Social commentary

Taking the blog out of my own eye: giving up negativity for Lent

This week, my friend and former colleague Adam Bonner left the charity Livability after 12 years of great work. At Adam’s leaving do what struck me was the impact that his positivity and hopefulness has had on so many people. He has a great gift for seeing the good in people and the opportunities that… Continue reading Taking the blog out of my own eye: giving up negativity for Lent

Recommended books, Social commentary

Head over heart: the case against emotional empathy

In the mid-1990s, I worked in a large hostel for 140 homeless people. One resident (lets call him Brian) had incredibly strong body odour. His lack of personal hygiene and reluctance to wash his clothes became a real issue. It led to snide comments from other residents and frustrations grew among those who shared the… Continue reading Head over heart: the case against emotional empathy

Social commentary

The nonsense surrounding weddings undermine marriage

A royal wedding is simply the über example of the extravagance, hype and nonsense that has overtaken the contemporary concept of getting married. This culture is fuelled by an industry dedicated to ramping up costs. It knows how much money people are willing to waste for ‘the perfect day’ and a ‘fairy tale experience’ (the… Continue reading The nonsense surrounding weddings undermine marriage

Social commentary

Labelling ‘Leave’ voters as racist is wrong – by Danny Kuhrt

My grandparents, who have lived in London almost their entire lives, voted to leave the European Union last year. They have also been accepting and open-minded towards people of all cultures, beliefs and ethnicities. These two facts seem to clash with many people today. Stereotyping It has become ingrained in many people that a vote… Continue reading Labelling ‘Leave’ voters as racist is wrong – by Danny Kuhrt

Social commentary, Sport

I’m not surprised at The President’s Club scandal – it’s just like my University Rugby Club

The waves created by the Harvey Weinstein eruptions in Hollywood are being felt all over the world. But you can imagine the organisers of The President's Club, an all-male, exclusive fundraising event, felt pretty safe. After all, they had been running it for 30 years, high rollers from major City firms were guests and it was… Continue reading I’m not surprised at The President’s Club scandal – it’s just like my University Rugby Club

Social commentary

Why Remembrance Day makes me uneasy – by Jeremy O’Hare

When Remembrance Day comes around every year, I feel uneasy. There’s something about this national ritual that doesn’t sit well with me. How we commemorate wars and the fallen can be misused. Especially when my Christian faith leads me to question why we go to war at all. Because for me it's personal. Heavy burden… Continue reading Why Remembrance Day makes me uneasy – by Jeremy O’Hare