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15th June, 2020 / politics

Indefinite leave to remain

After almost six years of marriage, three expensive and stressful visas, and much quiet worry, we finally have confirmation that Geri can stay as long as she wants.

2nd June, 2020 / race

A letter to my MP

On social media, I’m quiet but busy, reading and amplifying black voices. Still, I want to get my thoughts down. That’s mostly Stream notes, but today, I wrote to my MP.

16th March, 2020 / covid-19

Keep Calm and Carry On Infecting

While events across the globe — from small meetups to significant sporting competitions — are rightly postponed or cancelled, we spent the weekend exhibiting at a print fair.

30th December, 2019 / personal

2019 in review

Six years have passed since I last reviewed the year. That was 2013; I got engaged and began to detach from the speed and distraction of design and tech, pledging to prioritise my personal life.

1st October, 2019 / art

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

Having admired Eliasson’s work for twenty years, I’d expected to love everything about this significant Tate survey. Instead, I began to wonder if I’d over-invested in his ideas.

25th September, 2019 / japan

Defying Tradition

Geri Coady is a designer and illustrator (and, lucky for me, my wife) sharing her lifelong passion for Japanese culture, language, and travel. Today, her first exhibition opens in Tokyo.

19th September, 2019 / environment

Tomorrow, we strike

Thousands of websites will be unavailable during the Global Climate Strike, with millions of us taking to the streets to demand climate justice and an end to the age of fossil fuels.

18th August, 2019 / ethics

Detaching from Facebook

I’ve deactivated my Facebook account, having become deeply uncomfortable with the company’s propensity to mislead and cause harm. I just wish I could truly delete it.

11th July, 2019 / art

Art in Real Life: Addressing the Sustainability Challenge

Ahead of its big new Olafur Eliasson show, Tate Modern hosted a discussion about the potential of culture to address sustainability and inspire change.

2nd July, 2019 / environment

Living ecologically

At home, we’re asking questions about how we live, the products we use and the trail we leave. Even the cat’s getting involved, and I think we’re making changes worth sharing.

24th May, 2019 / environment

Climate anxiety

The climate emergency is dominating my thoughts. I’m questioning my own impact and increasingly eager to make a difference. Writing helps, so today I’m pinning down everything in close orbit.

19th March, 2019 / art

Don McCullin at Tate Britain

That one man should witness so many horrors is hard to process. That nations like ours continue to facilitate such atrocity and poverty is devastating.

6th March, 2019 / events

Dear Nature book launch

Last night I attended the launch of Dear Nature, an important new work from renowned Nottingham artist John Newling. I was also invited to give a reading from the book.

25th July, 2012 / art

Bauhaus at The Barbican

Just a quick, hastily-written post urging any UK designers to brave the Olympichaos and catch Bauhaus: Art as Life at The Barbican in London before it ends in mid-August. I’m somewhat obsessed, so I popped along yesterday, and was not disappointed.

16th March, 2008 / politics

Tanks, troops and terror

I feel compelled to write about the worrying reports coming out of Tibet, a country an “autonomous region” that I have spent many years reading about, and hope to visit one day.

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