Remembering differently: the centenary of World War One

Posted Posted in People & Politics, Religion & Spirituality

2014 brings the centenary of the start of World War One, and the beginning of four years of national commemorations. It’s telling that, in writing that sentence, I nearly typed ‘celebrations’ instead of ‘commemorations’. For the official discourse about the war has a triumphalist tone, one which perfectly expresses a nationalist narrative about the greatness […]

How birdsong is changing my world

Posted Posted in Nature & Animals

This spring, the world has been a different place for me. I’ll be going about my business, and the voice of a blackbird will detach itself from the acoustic backdrop and pierce my consciousness. Or someone will be talking and I’ll notice that my mind has tuned them out as only so much human white […]

The return of Springwatch: is nature Britain’s new religion?

Posted Posted in Nature & Animals, Religion & Spirituality

I’m thrilled that Springwatch is back on our screens. During the three-week outside broadcast, hidden cameras bring the secret life of the creatures around us right into our living rooms, providing the nation with a rare opportunity to watch live TV together. The popularity of the programme – now in its tenth year, having spawned the sibling broadcasts […]