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My passport is maroon

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: Posts

Speaking to me recently about Brexit, a German living in Luxembourg mentioned that the scariest border experience he had ever had in his life was crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the 1970s.


We are all citizens of the world

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: Posts

Solvay conference

Scientists seek to discover and describe knowledge, while engineers seek to apply and deploy the same knowledge by creating technology that supports our global society. In their quests, both scientists and engineers are dependent on each other and on those that have gone before them.


L. Susan Stebbing 1885-1943

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: Posts

LS Stebbing

Political events of the past year indicate a pressing need to understand the ways in which language can be used to influence and to manipulate, particularly in relation to an electorate choosing how to cast its vote.


Unfenced Borders To Die For

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: Posts

gawain

Whether it’s George Osborne in hi-viz or Theresa May in Barbour, power-hungry Conservatives wanting to influence voting patterns in new battlegrounds of post-industrial England have been keen to badge themselves Northern.\n


Poets and Borders

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: Posts

Poets and Borders

In response to Citizens of Everywhere, writer and project contributor Ilya Kaminsky has set up a new forum on the Poetry International website.


The Duration of Plastic

Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: Posts

Rubbish

Most weeks I spend at least half an hour collecting up plastic bottles, shredded food cartons, frayed rope, deflated balloons and other less distinguishable bits of plastic from a beach on Morecambe Bay, Lancashire. Generally it is the kind of stuff we’re meant to throw away (if not directly into the sea): stuff we don’t give a minute’s thought to.


Too Much Democracy

Posted on: 28 February 2017 | Category: Posts

Parthenon

In the wake of the referendum, a depressing quantity of the political conversation in the UK has been given over to the question of whether it’s legitimate to refer to certain sections of the voting public as stupid.


‘In that the world’s contracted thus’

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | Category: Posts

In that the world’s contracted thus

All is in each of us, and we all deserve this acknowledgement, but as the sun shines across the planet it takes us collectively as well as individually. And human-induced climate changes alter the conditions under which the earth receives the sun’s bounty, shifting the range of sustainability through which life was nurtured.


When day breaks we will be off

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | Category: Posts

When day breaks we will be off

A poem by James Byrne.


How to be both...

Posted on: 21 February 2017 | Category: Posts

How to be both...

From an early age my now 7-year-old son has been practising how to answer the familiar question: where do you come from? Growing up bilingual in Sheffield where this question frequently doubles as a query about national identity, his first tactic was to reply according to the language in which the question was posed. If you asked him whether he was English or Spanish in English, he would always be English. Try the same question in Spanish and, perhaps not surprisingly, he would suddenly be Spanish. (Woody Allen’s Zelig acts similarly, changing his accent and appearance depending on who he is with.) As my son got older, probably around 4 or 5, he preferred to be both. “I’m English and Spanish,” he would affirm, the stress always landing on that conjunction.


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    My passport is maroon

    Posted on: 28 March 2017 | Category: Posts

    Speaking to me recently about Brexit, a German living in Luxembourg mentioned that the scariest border experience he had ever had in his life was crossing between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the 1970s.


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