970s and 1980s, society was stung by the conclusion that something must be wrong with the way we live, because our children don’t want to join us. The question today is different, but just as unsettling. With people relinquishing life at its supposed peak, what does […]