For one night, we were Ukraine

How does one define cultural identity? Is it the customs, traditions, and spiritual practices at the heart of a society? Is it the storytelling we embrace that celebrates a nation’s folklore and mythology? Do our heroes and public figures shape what it becomes? Or does the artistic legacy of literature, art and music mould the…

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What I learnt this year: 2021 edition

It’s never a waste of time. It’s a necessary step towards something that’s around the corner. Donating your time, money or ideally both is essential to championing underserved communities and causes. Help where you can. I’m no-one’s diversity hire, even though I’m glad the concept exists. Ocean Vuong is cerebral and erudite. Look at the…

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On sharing a bond for life

A relationship between siblings is defined by longevity. It is one of the most important relationships you can have with someone; a perpetual existence that binds you together not just through genes, but through a lifetime of shared experiences. It is through these connections that we develop emotional bonds and mutual compassion, learning the importance…

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What I learnt this year: 2020 edition

I’m exhausted. Always be in control of your time and how you utilize it. Pay no attention to what people think about you. It doesn’t matter. Check your privilege. Do it so you can be more grateful, humble and aware of those around you. Your future self will be a result of the actions you…

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A love letter: Raw Like Sushi

Dear Ms. Cherry, Thank you. About 6 years ago, a lovely twist of fate led to an unexpected encounter on the District Line. You were sitting with your talented daughter Mabel – who at the time, was probably on the brink of starting her own musical odyssey, conversing away in Swedish. Once I got over…

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What I learnt this year: 2019 edition

Self care is the new black. Streaming services are a road warriors best friend (luv ya Netflix!). I may not agree with you, but I’ll still try to see things from your perspective. It’s healthy to have an outlook where you’re fresh out of fucks to give. Spotting and deciphering petty, hidden agendas is exhausting….

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What I learnt this year: 2018 edition

First impressions of people are rarely wrong. Looking for common sense in any of the decision making happening in British politics is a futile exercise. I have a short attention span and even shorter patience tether. Being subjected to shit food, shit hotels and shitty flights is offensive when you have to travel for business….

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