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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
‘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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
‘Strange days indeed’ sang John Lennon, and one can only ‘imagine’ what a man at the forefront of creating positive planetary change in his day would have made of where we are now? Because these are indeed extraordinary times in which the very foundations of everything we collectively believed to be ‘how things are’ seem to be moving beneath our […]
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.
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.
BSNews was invited for supper by Tom Duggan and his family in Damascus. Mike and Tom setup cameras for an informal chat on the balcony.
There’s no reason to take Western powers’ ‘motives’ in Syria at face value. ALISON BANVILLE reports from Damascus