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COPping out: real action on climate change is happening, just not in Doha

Just published on Red Pepper. If you’re in the doldrums about Doha (or had forgotten it was even happening), here’s some examples of real action on fossil fuel extraction.

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

What would Mary Shelley write today?

I wrote a Classic Book review of Frankenstein for Red Pepper magazine, looking at the tale’s continuing relevance to the ethical questions raised by science in areas such as genetic engineering … Continue reading

September 30, 2012 · Leave a comment

Just Do It: an interview

I just published an interview with documentary maker Emily James on the Democracy Center’s ‘Getting Action’ blog. James is an award-winning filmmaker whose work has mostly focused on social and … Continue reading

April 17, 2012 · Leave a comment


Something huge and something tiny have been giving me renewed perspectives on this thing called life recently. A couple of weeks ago a friend and I summited Tunari, Cochabamba’s equivalent … Continue reading

April 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Directing Action

Towards the end of the documentary Beating the Bomb, Mark Thomas says in an interview that “there’s  a paradox about campaigning…it always takes more effort than you think, but you … Continue reading

March 14, 2012 · Leave a comment

Olor de sangre

The streets are full of kids with guns and bombs. Water guns and water bombs. Since Carneval falls during the wettest time of year here, and since Carneval is essentially … Continue reading

February 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Changes of scene

Between leaving Cochabamba at the end of November last year and returning a month ago the landscape here has altered dramatically. When I first arrived back in mid-January the sun:rain … Continue reading

February 15, 2012 · 2 Comments

Home from home from home

I find that living abroad is a bit like having two lives. While your current, physical self is getting on with the day-to-day realities – banal as well as surprising … Continue reading

January 21, 2012 · 2 Comments

Took a while but it was worth it

It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Machu Picchu of Bolivia’. The two places have nothing physically in common, but the Salar de Uyuni attracts a lot of tourists, hence … Continue reading

November 17, 2011 · 2 Comments

Wearing it Out

I’ll be back in the UK shortly, and have started thinking about what that is going to be like. Getting on the Tube at Heathrow; walking past the same food … Continue reading

November 6, 2011 · 2 Comments

…and what a year it’s been

The past weekend marks a year since I was last in the UK. I spent the equivalent of last Sunday in 2010 at the Burning Man Decompression block party in … Continue reading

October 12, 2011 · 4 Comments

Week # 47: Latin Rhythms

It’s marching season here in Cochabamba. Each evening I’m at my yoga class the harmonizing of body and spirit is challenged somewhat by the intrusion of a hundred college brass … Continue reading

September 14, 2011 · Leave a comment

Week # 46: Expat Exposé Part One – My Flatmate’s Day Off

I thought it might be nice (and, I must admit, easy for me) to give the chance to some other people (i.e. my friends) to share their perspective on expat … Continue reading

September 7, 2011 · Leave a comment

Week # 44: Rich and Poor

I had to take a trip to Peru last week where I spent a couple of in the end quite interesting days addressing my immigration status. Interesting because both the … Continue reading

August 23, 2011 · Leave a comment

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