Karaoke! You’re doing it all wrong…

I have to admit up-front, I’m not mad keen on karaoke. It's never played an important role in my life or really ever filled me ereeith any great pleasure. It's always seemed to just be something that other people did, like croquet, or sudoku, or crystal meth. I have however  taken a certain interest in the... Continue Reading →

Be Not Inhospitable To Strangers

These words are painted on a wall in a bookshop in Paris called Shakespeare and Company. They’re  actually a paraphrasing of Hebrews 13:2, and when I first came across them I was struck by the power of their message, not for religious reasons, (obviously) as I don’t believe in Angels, but because the words mirror an... Continue Reading →

The 11p Crew

Aside from 50p Phil, there was another kind of beggar in Manchester that I used to meet regularly; these I christened the 11p crew. They primarily worked the outdoor area along Canal Street, and in between finishing the left over pints on the tables (mine sweeping they call it) they’d periodically pester you for 11pence.... Continue Reading →

50p Phil

There was a guy in Manchester who I’d see on an almost daily basis when I lived there, I named him 50p Phil. He was a beggar, just one of many I’d meet on my way to and from work in the city. 50p Phil had a slightly different take on the whole begging thing... Continue Reading →

Charity Begins at Home.

As I mention in the previous blog, this is something I hear quite often. By the way, I agree, absolutely, one-hundred percent with the statement  "Charity should begin at home." I am horrified and ashamed that in the UK in year 2014 there are people sleeping in the streets, and that some families are dependent on... Continue Reading →

So what do you do then?

I’ve been away from England long enough to have got over myself and my issues with the UK. Despite what I think about the place it will always be my 'home'. I wear the White Rose of Yorkshire with pride on my shoulder; it’s the symbol of my ‘tribe’, I proudly explain this to anyone... Continue Reading →

“Fury as charity boss says: donors don’t mind paying for our six-figure salaries”

I thought I'd throw my thoughts on this down pretty sharpish as I'm in the middle of an assignment that is due in tomorrow and really should be writing that, but this headline caught my eye this morning as I was flicking through the Daily Fail so I thought I might respond in a timely... Continue Reading →

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