COMMENT: Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This – Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

Most of you will have seen this by now but just in case you haven’t I reproduced below an article I wrote for the Huffington Post yesterday. To read it in full click here. Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This – Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women Another week and another… Read More COMMENT: Be More British, Speak More English, Dress Like This – Another Normal Week for British Muslim Women

Event: ‘Europe & Islam: Whose Identity Crisis?’

As part of the British Council’s ‘Our Shared Europe’ project, I have been invited to participate in a debate at the European Parliament on the 19th November 2009 entitled, ‘Europe & Islam: whose identity crisis?’. If anybody would like to attend the debate, then please contact osedebate@britishcouncil.be before the 11th November. Full details of the… Read More Event: ‘Europe & Islam: Whose Identity Crisis?’

Bruce and Anton: Strictly Don’t Use the ‘P Word’

(Please note, this article contains words and phrases that some might find offensive) The BBC website is reporting that Bruce Forsyth has said that people should have a “sense of humour” about the Strictly Come Dancing race row involving professional dancer Anton Du Beke who admitted calling his show partner, actress Laila Rouass, a “Paki”.… Read More Bruce and Anton: Strictly Don’t Use the ‘P Word’

“The colour of disadvantage isn’t black or brown: it is white…”

Trevor Phillips, the Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, has warned that it is time to recognise that whilst disadvantage in the UK has historically meant that black and ethnic minority (BME) groups and women have been the worst hit, in some parts of the country it is now the white working classes… Read More “The colour of disadvantage isn’t black or brown: it is white…”

Swearing: It’s part of my identity, my culture – or so says Joe !!!

Anyone who knows me reasonably well will know that I like to swear. In fact, I have been known to describe the word ‘fuck’ as the best word in the English language given that it is immediately recognisable and can be used across a multitude of scenarios to emphasis and intensify meaning or merely provide… Read More Swearing: It’s part of my identity, my culture – or so says Joe !!!