Sunday Telegraph: Grayson Perry proves that art and politics don’t mix

From The Sunday Telegraph, October 12, 2014 Why do we bother listening to what artists have to say about the world? This week, Grayson Perry – the cross-dressing winner of the Turner Prize – wrote a long essay in the New Statesman, in which he railed against something called “Default man”. By this he meant “white, middle-class, heterosexual men, usually middle-aged”. These people, Perry wrote, “with their colourful textile phalluses hanging round their necks” (also known as ties) have “othered”… Read on

Daily Telegraph: Life is so much better with our elders around

From the Daily Telegraph, October 2, 2014 Grandparents are not just free babysitters – they offer us a vital link with the past Pope Francis, the world’s most popular septuagenarian, held an event at the weekend for thousands of the elderly and their grandchildren, where he said: “A people that doesn’t take care of its grandparents and treat them well is a people with no future.” He’s right, and as a father of three young children who still relies on… Read on

Sunday Telegraph: Emma Watson’s HeforShe campaign is short of concrete proposals

From The Sunday Telegraph, September 28, 2014 Men, have you been on the internet yet to show your support for women? It’s the big thing among young people these days, and last week thousands of them were at it, after the Harry Potter actress Emma Watson made a speech to the UN encouraging chaps to get behind the HeForShe campaign, “a solidarity movement for gender equality”. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself looking handsome, chin… Read on

Sunday Telegraph: The internet is just one big village

From the Sunday Telegraph: August 31, 2014 We recently let our flat to three groups of strangers through the website Airbnb. It’s an odd situation, entailing us placing a great deal of trust in people we don’t know and will never meet, who were free to steal, damage or squat, or rustle through our things – that unfinished novel or my secret collection of Third Reich memorabilia. (Only joking; I had those locked away, obviously.) Read the whole… Read on