Berlin · Bundestagswahl2017 · CDU · Jens Spahn · news · opinion · politics

The politics of language

There’s a chapter in an English as a foreign language text book called: ‘How to avoid saying no directly’. I burst out laughing when I saw it. Is there anything more stereotypically British? I came across it at the language school I work at, where we regularly teach the art of small talk to students.… Continue reading The politics of language

lifestyle · opinion

What it’s like to live with your parents at thirty

Refinery 29, April 12, 2017 It’s Friday night and I’m enjoying a well-earned wine and some trashy TV with one of my favourite people in the world. But it's not my boyfriend on the sofa passing me crisps. It's not even a reliable girlfriend or flatmate. It’s actually my mum, who I live with along… Continue reading What it’s like to live with your parents at thirty

opinion

February 11 2016: Films like Spotlight remind us how important journalism is

The Evening Times opinion column, February 11 2016 There is only one thing I love more than a good Hollywood movie. And that's a good Hollywood movie about journalism. I can't get enough of them - State of Play, The Hudsucker Proxy, His Girl Friday, and, of course, All the President's Men, which is my… Continue reading February 11 2016: Films like Spotlight remind us how important journalism is

Glasgow · opinion · Refugees · Syria

October 8 2015: Refugees are part of our communities so we must change the way we think about them

The Evening Times opinion column, October 8 2015 Right now and in the coming weeks refugees will be trying to settle into life in Glasgow and other parts of Scotland. How do you feel about that? I’m asking because I’ve been really surprised at the split of opinion on this issue. People coming to the… Continue reading October 8 2015: Refugees are part of our communities so we must change the way we think about them