Thought for the Day: it takes time 

Drawing inspiration from William Wilberforce, Rosa Parks and the Suffragettes, here are some thoughts on progress… Listen here. 

About the time I got glasses.

I got glasses last week, and then I cried. Don’t worry: there were no tears on the brightly-lit shop floor populated by sparkly frames and chatty salespeople. Can we just pause for a minute to marvel at the art of telling a customer, in the same breath, that the pair of glasses they have triedContinue reading “About the time I got glasses.”

Rebellions are built on hope. 

I find myself sitting in the dark, my mind spinning almost as fast as the pictures on the screen. Christmas parties and Santa hats, beautiful carols and rolls of ribbon interlaced with the sound of grandmothers wailing, last goodbyes, emergency appeals and photos of frozen children too shocking for publication. This week we launched anContinue reading “Rebellions are built on hope. “

An interview on Ethical Fashion with TW UK

After BBC Panorama revealed that child refugees have been working in factories producing clothes for some of our favourite retailers, Trans World Radio got in touch to chat about Ethical Fashion. Below is the interview in written form! We’re talking today about the ethics of fashion after a BBC Panorama Investigation revealed this week thatContinue reading “An interview on Ethical Fashion with TW UK”

On language and the culture it breeds; or the day of the Ashers Verdict 

“If thoughts corrupt language, language can also corrupt thought.” George Orwell, 1984 Today is the day of the Ashers verdict. A brief summary: a popular bakery was asked to produce a cake with a slogan promoting equal marriage, it accepted and then subsequently refused the order because of the owner’s stance on marriage. It’s aContinue reading “On language and the culture it breeds; or the day of the Ashers Verdict “

So you want to end human trafficking…

There is something inside you that screams when you hear about the precious lives of men, women, and children who are coerced and exploited in the name of money, or power, or greed. Maybe you’ve heard a story of someone who was trafficked and you just can’t get them out of your mind. Or maybeContinue reading “So you want to end human trafficking…”

Thoughts before the Big Adventure

It’s the night before our Big Adventure and it feels like Christmas Eve, and also like we’re about to jump into the absolute unknown. Wow. I remember a conversation Dan and I had a few months ago. We quiz each other, every now and then, on our dreams, on where we’re going, on what weContinue reading “Thoughts before the Big Adventure”

The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man

Unless you’ve been hiking in the Himalayas recently, you are aware that 50 Shades of Grey is hitting our big screens this very day…just on time for Valentine’s Day. Clever, clever Universal. I was going to write about why I don’t think this is good news think this is TERRIBLE, but then my friend Natalie NAILED IT.Continue reading “The solution to 50 Shades of Grey is a shouty Japanese man”


My dad is running a series on his website to which various leaders are contributing, dreaming up dinner guest lists. Here’s mine! I’ve chosen three very different people: when I was doing a lot of singing, I would listen to lots of different genres to keep myself fresh and stretched – I do this whenContinue reading “3 PEOPLE I’D LIKE TO INVITE TO DINNER”