the lists left around

There’s a list of emotions and questions laying around this place, which I am not sure how to approach, this tide of extremists in politics “Votez blanc” splashed across posters but we all know not to do exactly that, unless, of course, we wish to bury ourselves further down the landmine, or can someone help…

“Barbaric!”

It’s starting again… The lights are glowing The chalets are up and running, markets attracting the monstrous crowds, like moths to the flames, “Barbares! Vous êtes tous des barbares!” she calls out “Consumerism, stinking consumerism”, he wrote to her, full on, all languages confounded. Enjoy the bredele. Well, we told you we had something in…

Of Women and rights and minds….

(when a story gets too emotional and personal..) The opening scene is a reminder that our societies have not changed much. Toxic masculinity at its worst. And, of course, even today, we are expected to be nice. Not our advice to us all. We prefer screaming out and being direct. (I have always wanted to…

A cat can teach.

A cat is the best companion for solace, they say. I know it myself. A cat is also very honest about feelings. I know this as well. Which is why, I am surprised it took me so long to accept the reading of The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. Emotions and contact with others…

Brexit: The Artistic Comments

Hallow’s Eve has come and gone. Pumpkins are still in vogue. Leaves are falling. Christmas decorations are becoming visible. We officially have cold freezing weather. And the rain persists. And Brexit continues. Yes, the European Union and Great Britain extended the “exit day” from 31 October. Again. Yet, again. Misery and sighs of exasperation are…

The Art of Summer (or how to procrastinate)

We’re a little worn out. Mostly because I have a few ideas I want to work on but I’ve had no energy these past weeks to fully develop them. It was summer and, like everyone else probably, I wanted to rather soak in the sun and music than research and writing. So to show you…

Say “NO”: It’s not only personal, it’s IR.

“No means no”. You hear it all the time: in the streets, consent, women’s rights, #MeToo, food, family and friends asking you if you need anything… But “no means no” is in politics too. Foreign policy especially. How does it work exactly? Very much like a relationship, which is exactly why we don’t want you…

Color Me Blue

Last time we showcased our photo blog, we went for spirituality. No, this is still not a religious playbook for you but rather, let’s talk about blue. Yes, blue. The color blue. It is connected to confidence, serenity, wealth, intelligence, et al. And it is spiritual symbolism. How? Faith. Faith is linked with color, explaining…

A Year of Brexit: Island of Woes and Mixed Emotions

It is an isle, or an island, depending on who is speaking. It is in Europe and that is a fact. Yet some there think they are not European because Europe is a continent. It is that minority belief, which snowballed into a referendum, which, in turn, put the island on a cliffhanger of instability…

Une Europe sans valeurs?

An unpublished article in French, which I wrote two years ago now. It’s been sitting in everyone’s archives because it was deemed 1. too long and 2. too “extreme because of the content” (The French talk about laïcité like it is the contrary of religion and society). I am not the extreme conservative nor that…