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What It Feels Like

November 18, 2016


In 2000, I had just moved to London and was busy finding my place in a fantastic city that made my feet ache and my heart soar. We had all just shed the papery skin of an old millennium and eagerly marked the new one and all that it promised. Then a man pointed and fired a gun at someone close […]

Coming To The UK?

August 1, 2013


I hadn’t even set foot on Romanian soil before I was accused of being a racist. On a plane bound for Bucharest, I started talking to the young man next to me. He asked me why I was going to Romania. “We’re making a documentary about whether Romanians and Bulgarians are going to…” He put […]

Eighteen Punches and Not A Word

March 16, 2013


Just when I thought Heartless Bystander Stories couldn’t get any worse, I read about the ordeal of Prakash Patel, a bank worker in Manchester. He was travelling home on a tram after watching Manchester United play Fulham at Old Trafford in January. Passengers apparently stood by while the 56 year old was racially abused and […]

Act Your Age, Don’t Ask My Shoe Size

November 30, 2012


When I read the news for STV in Glasgow in the 1990s, like the other women who were on-screen, I would receive letters. Fan mail I suppose, although I cringe at the term. There was no Twitter to heap praise or abuse on people in nanoseconds. You weren’t compelled to post thrilling updates on Facebook. […]