Reflection

Why in some ways this feels like the toughest period of the pandemic

Lockdowns and subsequent lows The week governments ordered people to remain at home, over two years ago, was one of the toughest moments of the Coronavirus pandemic. On a general population level, there have been multiple moments since then that have caused just as much disruption, if not more so. New lockdowns have been introduced …

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Here’s a queer question. What are your impossible stories?

What are your impossible stories? There’s a quote that’s stuck with me this past month or so, and it’s from the writer, Saidiya Hartman, whose book, ‘Lose Your Mother’ has me gripped this January. Elsewhere, in another one of her works, she’s posed the question: ‘How do we tell impossible stories, and how do we …

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From medieval times to the Modernists (The surprise stories of anti Jewish prejudice)

What can any of us do in response to the newer challenges – of anti-Semitism today? I would simply start by saying please open your heart or mind to what Jewish people themselves say needs to change. All too often in recent years, Jews warning journalists, politicians and others about anti Jewish prejudice have been accused of playing political games, of effectively ‘crying wolf’.

The Hidden Histories

Whatever (or whomever) we lose, we must lament and later mourn, commemorate and acknowledge. Whatever lessons history teaches us, let’s at least agree, there are lessons that need to be learnt, that we can’t let our histories simply fade.

At Musee Tiskiwin

What’s in a name? Coming out as Andrew Kaufman

I’ve been called various things throughout my 39 years.

At school I was called ‘Pinocchio’, ‘Igor’ (the character in cartoon, ‘Count Duckula’) and ‘Gonzo’ and various other nicknames, owing to my prominent nose. I now plan to reclaim my family past, reclaim my name from its early 20th century past. I’m coming out as Andrew Kaufman.