The day I became a hero

I remember the night well. The doorbell went and my brother John answered it. I was in the sitting room just feet away when I heard loud angry voices, so I went to investigate. Skinheads were outside, a couple standing just beyond my brother, and the others perched behind our front wall. Skinheads were a relatively new phenomenon and these guys with their tightly cropped … Continue reading The day I became a hero

Why Katie Piper is an inspiration

Some years ago I came across a documentary about Katie Piper who was brutally raped by her ex-boyfriend and then had sulphuric acid thrown at her by his accomplice, leaving her facially disfigured. I was appalled by the double attack on Katie and her bravery in dealing with the aftermath of her physical injuries. One particular scene in Katie Piper: My Beautiful Face brought the … Continue reading Why Katie Piper is an inspiration

Stop using pictures of dead children in propaganda battle

I’ve watched with a growing sense of despair and horror pictures of dead Gaza children retweeted and shared across my timelines on both Twitter and Facebook these past few weeks. I understand the depth of feelings people have for the mounting death toll of children there, and the passion many have for the Palestinian cause. Children shouldn’t be victims in the crossfires of any conflict, … Continue reading Stop using pictures of dead children in propaganda battle