How do you mourn a father you can barely forgive? A searing memoir on living with mental illness

Old Man in Sorrow by Vincent Van Gogh | Wikimedia Commons You attributed any spell of despair to the incompetence of the world or to specific events or people who disappointed and hurt, but never thought of it as sustained sadness that you could not let go. All decisions were taken in a high emotional tenor. … Read more How do you mourn a father you can barely forgive? A searing memoir on living with mental illness

The villages living under Heathrow’s death sentence

The construction of a third runway at Heathrow Airport will lead to one village being completely flattened and others partly demolished. Now that the favoured plan for the airport expansion has finally been announced, how are the people living in the area coping? The people of Harmondsworth are tired, they say. Worn out. Exhausted. Drained. … Read more The villages living under Heathrow’s death sentence

Five things the Japanese can teach us about living simply

EVERY nation has something they do exceptionally well. The Swiss have their chocolate, the Dutch their legalised marijuana, and Germany their amazing cars and wonderful sense of humour (OK maybe not the last). And Zen-loving Japan? Stress free simplicity. When you consider that Japan squeezes five times our population into a country one twentieth of … Read more Five things the Japanese can teach us about living simply