Friday, December 10th, 2010
I have been updating this website/blog hybrid and taking stock of the journey I have been on to get here. I was in Syria, studying Arabic the last time this site saw me. I am currently in East London, recuperating after a long, troubled week working for the strategic division of the ‘people’ part of NHS London; an outcome even I would not have predicted. But what a journey. I am not sure if this is part of growing up but I am learning so much, and the more I learn the more humility I realise I need.
But it is a pivotal day, I realised last night that really I need to be a contemporary writer, one that travels, that writes about the history of conflict and our national geography – two subjects that might seem poor bed fellows but which make me tick and infatuate me. This is a big departure from seeking out my doom in policy and trying to infiltrate the world of politics and policy in a bid to pull humankind up by our boot straps (yes I did assume I knew best, or at least was driven by the right things). So the light bulb is on, the question is where this will take me, or rather how far I can take this. I have a lot of pitfalls, not least toning my patronising tone, making myself less waffly and making my writing accessible rather than unnecessarily verbose (it will take some conserted effort). Watch this space.