Beyoglu: From grime to glamour

In March 2016, a suicide bomber attacked Istiklal Avenue, in the heart of Istanbul’s commercial district. Since then, the city’s most famous street has been a shadow of its former self. The hustle and bustle has slowed to a mere trickle. I wrote the below piece in early January 2015, when times were still good … Read more

The landscape of bigotry

Earlier this week, some time spent on Twitter helped me to understand the thought processes of those little Englanders and rampant Republicans who we bleeding heart liberals love to criticise. The conversation happened in the wake of the most recent London stabbing. While knife crime happens regularly in our beloved capital city, this case struck … Read more

Brutal new horizons

“Nothing is so wretched or foolish as to anticipate misfortunes. What madness is it to be expecting evil before it comes.” -Seneca It is said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. That may be so, but yet another certainty is change. Change can take many forms. It can be positive or … Read more

Scary monsters

I write from Istanbul where 75 million Turks are amassing, gearing up for their imminent incursion into Britain. Or so the Daily Mail would have us believe. According to that newspaper, and other ‘Brexit’ proponents, the only way to stop the Turks overrunning our precious country is by making sure we’re safely out of the … Read more