Stories from Opinion

  • 4 years ago

    Am I a feminist?

    MAY 19 — The working class girl who grew up in the shadow of a closed coal pit is not everyone’s cup of tea. But, as I stood washing dishes, I couldn’t feel...

  • 4 years ago

    Dyslexia and pit bull terriers

    APRIL 1 — “I was like a ‘pit bull terrier’ when it came to dealing with my son’s school, fighting for precious extra time for exams and other...

  • 4 years ago

    Chinese New Year in Paris

    FEBRUARY 25 — I’m embarrassed to say that it has taken us two years to visit Chinatown Paris. Last Saturday, when the first of the Chinese New Year parades was...

  • 4 years ago

    'Charlie Hebdo': Satirists and their sacred cows

    FEBRUARY 4 — “Even the most ruthless satirists have their sacred cows.” What did the poet Saladin Ahmed mean by this in the context of Charlie Hebdo? A month has...

  • 4 years ago

    Today’s edition of 'Charlie Hebdo'

    JANUARY 14 ― Have you seen the front cover of today’s Charlie Hebdo? This first edition, published after last Wednesday's horrific terrorist attack on...

  • 4 years ago

    Sunday’s historic march on the streets of Paris

    JANUARY 12 — Like the other 1.5 million Parisians, I set aside chores and prior engagements on Sunday and headed into the city to join a historic march that spoke of liberty...

  • 4 years ago

    Paris: Wednesday’s deadly attacks

    JANUARY 8 — The unthinkable just happened. Two masked gunmen stormed offices in central Paris killing 12 people. Eight journalists from the French satirical...

  • 4 years ago

    Middle-aged (wo)man in lycra

    DECEMBER 22 -- I was asked recently what drove a forty-something female to join the racy ranks of the French cycling classes.   I didn’t want to have to explain....

  • 4 years ago

    Ten reasons to like Thanksgiving, more than Christmas

    NOVEMBER 27 — I’m a big fan of Thanksgiving, so much so that we celebrated it last Saturday to ensure a good-turnout of mates rather than wait for the official...

  • 4 years ago

    If walls could talk

    DECEMBER 2 — I visited an extraordinary building in Paris recently where someone had taken the unusual step of asking its construction workers what they thought and did...

  • 4 years ago

    Lest we forget

    NOVEMBER 17 — Lively reminders of the dark side of human nature and the fragility of peace are a good thing. Even for children.  Two generations of my family have...

  • 4 years ago

    Less French bashing, more backslapping

    NOVEMBER 10 — Enough of “le french bashing et le pessimisme” France’s Prime Minister declared last Monday during a business award ceremony in central...

  • 4 years ago

    Le Suicide français

    OCTOBER 30 — When Patrick Modiano learned this month he had won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Literature he asked his editor why the Swedish Academy had selected him, saying he...

  • 4 years ago

    Ebola outbreak in France: Not if, but when?

    OCTOBER 13 — France could soon be facing its own home-grown Ebola cases as has happened in America and Spain, unless it is very lucky. Projections made by scientists at...

  • 4 years ago

    Totalement Désarçonnés: The best graffiti in town

    OCTOBER 6 —  I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling distinctly jaded by the news right now. The global ISIS crisis, a possible Ebola pandemic...

  • 4 years ago

    France’s struggle with ISIS

    SEPTEMBER 26 — We are in a state of shock over the beheading of a French tourist in Algeria on Wednesday. There is no doubt about it: ISIS has brought terror directly into...

  • 4 years ago

    Is Scotland heading for a painful divorce from Britain?

    SEPTEMBER 18 — As Scottish voters head to the polls today to decide whether to remain in the United Kingdom, I want to share my interview with Graham Paling, Group CEO of...

  • 4 years ago

    The problem with nudity, is that there is no problem

    SEPTEMBER 12 — At least not in Europe. I was telling my Malaysian friend who was visiting us in Paris recently how we ended up camping next to a nudist beach in Corsica this...

  • 5 years ago

    Holiday reading for kids: Are classics worth the bother?

    AUG 7 — I found sorting this list of classic books for kids trickier than anticipated: what is a “classic”? Are we only talking 19th century authors? ...