This week I spent a glorious hour in conversation with Karwan Jamal Tahir on the topic of female Peshmerga soldiers - research for my book - 'Women Warriors'
I had hoped to journey to the Orkneys last year to see the Ring of Brodgar, the Bronze Age standing stones not far from Stromness, but it was not to be. I wanted to get a better sense of this ritual site and experience at first-hand how it feels and imagine how it might have felt … Continue reading Thankfully!
With plenty of time to reflect on the journey as a metaphor for the search for meaning, I turned once more to the oldest story ever told. A story about wealth, power and violence, greed and ignorance. And as the narrative unfolds, a tale of love and loss, and a quest to find a way … Continue reading The Oldest Story Ever Told
Sometimes we just need a miracle. Now is one of those times. How will our leaders hold the Kingdom together in the face of the seemingly irresolvable issues which currently divide us – in or out, deal or no deal, hard border or none? History tells us we are not alone. Over two thousand years … Continue reading Reason #4 Miracle & Wonder
“The force that drives the water through the rocks, Drives my red blood” Last week I took a phone call from the PA of a Gulf Sheikh. "His Highness is wondering, will he see you in Davos?" The PA was referring to the annual 'pilgrimage' of political and commercial leaders who cram into the otherwise … Continue reading Davos Pilgrimage or Market?
The Eleusinian Mysteries centred around initiation into an ancient agrarian cult founded on an early myth about the origins of agriculture and why the seed lays dormant underground through the winter months. The myth describes how Hades opened up a chasm in the earth through which he abducted Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, goddess … Continue reading Hope springs eternal