Charlie Hebdo And The Easy Way Out

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In the aftermath of the tragic events at Charlie Hebdo, I watched as the world stood by the newspaper and the victims of the attack. A diverse collection of nationalities and religions all mourned. Again, many Muslims found themselves in the difficult position of being expected to condemn this attack, despite there existing no association … Continued

Savouring the Strength of Egyptian Women

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I peer up from behind my camera to find yet another pair of eyes on me, dark brown ones that feel no obligation to look away when I catch them staring. I lose the unspoken game after a few seconds, unable to compete with this unwavering gaze and awkwardly turning away to the maze-like city … Continued

Patched, Retreaded and Approved for the Road [Short Story]

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“I’ve met this girl and she’s moving to Mexico soon. So what happens next?” He turned to look at her, unsure yet quietly sure enough to ask this question. They were sat side by side, passing a joint between each another, with a view of the valleys dipping before the horizon, cupping the light and … Continued

The Hutch [Short Story]

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The rabbit hutch was about three foot tall, and came up to Olivia’s waist. It was second-hand, and the wooden parts were starting to rot, but she liked how the waterproofing on the sloping roof felt rough under her fingertips. She lightly dragged the pads of her hands on its sandpapery surface as she circled the … Continued

Strictly taught me: cynicism’s for losers

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It’s that miserable time again. All that remains of Christmas is a half-eaten tin of Quality Street, and January marches on, as appealing as a long haul flight with an irritable bowel and a toddler in tow. But it’s not so much the festive season that I’m in mourning for: no, more than the novelty … Continued