Category: Original

  • Chains to Slavery at Ingestre Hall

    Chains to Slavery at Ingestre Hall

    Atop a Staffordshire Hill, surrounded by formal gardens and complete with two sets of stables, swimming pool, tennis courts, orangery and chapel, at its peak Ingestre Hall had all the grandeur associated with a house that spent centuries at the centre of British power. I came to Ingestre to help organise a conference for UK […]

  • Cycling through Spaghetti Country

    Cycling through Spaghetti Country

    This summer I travelled with my bike from Derby to Kidderminster cycling along some beautiful lanes and canals, stepping off a new train and finishing on an old one. Beginning at Willington, my route followed the Trent and Mersey Canal, Coventry Canal, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal then Birmingham Main Line Canal before leaving the waterways […]

  • The science of Edinburgh’s gloaming

    The science of Edinburgh’s gloaming

    Last night we had the most gorgeous velvet simmer dim in Leith. I thought I would dip into the science of twilight because as it turns out, 1st June – 11th July is the gloaming time at 56˚ north! For most of the year the night is bordered by different depths of twilight. “Astronomical Twilight” […]

  • A Coronavirus reading list for UK Climate Activists

    A Coronavirus reading list for UK Climate Activists

    Published 13 April, minor updates 15 Apr This is a reading list about Coronavirus, ecological breakdown, system change and justice. It’s aimed at UK climate but hopefully will be of wider use too. I’m a slow reader and this all took me about 3hrs to read. If you don’t have this time I’d choose one […]

  • Fossil fuels are coming to the UN talks in Glasgow

    This is a script for a workshop I wrote for the Fossil Free UK Gathering held in Yorkshire, October 2019. In 1992 world leaders (mostly men) convened in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Earth Summit. They signed the first major treaty on global warming, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). […]

  • Diary: Making a safer world for trans people

    Content warning: suicide, depression Earlier this year my friend Danielle Myriam Fisher suicided. Today is Trans Day of Remembrance, and so I wanted to say a few words to remember her, what her story means to me, and why I think we need to act. Danielle was a deeply committed activist and contributed hugely to […]

  • Visualising UK oil and gas extraction

    Visualising UK oil and gas extraction

    Oil and gas exploration began in UK waters in 1965. Since that time 44 billion barrels of oil and gas equivalent have been extracted, 7,800 wells have been drilled and the industry’s operations pepper vast regions of the North Sea. Unlike coal or on-shore renewables, this major industrial activity goes far away from communities and […]

  • Boredom, bungles and dodging death: Charles Lander on the Western Front

    Boredom, bungles and dodging death: Charles Lander on the Western Front

    What was is like to fight in the First World War? It is a question no living person can answer, but we have inherited many stories from the dead. My Great Grandfather, Charles Lander, kept a diary of his active service. It is a glimpse of the life of a fairly junior officer in a […]

  • “I began to feel a little bit shaky”: Charles Lander in the Somme, 100 years ago

    “I began to feel a little bit shaky”: Charles Lander in the Somme, 100 years ago

    Painting above: ‘We Are Making a New World’ by Paul Nash 100 years ago today began the Battle of the Somme. Few episodes in human history are remembered with such a grand sense of supreme awfulness. But with this grandeur comes distance and incomprehension. As time passes the gulf widens: we need personal stories to […]

  • What Scotland Looks Like Now

    What Scotland Looks Like Now

    After the Referendum: A Gazetteer for Scottish NGOs For Scottish civil society two weeks ago was day zero of our political calendar. Two weeks later the impact of the referendum campaign and the result is becoming clearer. The result has set the platform for political campaigning in Scotland for years to come. We need to […]