Mindblown: a blog about philosophy.

  • Srebrenica: Europe’s Last Genocide (?)

    Srebrenica: Europe’s Last Genocide (?)

    Today marks 25 years since the beginning of the genocide in Srebrenica. It is the most recent and we must hope, last genocide in Europe. Sadly, already, we cannot say in the world. Since 1995, the killing of Darfuris in Sudan was ruled the 21st century’s first genocide. More recently, the killing of Rohingya Muslims […]

  • CLAP

    Background I was riding my bike past some great big houses with great big ‘thank you NHS’ signs. I made an unknown – though not unreasonable – judgement that some of the signs may come from households that proudly put this government in power. The notion of great big blue bleeding hearts on show for […]

  • Make Something Friday #004

    Make Something Friday #004

    How many weeks it been now? It’s all getting a little hazy. It all depends on the counting methodology used. In internationally (un)recognised MSF time I make it 4 make-something-fridays since we snuck in under our duvets. 4. FOUR! Four whole Fridays of fine folks sending me colour and candour from far and wide. It […]

  • Make Something Friday #003

    Make Something Friday #003

    I continue to be left awe struck with the variety of wonderful artefacts waiting for me in my inbox each week. We’re deep into this stay (AT, at, @ – why has everyone forgotten the poor little AT) home malarky and with it we voyage deeper and deeper into Make Something Friday. You know it’s […]

  • Make Something Friday #002

    Make Something Friday #002

    Creativity is contagious. I’m certain. From #001 alone – Sophie and George’s whittled spoons inspired at least one other person to give it a try. I thought about fiddling with my long-forgotten guitar this week thanks to Rob’s brilliant track. People who saw #001 got in touch and asked if they could pass it on […]



    I was on the phone to Annie – she said she was making corona virus related art with Shivani from afar. I started thinking. Nicked the idea basically. I scribbled a few lines of text on my phone. No brief or theme just – hey, make something on Friday. Sent it to a few of […]

  • Britain’s Bus Crisis – on iPlayer Now

    Britain’s Bus Crisis – on iPlayer Now

    Panorama’s Richard Bilton travels coast to coast across the north of England to see the reality of Britain’s battered bus network. From rising fares, congestion and abandoned services to hi-tech, green buses and overcrowding, Panorama finds out what people want to see changed.  In February 2020 we crossed part of the country by bus – […]

  • Rolleiflex #001

    Rolleiflex #001

    First photos from my Rolleiflex (at long last…) I bought a Rolleiflex 2.8 F to start my year (2019 ya). For a long time it sat there sniggering at me. It wasn’t really, duh – I just didn’t have the balls to take it for a spin. I went to Scotland with my dear George […]

  • Photographing Georgina Davy

    Photographing Georgina Davy

    These pictures are of my friend and artist Georgina Davy. She makes beautiful, often strange, but always wonderful costumes and puppets. I don’t think she realises just how excellent she is. The making of the costumes must be painstaking. The beasts she makes require not only imagination but also nimble-fingered wizardry and a monk-like patience […]

  • Shooting Crisis in Care. Pt.2 The weight of pictures

    Shooting Crisis in Care. Pt.2 The weight of pictures

    Note: This blog is about the first episode of Crisis in Care. It’s on BBC iPlayer now and will be available for 11 months. Intimate Access The word ‘access’ is an important one in the documentary lexicon. The difference between a pie-in-the sky idea for a film about, let’s say Facebook’s hate speech monitoring team […]

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