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We were here and this is what we saw

We made the world we are living in and we have to make it over

“We made the world we are living in and we have to make it over.” James Baldwin  I was in Ballymun when the phone call came. Close the nursery, close the café, close the theatre.  Ballymun is a suburb in north Dublin, close to the city’s airport, which sprung up in high-rise glory in the...
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Aberdeen Beach

Lockdown Diary One

LOCKDOWN DIARY ONE MONDAY 20 APRIL 2020  The start of week four of coronavirus lockdown in Scotland and the wider UK.  I’m luckier than most when it comes to lockdown. Although living in a city, I’m close to the sea and harbour. Walks along the sand have quickly become a staple of daily life in...
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New Mexico

Santa Fe: A Place for Dreamers

“Santa Fe, it’s a place for dreamers” a local artist told me as I bought one of her prints called ‘Beginnings’, its colours as vibrant and stark as the surrounding landscape that inspired it. She’s right, the centuries old high altitude city of Santa Fe is a place for dreamers, romantics, writers and outsiders of...
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Paris Women's March

Paris 19 – 23 January 2017 : Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States 

I hadn’t intended to march. In the weeks leading to Trump’s inauguration day I’d asked myself repeatedly how to mark a moment. A moment in time. A moment in history. A moment when before becomes after. A moment to be afraid, angry, excited, confused, empowered. Do you throw yourself into such a moment? Run and...
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Nashville shop window

Nashville: 21 April 2016: the day that Prince died 

“Whatever you do, don’t be afraid of it. Don’t let history down” Sam Phillips, the man credited with inventing rock ‘n’ roll I was waiting for a bus in the foyer of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in downtown Nashville, making use of their free wifi, when the news came through to...
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Wellington Yes image credit: Richard

Into Tomorrow: the Scottish Referendum: September 2014

Into Tomorrow: the Scottish Referendum: September 2014 18 September 2015. Facebook reminded me that a year ago today I posted a picture of my polling card for the Scottish Independence Referendum on my timeline, along with the comment to my online friends, Scottish and otherwise, “see you on the other side of democracy”. At that...
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St Ninian's Isle

Shetland Easter 2013

Shetland Easter 2013 Live always at ‘the edge of mystery’ – the boundary of the unknown. J.Robert Oppenheimer The subarctic archipelago of Shetland lies 130 miles north of the Scottish mainland and is the most northern point of the British Isles. The 60° north line of latitude passes through south Shetland, but warm ocean currents...
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