"Cover-up is a British institutional tradition" 4 December 2016 for The Observer: Breaking the silence is immensely powerful and it is good medicine. But speaking up is hard. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children has data that suggests one out of three people abused as a child has not disclosed the abuse … Continue reading Enable children to talk and then listen to them – the only solution
23 November 2015 for the Observer as "What is Healthy Eating?": It’s easy to develop a case of the latest psychiatrically acknowledged eating disorder, orthorexia nervosa – an obsession with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy. I got one for just £65. That’s the price of an introductory session at London’s Hale Clinic, an alternative therapy … Continue reading The free-from-fear diet
ON 2 July 1940 the SS Arandora Star was torpedoed off north-west Ireland. The liner was carrying civilian "enemy aliens" from Britain to internment camps in Canada. Nearly 800 of them drowned. Some were German Jews, but most were Italians: grocers, ice-cream vendors, waiters and chefs, many of whom had lived all their lives in Britain. Their families survived, but … Continue reading A story for immigrants: the tragic fate of the Anglo-Italians in the Second World War
Joy Schaverien boarding school and psychological trauma - an important book in the child abuse debate
Changing pressure on the continent sized plates that make up the planet can cause devastating consequences, as we saw in Nepal on Saturday.
Nathan Myhrvold - the most interesting man I've ever had dinner with (sorry, guys!)
10 Jan 2015: Thrifty or lavish, we all are now guests at the discounted, buy-one-get-one-free, year-round cheap food feast, eating more than we need and paying less for it – as a proportion of our incomes – than our grandparents did, or their parents before them. This, it turns out, is not entirely a good … Continue reading Food is too cheap
December 2014 - versatile Nathan Myhrvold My profile of the polymathic ex-Microsoft CTO - he's also the top Tyrannosaurus Rex hunter and author/publisher of Modernist Cuisine, the world's most expensive cookbook - is in the January 2015 issue of Intelligent Life Return of the Silver Darlings I went to the island of Bornholm to hunt down Denmark's legendary cured herring … Continue reading New stories – on drones, herring and a tech tycoon
5 October 2014: Here's my story in the Observer on the political push for "mandatory reporting", which could help whistleblowers who uncover abuse in institutions, and make it a crime to cover it up. This "crucial" measure for tidying up the malfunctioning child protection system could - with some political will - become part of the current … Continue reading A chance to make it illegal to ignore child abuse
As the polling booths are dismantled and the dust settles across the country, one thing is gloriously clear. We are a Scotland rebooted, energised, empowered and – after decades of feeling ignored and discounted by London – heard.