Remote Control

On March 11th I delivered what was to be my last face-to-face workshop in Manchester before Coronavirus changed the landscape. Over the following fortnight my diary emptied, the schools followed within weeks and we all … Continue reading

Another Country

On the morning of May 2nd 1995, having had for six years infrequent but regular neurological episodes, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in under two minutes. The doctor spent the entire consultation mumbling while … Continue reading

Say Anything…

The 1989 film Say Anything… tells the story of a high school underachiever called Lloyd from the wrong side of the tracks who falls for Diane, the girl of his dreams in the form of the … Continue reading

Communiqué

The soundtrack to the summer of 1985 was, without a doubt, Dire Straits’ fifth album Brothers in Arms. Dominating the airwaves and selling well over 30 million copies around the world, it brought the Compact … Continue reading

Same same, but different

Senator Joseph McCarthy is the recognisable face of a wretched four-year period in the United States that was known as the Second Red Scare. Starting in 1950 with his accusation in a speech that the US … Continue reading