Acts of Cruelty by Angela Caldin

No-one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than it’s opposite. Nelson Mandela Tuesday Morning Journey On Tuesdays I set off early to go and do a morning’s voluntary work at a charity which helps the homeless near Victoria station. I look forward to mingling with the commuters and picking up my copy of… Read More

Gray Power by Trevor Plumbly

Aren’t colours funny? We’ve been indoctrinated with the concept that the principle ones are somehow linked to personality traits and moods; black, white, red, green, blue and yellow all used as descriptive indicators, but not gray. Gray is a sort of non-colour, along with being an escapist word ideally suited to those who’ve entered a process and emerged with nothing. ‘It’s a gray area’ is a phrase that might have been tailor-made for politicians, but lately it seems to have been hijacked by all manner of people to camouflage that they haven’t… Read More

Another Futile War or God Bless America by Trevor Plumbly

Living Through World War II I was born in the early years of World War II. Living about 30 miles from London, I can vaguely remember being able to hear the sounds of bombs falling and the whistle of doodlebugs en route to the capital. It was a time of enormous personal suffering for those living in the targeted areas; it was also a time of individual sacrifice, heroics and possibly the last totally unified expression of national pride to grip the British public. As a result, my inherited knowledge of the… Read More