T2 Trainspotting and the ride of our lives

When Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting was released in 1996 I was 18, and a first year undergraduate at Cardiff University. I had read the book a few months before the film’s release as I had been embroiled in a love affair with a fellow literature student 7 years my senior. Our love was a bit like…

Auf Wiedersehen England

With the news today that Margaret Thatcher has died, I got to thinking about the real legacy of her tenure, and I remembered a poem that my bricklayer father and his friends wrote in the wake of the British recession of the early 1990s. A recession that resulted in my father, many of his friends,…

Broken Britain and the new age of anarchy

As civil unrest continues to rage throughout our country, wider questions need to be answered about the backdrop against which ordinary citizens have resorted to mob, and yob-rule. For the past week I, like many other Britons, have watched in horror as my capital city has burned and countless other cities across this once green…

Iron Lady: Rust in peace

“Where there is discord, may we bring harmony,” Margaret Thatcher told the British public as she entered office as the first female prime minister in 1979. And yet ironically, for something that started with a quote from St Francis of Assisi, Thatcher became one of the most divisive figures in British history. Death hasn’t changed…