Tag: Alison Banville

Black Lives? Palestinian Lives? You Don’t Have to Choose

Over a decade ago, in 2009, I was on a protest at Scotland Yard about the death of Sean Rigg, left to die on the floor of Brixton police station. His family was there; Lowkey, best known for his fight for justice for the Palestinians, was there performing in the street one of his brilliant, incisive, truth-telling raps. No-one there […]

I Wanna Break Lockdown With You

I wanna break the lockdown with you Look what it’s turning me into… Fuck the Thursday clapping! I told them I was napping But really I was sex-calling you I wanna break the lockdown with you I’m cooking for one, not two I’ve got no other half And no domestic staff So tell me, what’s a girl to do? I […]

For Jim

My dad Jim died today. He had advanced emphysema but was still driving two days ago. I found him on the floor of his bedroom so I ran and called 999 and was put on hold!!! No ambulances were available the automatic message said!! I was frantic and rang my mum and sister who live quite near. Then someone materialised […]

This Is Your Song

Elton and Bernie already wrote ‘Your Song’ And I could just sing that for you But I don’t think words meant for someone else Is the ‘best I can do’ So many love songs have come along You’d think that it’s all been said But the words have never been sung out loud That are living inside my head You […]

Corona: It’s Love the Elites Are Really Afraid Of

‘The world stands at a parting of the ways’ begins one of my favourite quotes. And we are at such a crossroads now. In the coming weeks and months of this corona crisis the world will be divided into those who are not prepared to discard the community spirit we have (re)discovered and will use it to build a society […]

Coronavirus: A Call To Awaken

BSNews co-editor Alison Banville shares her concise thoughts on how this seemingly terrifying threat is actually a potent historical moment offering us a dynamic opportunity to move to a space of personal empowerment and enlightenment capable of resisting both the virus and the malefic forces keeping us cowed and terrified: I once emailed with a ‘maverick’ AIDS researcher who was […]

The Driver

He knows many celebritiesBut he’s not fazed at allHollywood gods and rock starsAre idols that can fall He’s not intimidatedIn fame’s hallowed hallAnd in my humble opinionHe outshines them allHis clients sit in shadowBut always they are seenBy his eyes in the mirrorOf a top class limousine His brown eyes see everythingThese stars have ever beenFrom labourer or waitressTo an idol of […]

BSNews co-editor’s trip to Syria

Hello, I’m Alison Banville, co-editor of BSNews. This is my crowdfunder for my upcoming trip to Syria: I have made two trips to Syria with my co-editor, Mike Raddie. In 2017 we visited Aleppo, Homs and Damascus, during which we interviewed Aleppo MP Fares Shehabi and talked to people on the ground in East Aleppo, Jebrin refugee camp and in the previously occupied […]

Andrew Tyler, Pierre le Corf and the Defence of the Powerless

While on my recent trip to Syria I met the fabulous Pierre le Corf, who has not only helped so many children who have suffered in the conflict there, but has also opened an animal sanctuary in Aleppo. I put to Pierre while filming him that many people would ask why, amidst so much human suffering, he would choose to help animals? His reply was both moving and profound.

BSNews is ‘Russian Backed’ and is Reported to OFCOM: We Respond

Greatly concerned about these accusations and desperate to rehabilitate ourselves in the eyes of this responsible citizen – and also hopefully mitigate any punishment by OFCOM, a body we both fear and respect – Mike Raddie responded with the urgency such an indictment deserves; almost immediately, in fact, after he’d made himself a nice curry, drank a few glasses of wine, and finished re-watching the last three episodes of Breaking Bad.