South Africa: A country where segregated streets are not yet a distant memory, and the city of Cape Town still deeply reminiscent of apartheid planning. In an attempt to explore how these power dynamics are negotiated on the street today, it is obvious that we navigate spaces in our own South African way. Whether it … Continue reading Whose Streets? Our Streets.
I arrived in London at 17 and was forced to face my unconscious racial bias. Racism is like the common cold in South Africa. It is an ever-mutating virus, impossible to avoid. Unaware I hadn't fought off all symptoms of the sickness, I was ashamed and caught off guard as my mind became self-aware. Un-vaccinated, I … Continue reading How racially inclusive is the Grahamstown National Arts Festival?
they burned our forest down in seconds the hut we labored upon months disappeared So threatened by free spirits taking chain saws to our long house trampled the seeds we had sown bringing forth destruction to the few possessions we owned they pledged their allegiance to the crown too easily forgetting mother earth who nurtures … Continue reading They burned our forest down
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izcYXe3mZxk Squatting 101: The building must be secured and a Legal Notice put on the door, it’s a waiting game as to who discovers you first. Often it’s the police. But squatting is a civil matter. Hence, the police cannot just kick you out. An eviction warrant must be attained. It’s the court's responsibility to … Continue reading “Bliss was it at that dawn to be alive”: Squat life in London
Our latest couch surfing guests, Dana and I had a thought provoking conversation on her second with us. I admired her strength, for opening up and being so candid after only two days together. She told me: “My father took MDMA with me. He was a refugee from east Germany. At the age of 5, … Continue reading Fairy floating into learning about MDMA therapy
The Gate Keepers. Image credit: Kleon3 . Available: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/indexphp?curid=41506388 Let me break it down. Train hopping / jumping does not mean actually jumping on top of a moving train. It is the process of jumping those nasty barriers at the station which get between you and a free ride. This is possible my surreptitiously … Continue reading How to fare dodge the London Underground