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Eddie Izzard kicked me out of the Liberal Metropolitan Elite

Guest post by Simon Hall Eddie Izzard gave me something to think about, but it wasn’t his jokes. I think I can count myself as a member of the Liberal Metropolitan Elite (let's call us the LME). After all, the BBC told me I was. I live in the bohemian part of town, but in one… Continue reading Eddie Izzard kicked me out of the Liberal Metropolitan Elite

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Telling the truth: the importance of critical conversations

The most important factor in the health of any team, organisation, club, household or relationship is this: how well are critical conversations handled? Are key issues talked through honestly? Or are they avoided and left to fester? Anxiety Difficult issues provoke anxiety for those involved. But unless tackled, they can be like weeds which grow… Continue reading Telling the truth: the importance of critical conversations

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Brexit: leaving my tribe & re-joining the community – by Julian Dale

Are you in my Tribe? Before the Brexit vote, I spent several months trying to decide what was for the best. On balance, I decided that Remaining in the EU would be better. But then a weird thing happened. The nuanced decision that I had struggled to make suddenly became a certainty and Remainers became my… Continue reading Brexit: leaving my tribe & re-joining the community – by Julian Dale

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Painting My Protest – by Susan White

The Defence Security Equipment International (DSEI) is the world’s largest arms fair. Over 30,000 people attend from over 50 countries, including representatives from some of the most oppressive regimes in the world. It takes place in the docklands, in the East End of London. This area was the most heavily bombed part of the UK… Continue reading Painting My Protest – by Susan White

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The good, the bad & the beautiful: an alternative evaluation of ‘Love Island’

Every summer my family are part of a youth camp where 160 young people (plus a few middle-agers) live in tents by the sea in Devon. We have been involved for 11 years and, though tiring, it is the best week of the year for all of us. It is a Christian camp run by… Continue reading The good, the bad & the beautiful: an alternative evaluation of ‘Love Island’

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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

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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