Where’s it all heading?

Bit of a long blog I'm afraid, however, I'd like to think the end justifies the means. I've mentioned on a number of occasions about how one of my coping mechanisms when things in the brain department need a tidy up is to be creative. I pick up a pen and paper and whatever comes … Continue reading Where’s it all heading?

It takes a village!

When we reflect, look back at history it provides us with an opportunity to not only see where things went wrong and learn from the mistakes but to also see what went right and to learn from the lessons. A part of HMP Brixton's history provides us with evidence of #whatcanbe when the local community … Continue reading It takes a village!

Prison cell-ebration

The image above is a screenshot of the slide I used during my TEDx talk at The Open University in November last year. Who in their right mind could turn around and say that it looks like an environment conducive to rehabilitation? That's because it isn't, nor has it ever been or ever will be. … Continue reading Prison cell-ebration

Spincarceration!

I don't typically publish two blogs in one day but sometimes you just have to allow the writing to dictate to you with no changes, ironic considering this blog is about change, had I saved this for another time I'd, with another hint at my past, make changes I shouldn't have. I'm sure that makes … Continue reading Spincarceration!

Beware the ‘Ides of March’

My Interview with Chris I had the good fortune of interviewing Chris Lambrianou for my first podcast, which discusses issues relating to our criminal justice system. We chat about his time in prison, reform, mental health and lots of other subjects. The link above is to the podcast, however, before you listen here is a brief … Continue reading Beware the ‘Ides of March’

Sit-Down and Drop the Knife to Save a Life.

Most of my time is taken up campaigning for criminal justice reform, especially within our prisons. Rather than tell people what to think, I try to influence how they think. I do this by sharing my experiences and perspective from both the negative and positive aspects of my life.  However, in my spare time, I … Continue reading Sit-Down and Drop the Knife to Save a Life.

Beyond repair?

Earlier today, I was reminded by the fact it wasn't just the major things like studying for a degree in prison that had an impact on me. There were also a number of little things that created the same sort of impact. And, just as important. One of these was a television programme which began … Continue reading Beyond repair?

Reflection – What can be!

Regular followers of my blog and Twitter account will be aware of what an incredible year I have had. There have been some fine highlights along the way: A guest of Dr Lewis Owens' at two events. One was at the residence of the Lebanese Ambassador; where I not only met Terry Waite but also … Continue reading Reflection – What can be!

TON UP!

It is remarkable how things turn out sometimes. I am not only able to celebrate my 100th blog, but I am also able to celebrate, and of course, promote ; ) my debut book 'A Father's Son.' I have banged on for ages and will continue to do so, about the importance of education, especially … Continue reading TON UP!

A Colombian Crusade

Later this year, on October 20th, during a special charity concert put on for the benefit of the National Brain Appeal, my good friend Dr Lewis Owens will once again be presenting a prestigious St. Martin's Lifetime Achievement Award to a deserving recipient. An award that was previously presented to Terry Waite and which will … Continue reading A Colombian Crusade