Here’s to you dancing to the song playing on the radio Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

Because that’s what writing should be. A very personal way of leaving a part of us behind in this world. Similar to how a fox’s footprints on the snow tell us the morning after of the animal’s presence in our garden the night before. We might not even notice the snow, were it not for our vulpine friend’s nocturnal visit.

This is one of…

Taking ownership of your learning is the only way to enjoy the challenge

Not a lamp, but a sky-tickling, Victorian-era, rusty stinkpipe (photo by author)

Week Monday 5th July — Friday 9th July

It takes time for our young charges to adopt our language, let alone our practices, but it’s ever so interesting to see the intention there, on their anxious-looking faces. Many of these kids have been cycling for years, and yet, the concepts we introduce, the techniques we discuss and the tips we give them, carry a magic that spellbinds them. …

Growth can not be magicked out of thin air. It needs to be worked on

A new relationship is an opportunity to explore the long, unknown road ahead (photo by author)

Saturday 28th September-Saturday 5th October 2019

We’re constantly straddling these two positions: individuality vs collective, or individuality OR collective. It shouldn’t surprise us, then, that we bring these elements into our relationships. …

A paradise for street food lovers in the heart of east London

The street food market at closing time (photo by the author)

However, when I’m in the mood to savour London’s international culinary offerings my favourite destination is Brick Lane’s Upmarket, in…

In north London, I find a road with its own inferiority complex

Looks like a major road, feels like a major, even smells like a major road, but it’s only a minor road. (photo by the author)

Week Monday 28th June — Friday 2nd July

When I explain to trainees that the primary position, i.e., riding in the middle of their lane, away from parked car doors, is one of the ways to keep safe and visible, they look at me as if I’m crazy. …

The events of 11th July are not a one-off. They’re just the beginning.

Photo taken from The Yucatan Times website

Heaven knows what the bête noire of the Cuban government would have made of the current situation on the island. Perhaps, given his propensity for all things excremental, he would have made a comment along the lines of: “a party that dumps crap on people can only expect the crap to reach it one day. …

Are we sanitising our children’s futures too much?

Red for the wound, white for the bandage, but still a place for gossip and banter (photo by the author)

Week Monday 21st June — Friday 25th June

I’m of the opinion that our risk-averse society has gone a bit too far in dealing with how the younger generation uses the outdoors. In many schools…

Can a T-junction be a metaphor for life?

Grade I listed 16th century manor house, Bruce Castle, hides behind the shrubbery and trees (photo by the author)

Week Monday 14th June — Friday 18th June

Our voice demands to be heard. Our words demand to be read.

My buddies, joined at the hip (photo by the author)

I began to think in English long before I mastered, I won’t say the style (I haven’t done that yet), but the mere uttered speech… Is it thinkable that anybody possessed of some effective inspiration should contemplate for a moment such a frantic thing as translating it into another tongue?

No. That’s the short answer to Conrad’s question. Leaving aside the controversy surrounding his famous novella, Heart of Darkness (Chinua Achebe’s 1975 public lecture An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is a good starting point), what should…

Are children the only future we have? Aren’t we all (young and old) the future, too?

A piece of London history: Lordship Rec model traffic area (photo by the author)

Seen at a primary school: “Children are the only future the human race has. Teach them well”.

I’ve no problem with trusting the younger generation to guide us in the right direction. But I do think that by focusing solely on them, we end up ignoring those like me in their mature years. Thus, we create a two-tier system. Children, teenagers and young adults sit at one end, all future-ready, whereas middle-aged and elderly people occupy the other, past their prime and with no future to look forward to. The much-needed cross-generational overlap doesn’t happen or it happens rarely. …

Mario López-Goicoechea

London-based, Cuban writer. Author of “Cuban, Immigrant, and Londoner”, to be published by Austin Macauley. Has written for The Guardian and Prospect.

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