Brexit and “this isn’t an election campaign” campaign

Boris Johnson and the Conservative government have repeatedly said there will be no snap general election in the near future. His priority is delivering Brexit, no if's not but's, whatever that means. However, in Conservative literature that was seen yesterday, it is clear a snap election is what Johnson and the government is gearing up … Continue reading Brexit and “this isn’t an election campaign” campaign

The pain never goes away; an Iranian refugee’s story

When the Iranian revolution happened in 1979 and the dictatorship of the Shah ended, Zohreh and many millions like her were full of hope – they yearned for freedom, liberty and equal rights for women and men. It was not to be. Instead Zohreh endured years in jail, was lashed and tortured and saw her … Continue reading The pain never goes away; an Iranian refugee’s story

Blood Money: Taylor Swift’s master recordings and the war in Yemen

Scott Borchetta, the CEO and President of Big Machine Label Group (BMLG), knowingly sold his label, which includes Taylor Swift’s lucrative master recordings of her last 7 albums to Ithaca Holdings LLC., a company that is indirectly profiting from the war in Yemen. The $300 million sale includes Big Machine’s client roster, distribution deals, publishing … Continue reading Blood Money: Taylor Swift’s master recordings and the war in Yemen

Innocence and Experience: ‘Canterbury Girls’ – Lily & Madeleine

Canterbury Girls refers to Canterbury Park in Indianapolis, IN, Madeleine tells me. “It’s the first place of adolescent freedom, the first place of blossoming girlhood - and a place to imagine the future a girl wants." But as Madeleine goes onto tell me, though the park is a place freedom and child-like fantasies, full of uninhibited … Continue reading Innocence and Experience: ‘Canterbury Girls’ – Lily & Madeleine

Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory

Soul music has always seemed to me the music that people need when they’ve been sufficiently beaten down by the world, and just need something that can put them back together again. Whether it’s Al Green’s ‘Let’s Stay Together’, Sam Cooke’s 'Just For You’, Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ or Aretha Franklin’s ‘Respect’, these … Continue reading Aretha Franklin’s Living Memory: an essay on the collective loss of historical memory

Damned: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift

"I don't like your little games/ Don't like your tilted stage/ The role you made me play/ Of the fool, no, I don't like you." Last week Taylor Swift announced her new album Reputation and the accompanying first single 'Look What You Made Me Do'. In the run up to both announcements, Swift had wiped her social media accounts and … Continue reading Damned: ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ – Taylor Swift