Tuesday, 28 June 2011


Wonderful celebration of Maltese culture in Stepney last Saturday. It is getting harder and more expensive to go back to Malta, so if we cannot take the children to Malta, the events organised by the Maltese Cultural Movement are a good second best. There was Maltese food, Maltese music, Maltese accents everywhere, donkey rides, a bouncy castle, Maltese souvenirs...just one small criticism. We needed more of three things: 1) volunteers to run the stalls, the queues were a nightmare 2) more produce as most things ran out and 3) more space - there are more of us Maltesers in Britain than you'd think! Aside of that, thanks to the organisers for bringing a little piece of Malta, complete with the chaos, to London for the day.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2011

That Singular Anomaly

I have a new blog! Come and visit That Singular Anomaly (and perhaps add it to your blogrolls and become a follower as well if that takes your fancy). As the quote from the Gilbert and Sullivan song suggests, the blog is dedicated to book-related and more generally literary subject matter. It will be my main focus for the time being but I will occasionally post more campaigning related news on this blog as I can't bring myself to abandon the regiment just yet.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Ave Maria Radio

Tomorrow I am going on Ave Maria Radio for the Catholic Connection programme. 9:15 AM Eastern Time and 2:15 PM British Summer Time. At least, I think that's right. I am fast developing a phobia of time zones and check multiple times online beforehand because I am positive I will miscalculate one day and be in the shower at the precise moment the phone rings to bring me onto a show. Having said that, the only show I have missed so far went wrong because the producer dialled the wrong international code. When he rang later to apologise for the error, it didn't occur to me to ask who he had actually ended up interviewing, or what country they were from...

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Book Review from His Hermeneuticalness...

...here. He is in fact very modest when he says he did not contribute much, he answered a relentless bombardment of questions from me on different subjects, such as the exact words of absolution in the Old Rite, the precise moment in the Mass when the names of the dead might be mentioned and the moral complexities surrounding acts of war. I was overwhelmed when I was researching the book by the incredible generosity of so many people who willingly shared their time and hard-earned knowledge to help me shape the story.

On one glorious occasion, a friend who is an expert in piracy and life at sea came round for dinner with his girlfriend and acted out (slow motion) a combat scene with me in the corner of my kitchen whilst my husband made coffee, so that I could make absolutely sure I got the different moves right.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Monday, 6 June 2011

Son Rise Morning Show

I am going on this radio show first thing tomorrow morning - Eastern Standard Time, that is. This will be my first time on a radio channel transmitting in another time zone, so I will be sitting in my house talking on the phone during my children's afternoon nap whilst listeners in Cincinatti tune in on their way to work. I'll get used to the idea...

Friday, 3 June 2011

End the War on Women

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Hospital staff abuse the vulnerable

Panorama has secretly filmed vulnerable patients being verbally and physically abused in a private hospital. This digusting, inhuman behaviour is yet another symptom of a society that does not respect the inherent value of human life.

I could not help thinking again of Professor Lejeune, who dedicated his life to giving disabled people back the human dignity society had denied them.