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Friday, November 24, 2017

Almost exactly a year ago today, I spent the evening with ice-cold fingers and guitar in hand on Cramond Beach, Edinburgh, as part of the ‘Light for Aleppo’ event that Ali Newell (my friend Cam’s mum) held there at the same time as a series of similar events around the...

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Friday, June 29, 2018

“What’s your self-care routine?” the workshop leader asks the room. The answers – drinking herbal tea, sleeping 8 hours, exercising, calling a friend. All pretty obvious. As it is obvious to have a discussion about self-care among volunteers. Every organisation does it...

Thursday, May 17, 2018

I’ve been putting off writing this post for some time now. I’ve been back in Greece for around a month, and yet haven’t really put aside the time to do some writing or any proper reflection on what’s been happening here. Perhaps this is because of lack of time or energ...

Monday, April 9, 2018

“Once it’s out there, in the air, you can’t pin it down. You can’t catch it.” My Cuban guitar teacher, Andreas, spoke to me often about the vaporous nature of music, its ability to drift through the streets and in and out of your ears. Until recently, in Santiago de Cu...

Monday, February 5, 2018

The day before I departed for Jamaica, the BBC and other major media corporations ran a headline about the “state of emergency” which had been declared in Montego Bay, the city that I was flying into. I heard this news minutes before getting on the train to London to b...

Saturday, December 23, 2017

I’m writing this entry from my bed in Scotland. Unsurprisingly, it’s rather a different scene from what surrounded me when I last took a moment to reflect. The writing that covered my walls has been replaced with neatly-patterned wallpaper; the haphazard rugs and sleep...

Friday, November 24, 2017

Almost exactly a year ago today, I spent the evening with ice-cold fingers and guitar in hand on Cramond Beach, Edinburgh, as part of the ‘Light for Aleppo’ event that Ali Newell (my friend Cam’s mum) held there at the same time as a series of similar events around the...

Monday, October 30, 2017

I'm going to use this entry to talk a wee bit more about what I’ve been doing “musically” in camp so far. As a first note, it’s been a learning curve from day one. I’d had some previous experience in running music workshops and playing music with people with whom I don...

Sunday, October 1, 2017

I’ve been in Nea Kavala for two weeks now, but it feels as if it could have been a lot longer. Each day is filled with so many moments and faces that it’s hard to remember what my mind was preoccupied with before I came here. This entry couldn’t possibly contain all of...

Friday, September 8, 2017

On the 17th of March of this year, I received an email from the University of St Andrews and the R&A Golf Club of St Andrews to inform me that I had received their International Travel Scholarship.  Before you ask, the answer is no, this will not involve me playing gol...

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