In memory of Tessa Jowell

Foreward I wrote the following the day I found out that Tessa Jowell had died. I remember reading the news on my phone, as one now does, and crying. As explain below, the New Labour government, which encompassed Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Tessa Jowell and many many others, was instrumental to my mother, my brother, … Continue reading In memory of Tessa Jowell


Edward Hopper, Silent Spaces and ‘Putting On Airs’ by Erin Rae

The external becomes the internal, the political becomes the personal and vice versa. One bleeds into the other until it’s all muddy and messy and we don’t know where outside influences begin or where we end. In Erin Rae’s album Putting On Airs, co-produced by Dan Knobler and Jerry Bernhardt,(Single Lock, 8th June) the personal … Continue reading Edward Hopper, Silent Spaces and ‘Putting On Airs’ by Erin Rae


Silence kills. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes silence is necessary. But sitting opposite you in silence is the saddest I have ever felt. Words that were once there, shared views have gone down their separate paths. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood…” or some such nonsense. I forget. We have nothing left to say. … Continue reading Silence