Reaction to the BBC's 'Pilgrimage: The Road to Santiago' has been somewhat mixed amongst those who have completed the journey themselves. Indeed even before it began, more than one friend expressed their concern that such a programme could not possibly do justice to the great and ancient mysteries of the Way. I likewise had concerns, but... Continue Reading →
For some time now I have been thinking about how to open this blog up to allow voices other than my own to be heard. Recently I 'reblogged' a piece from elsewhere for the first time, and soon a series of guest bloggers will be posting on issues close to them. For this piece though, I... Continue Reading →
Maybe you’ve never really thought about social class. Maybe you wouldn’t put yourself in a class bracket or maybe you’ve always been comfortable with your class, so you haven’t really considered it. Perhaps, you don’t think class matters anymore. Surely in the 21st century social class has nothing to do with a person’s ability to succeed in life if they work hard, right?
Some people say we live in this super fun, post-class world but I’m not entirely convinced. Class still has a real effect on people’s lives. In August 2017, the Department of Education published statistics that said 24% (that is less than a quarter) of students on Free School Meals (aka poorer students) entered higher education by age 19. Class is a real thing, and it has a real impact!
I am working class: financially, socially, culturally. I’m proud of that, I do not aspire to be middle…
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Expressing your aversion to the police as an institution immediately elicits some variation of the same question each time: “what if someone’s breaking into my house?” or “what if someone attacks me?”. People worry about being the victim of, or witness to a crime, and this is completely understandable. Problems soon come though, when such... Continue Reading →
Featured image courtesy of Polyp.org.uk CW: Pictures and discussion of racism, famine, poverty, and death. In my all too frequent procrastinatory forays into social media, I am regularly challenged when I link colonialism, capitalism, and the plight of refugees and other migrants. It can become tedious having to repeat oneself so much, so I want... Continue Reading →
With Christmas Day imminent, it can be easy to get caught up in the last minute dash to the shops, or the frustration of planning something everyone will enjoy. The whole Christmas season can become overshadowed by things that have no right to take up our time and thoughts, so with that in mind, here... Continue Reading →
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” So goes Henry Ford’s oft parroted quote. It is particularly popular with Donald Trump, who has tweeted it on at least three separate occasions. Of course it’s easy for someone like Donald Trump to say, starting out, as... Continue Reading →
I nearly joined the army once. I was a teenager, a young school leaver, with little to show for my years eking out a miserable existence in a place that didn’t want me. I joined a college course, completely unsuitable for me, and eventually left when my anti-authoritarian streak reared its ruinous head. The course... Continue Reading →
Walking the Camino is a privilege. We often use such words flippantly, even if we are showing gratitude, but what does it really mean for something to be a privilege? For the last five weeks I've been working this through my head. I am someone who has, at least in relative terms, known both sides... Continue Reading →