[5th November 2015]
Kerfuffle: A commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views:there was a kerfuffle over the chairmanship Origin: Early 19th century: perhaps from Scots curfuffle(probably from Scottish Gaelic car 'twist, bend' + imitative Scots fuffle 'to disorder'), or related to Irish cior thual 'confusion, disorder'. Last night, Captain Glenn (known ...[20th October 2015]
Here is the piece I wrote for the Guardian on how social media and celebrity have helped and can help sanitation. An important aside: I didn't write the headline ("How A-listers have saved sanitation). I don't think A-listers have saved sanitation. I think decades ...[9th October 2015]
Mosaic has turned my piece on cholera in Haiti into a podcast. If you're a runner, there's about four miles' worth.[6th October 2015]
What a head-spinning few weeks, in all sorts of ways. How many ways? Three. One: Sanitation. Last week I flew to New York to attend the Global Citizen Festival. I knew about Global Citizen from last year, when their concert and celebrity conscience-raising focused on sanitation. Narendra Modi ...[30th July 2015]
Yesterday I wrote this piece on Cecil the lion, and my refusal to empathise with the inexplicable, for the Guardian. This is how it came about, in case you're wondering how commissioning sometimes works. Kath Viner, the Guardian's editor, tweeted a piece about Walter ...[14th July 2015]
I am called "honest" and "frank" and "plain-speaking," quite frequently. I take all those as compliments and I try to live up to them. I don't think it's a big deal to talk about shitting, or women who are assaulted because they don't have a ...[12th July 2015]
Today was harder. As it's Sea Sunday. I tried to keep up a water theme. Same rules: tell me three things, and I will write you a short story as fast as I can. Three people didn't return to pick them up, so they're going ...