The Failings of Tribes: Part 1

The Failings of Tribes: Part 1

[To honour confidentiality, I have refrained from mentioning many details in the following story. My vagueness at times is intentional. However, I don’t believe this takes away from the impact of the story.] I’m at a conference. I love conferences. There’s always so...
‘Normal’?

‘Normal’?

‘I can’t wait to get back to normal’, is a sentence I’ve heard so much lately. It fills me with two very strong emotions. The first emotion is a deep sense of longing. This emotion agrees whole heartedly with this statement. I long to be back to normal. I long to have...
Where Does The Power Lie?

Where Does The Power Lie?

‘Oh, I wish we could go back to the day when we were a Christian country.’ I have heard many say words to this effect and it leaves me feeling sad and if I’m honest, quite angry. I wonder whether we can every really claim we were a ‘Christian country.’ I know that’s...
Identity

Identity

‘Carrot’ was my nickname at school. Everyone called me it, even my teachers. Why? I was born with the affliction of ginger hair. I say ‘affliction’, but it wasn’t really, it was who I was. I was your ginger mate. I was the one you sloppily compared to Ed Sheeran, or...