Ton Sai, Thailand: the destruction of paradise

“No Entry!! MOVE ON!” a security guard yells at us as we jump off the longtail boat at Railay beach. He is guarding a new, expensive resort, meaning that the ‘common’ public have to wade through the sea, waves crashing up to our waists, rather than step on the resort’s swimming pool grounds. Heaven forbid…

Brighton: the invasion of the cupcakes!

You know that a city is too gentrified when you start to see cafes selling cupcakes. I have a particular problem with cupcakes because they’re just fairy cakes, similar to those that we used to make in primary school and sold for 10p. But rebranded as cupcakes, they’re now sold for £3 per tiny cake….

Smile like you mean it and it will be returned!

“Smile like you mean it and it will be returned.” – Nahko & Medicine for the People, Father Mountain I live in a society that is suffering from a sickness – a society where we are fearful and distrusting of our fellow human beings; a society where any sense of community has vanished and where…

to be an anarchist…

Having referred to myself as an anarchist in various blog posts, I thought I would write about what anarchism means to me. Anarchism means something slightly different to each anarchist, so this is a very personal post. “Anarchism means a condition or society where all men and women are free, and where all enjoy equally…

friendliness versus hostility: a visit to Italy

“WHORE!” a man yells out of his car window at Nicol, as she stands at the side of the road with a sign for the next town. She screams something back at him in Italian. “Welcome to Italy,” I think to myself. Chris has joined us on our roadtrip. Unfortunately for him, both Nicol and…

London: a rant.

I loathe London. I lived there for a decade. I did my time there, I lived on both sides of the river, I knew the city. So now I feel that it is my right to loathe it! Why do I dislike London so much? Maybe my views are tainted by the past – by…

Fighting to shut down Brighton’s arms factory

Since moving to Brighton, my second home has become the Cowley Club, a collectively-owned non-profit base for activists to meet each other, hold meetings, stage events and eat vegan cake! I have become involved with Smash EDO, an anti-arms campaign against the local weapons factory, EDO MBM. Admirably, Smash EDO has been campaigning constantly since…

hitchhiking and dumpster diving into 2011…

The anti-capitalist journalist, John Pilger, says that politics in Britain has one meaning: “The replacement of democracy with a business plan for every human activity, every dream, every decency, every hope, every child born.” And Chris McCandless quoted in the film, Into The Wild, that “careers are a twentieth century invention and I don’t want…