Author: Nicola Tipton

“They are crying and calling me”: help my lovely Afghani friend

Nicola Tipton

A couple of weeks ago I wrote this article. In my poem, I addressed violence against women and girls. The seventh stanza is, sadly, more pertinent than ever in the light of recent events in Afghanistan. I had been thinking about Afghanistan and Nigeria at the time of writing, but never dreamt, like the rest […]

Poetry Corner

Gaia

Nicola Tipton

My heart cries in the wind, “Answer me. Answer me.” Trees whisper back, “We are here. We are here.” Body aches for caress, “Touch me. Touch me.” Wild flowers, rushes sing, “Lie with us. Lie with us.” My mind pleads, “Heal me. Heal me.” Bees fumble the flowers and, butterflies dance. “Watch us. Watch us.” […]

Why Rebel by Jay Griffiths: review

Nicola Tipton

If you have ever been a rebel, are an active rebel, or are beginning to think about rebelling this book is a must-read. Although it addresses climate change, in particular, and the author’s experience of being arrested at an XR protest and the consequences of this and her trial, it deals with so much more […]

Mr Whippy Goes to Schaumberg: debut novel by Robin Tudge

Nicola Tipton

Robin Tudge’s debut novel is a welcome one. I was not disappointed and enjoyed it. Written in the first person, it was refreshing to get an insight to the mind of a young man, whom for once, isn’t all mouth and balls. A rite of passage This is a rites of passage novel. The protagonist, […]

Poetry Corner

Lucretia

Nicola Tipton

I have been mulling over the topical issue of violence inflicted on women and girls for some time now, and ever since reading Euripides’ Trojan Women many years ago, I have been interested in the fate, often suffered by women, in conflict. Sadly, things don’t seem to change much down the millennia. So many examples […]

Opinion

Concerns about medical data: letter to a Tory MP

Nicola Tipton

I also consider myself to be a ‘good citizen’. I am sure no insult was intended but the inference that I am somehow a bad citizen because I am reluctant to hand over my medical data willy-nilly makes me angry. I am risk averse and try and ensure that my data is protected. I do not want, at this stage, to hand over the responsibility of protecting my data to a third party I do not trust.

Poetry Corner

For Sylvia

Nicola Tipton

A very touching poem about a shared experience and sisterhood by Nicola Tipton

OpinionUPDATED

Lunch with Gandhi

Nicola Tipton

What is particularly worrying though is that this happened at all. This incident was relatively trivial but the principles aren’t. Was the man just exercising personal judgement? Did he have any authority to ask me to turn round my signs?

Poetry Corner

Distraction

Nicola Tipton

Distractionnewsdistraction
socialmediadistractionmoney
distractionfooddistraction
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DIS …TRAC…TION

Poetry Corner

Hope

Nicola Tipton

Longer days. Dormant
hope bubbles in heart’s well-spring.
Fountains crystal light.

Opinion

Shame on them!

Nicola Tipton

Those of us, who have spent so much of our time this last couple of weeks raising awareness about the toxic clauses in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, and its inherent dangers to our human right to protest, can only condemn in the strongest terms the actions of the few last night. Their actions may have wiped out what has been achieved and the limited progress we have made to preserve our freedom of speech. Furthermore, it will inevitably polarise camps and opinion more. Such a travesty, when a cross party group has been set up by concerned MPs about the ramifications of this Bill if it is made law unamended.

Gagged: a letter to my Tory MP

Nicola Tipton

Protest is, and always has been, noisy. It is annoying. Steven Bray, my friend, is a thorn in the side. He does not swear but says how he believes it is. So do those ‘patriotic’, Johnson loving leavers.

Poetry Corner

Endurance

Nicola Tipton

Two hundred years ago
this February in Rome
Keats died.
Aged 25.

“Fair is foul and foul is fair”: lessons from the Bard Part 2

Nicola Tipton

Dunsinane becomes darker than hell itself. The porter declares, “But this place is too cold for hell. / I’ll devil-porter it no further.” Scotland is also increasingly described metaphorically as sick and diseased – just as the UK is, once again, being dubbed ‘the sick man of Europe’. The nation hosts a nightmare Covid-19 scenario, the economy is in a grievous state, and our national debt is eye-wateringly high.

Poetry Corner

Chance encounter

Nicola Tipton

I met a man today
on my puddled walk
past new-made lakes –
meadows inundated –
at Hunsden Lock …
litter picking.

Poetry Corner

Kite

Nicola Tipton

From the side hatch,
across the river,
I saw four walkers
on the tow path opposite –
Two couples and a dog-
Standing still in distanced line
their backs toward me,
heads upturned…

Poetry Corner

Snowdrops

Nicola Tipton

Hush!
Listen to the earth
awakening from winter’s sleep,

Opinion

Seven parliamentary principles and the deadly sins

Nicola Tipton

The government needs to be made accountable and its proposals need to be properly scrutinised as a matter of urgency. We should be worried. Furthermore, the far-right mob mentality is becoming increasingly evident to all now. We have been far too complacent and taken for granted our hard-won freedoms, rights and democracy. What has happened in America should be a lesson to us all.

Political lessons from the Bard: musings on the Scottish play

Nicola Tipton

New Year’s Day, 2021. Boris has it all. Brexit done, a deal, and the premiership – just as ERG, Cummings, Farage etc wished for. Certainly a ‘weird’ alliance. Many of whom, having wreaked their havoc, have also vanished into thin air the ‘bubbles’ of the earth, or in their case, hedge-funded, tax avoidance futures with back up European citizenship and their concerns moved. Some to Ireland.

Dissolving into nature: an antidote to excess

Nicola Tipton

Squelching through mud, straightway the wood embraced me. Filled me with its magic; light filtering from the sun, low in the December sky. Chased away my troubled early dreams. Ears strained to hear the whispering wisdom of the trees … splendid in their nakedness… above white noise of distant traffic. Constant now, unlike April’s lockdown. M25. Where are all those people essentially travelling to? Small birds sing unseen and a crow calls.

Letter to a conservative MP

Nicola Tipton

I would argue that this latest, and necessary knee jerk reaction, is a result of the shambolic response to Covid-19 from the beginning. The government has been late in its reactions. The government has learned nothing from being late in its reactions through the year, and totally squandered time during the summer when this should have been planned for. The Tories are responsible for not being prepared from the pandemic exercises several years ago.

Review

The Untethered soul: the journey beyond yourself by Michael A. Singer

Nicola Tipton

It is not a book to be rushed. I read a chapter at a time, and for want of a better word, ‘meditated’ on its contents, let it sink into my mind before I moved on. I did not read more than one part on any single day and sometimes I only read one chapter and spent time trying to put into practice what I had learned, experienced, through the words.

Save our food standards and save British farming

Nicola Tipton

Being asked to ‘trust’ the government simply beggars belief. The government would be seen to be trustworthy if it simply implemented the safeguards put forward in the amendment! Parliament is made up of elected honourable servants. It is their duty of care to protect the people’s interests and respect their wishes. The Agricultural Bill is unacceptable in its unamended form. It is not good enough to argue if the bill passes in the form Boris Johnson and the unelected advisor Mr. Cummings want, that it does not necessarily mean that chlorinated cheap chicken and all the host of other things may not be sacrificed. We have been lied to on too many occasions.

Opinion

Mind your language!

Nicola Tipton

Is this acceptable behaviour from a man elected to serve his country? The use of the word speaks volumes and does have at least a hint of feudalism. It demonstrates exactly how some of the elite, public school educated, think of the general public.

Rambling, Goosesteps and Dancing in the Rain!

Nicola Tipton

A personal reflection on a protest On Tuesday 18th August I joined a protest outside Chequers, the country residence of the Prime Minister of the UK. The group was there primarily to draw attention to the Russia Report. So much for taking our sovereignty back! In the words of Dominic Grieve QC, former attorney general […]