Gate Crashing

19th May 2017 Like a proper European, I’ve had the summer off (apologies!). Not from work, sadly, but I have been able to squeeze in a few trips. The sun was out when I arrived in to Dublin. Which was lovely to see outside while I waited in the airport pub for my firend to…

‘Happy’ Birthday

25th March 2017 The European project was begun in earnest 60 years ago today. But the festivities today will be rather muted. As we march through London today, I hope it will be seen as a pro-EU demonstration but cannot ignore its antipathy to out governments apparent negotiating strategy. Let’s suffice today with a brain…

The Truth and Other Lies

September 2016 I’ve been re-reading some of the things I wrote while studying in Paris. I had remembered writing about truth and appearances (but must have forgotten the heavy handed zeal with which I intoned). What I found was more about lies. In my clumsy prose, I kept returning to the idea of constructing something true…

Wednesday Sessions

July 2014 Before the referendum – before it was even promised – I was enjoying my EU-ensured freedom of movement to live and work in Spain. On Wednesdays, I taught at a school in one of the pueblos outside town and caught a taxi back with two of my colleagues: one Irish, one American. The…