Lampedusa, the island at the southern tip of Italy. Junction of two worlds, North Africa and Europe. Site of ancient trade routes. And now with a different, unwanted cargo spilling onto its shores.
Ask most people to name something beginning with ‘x’ and they will likely say ‘X-Box’, ‘X-Factor’ or ‘xylophone’. Far fewer will think of ‘xenophobia’. This is a sad reflection of an oversimplification that has crept into our political discourse.
In the debate leading up to the 2015 General Election, it is noteworthy that of the three significant parties opposing austerity, two are overtly nationalist. To some this seems suspicious as nationalism has always had a reputation as a rather right wing ideology.
No city is a single place; each one contains others within itself. Some of these divides are obvious – someone who’s lived on the same street for their entire life would struggle to understand the city experienced by a two-day tourist, while a single mother with two jobs might be bewildered by the one […]
Like all great cities, London has its illicit underbelly. Throughout history, it has played host to a parade of villains. From Jonathan Wild to Jack the Ripper, from Adam Worth to the Kray Twins, the misdeeds of these characters are woven through the tapestry of the city’s history.
Chris Beckett is enthusiastic about poetry’s potential for exploring and explaining family history and cultural roots – and finds examples in recent collections by Nancy Mattson and Anne Ryland
Thomas Ovans tries to keep up with Mark Gerchick’s comprehensive analysis of the airline business which explains why and how the glamour of flying has now been reduced as much as the legroom in economy class.
Norbert Hirschhorn reflects on a poetry and prose memoir that gives an inside view of the National Health Service at a time when it may be about to change forever.
By Dr David H Jacobson, Director – Emerging Technologies, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Toronto.
Small tents in Paternoster Square: Thomas Ovans goes to see what’s going on at St Paul’s
Thomas Ovans uses the internet to solve mysteries round an air crash fifty years ago … and also uncovers some more recent concerns
Thomas Ovans wonders about breakdown of the social contract