Without a doubt, XR has created an ‘in-group’ identity within the movement; the distinctive banners are always present at demos, flags flitter at the end of bikes, the branded designs are printed on tote bags and t-shirts-to name a few. XR may argue that there is not an ‘in-group’ and that anyone, in fact everyone, is welcome to be a rebel. But that’s not truly the case as the in-group conform to an identity that few on the outside have.Read More XR: Exclusive Rebellion?
A poem about BrexitRead More Remain to Leave
Being part of the EU meant more to me than migration, which was a common political frisbee chucked around during the referendum and for the last 3 years. It was a source of exchange for languages and culture, a funding pot for roads that paved my country, a mechanism set up for peace-building. It was membership in a union in an ever fragmenting world.Read More The B-word
“I bet that’s luxury student accommodation” I remarked to my friend as we turned a corner in Exeter and were faced with a 10 story monolithic building. There’s something in its shiny design, uniformity and complete inability to blend into the local area that makes it familiar. These developments have become so common that I […]Read More Villains and Heroes: Who has control over student housing?
In my mind a U-turn used to be a driving maneuver. Now, a U-turn seems to be a commonly used and increasingly acceptable political maneuver. This thought bubble is about Boris Johnson, the Apprentice and my frustration at a seemingly incompetent government. Over the last 14 weeks, Boris Johnson has reversed or changed government policy […]Read More You are a U-turn
This blog post is a combination of a few thought bubbles I have had recently about the last 3 years of studying International Development. I had been planning to write about activism and academia in separate posts but decided to combine the two together as, after participating in an interview as part of the Creative […]Read More Studying International Development: Academia and Activism
As I took this photo I was looking up and down the beautiful river Wye with my feet firmly in Wales. Wales was behind me and to my right, yet if I had walked 20 minutes straight ahead or to the left I would have reached England. I can criss-cross that dotted line on a […]Read More Border line, Blurred line
This blog entry explores the thought bubble I’ve had this weekend- is socially distant socialising more or less socially awkward? It’s been quite intriguing noting how we socialise differently, and distantly, since the global pandemic of Coronavirus started to be that member of your friendship circle who always has to change plans and butt in […]Read More Social distancing: less or more socially awkward?
The last time I was in a pub with friends was 5 weeks ago. It was my birthday and the news was increasingly talking about coronavirus. It was becoming a big news but its impact was still unknown. I joked that I would put a box on the table and every time someone said or […]Read More The C-word
Am I less Welsh because I don’t sound it straight away? What even is a Welsh accent? In class obsessed Britain, what impact do accents have? These are some of the thought bubbles that sparked a wider internal conversation about accents and identity that I aim to share in this blog. The title is courtesy […]Read More “You’re Welsh?! Where’s the accent?”