Can everyone carry the water to Ed Husain’s burning ‘house of Islam’?

by Rashmee

Posted on January 11, 2015


“The house of Islam is on fire. The water needs to be carried by everybody, …

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European Muslims need political representation, so says Michel Houellebecq

by Rashmee

Posted on January 10, 2015


Michel Houellebecq (pronounced ‘wellbeck’) should be read – and praised or condemned only after that …

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Read this if you want to know just how new it is to have a big fat wedding

by Rashmee

Posted on January 1, 2015


The way people get married is not what it used to be. Wait, this blog …

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Jihadist groups are the new Mafia in their use of the wages of crime

by Rashmee

Posted on December 15, 2014


The BBC is running a big study on jihad – its toll, its cost and …

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Kate Middleton isn’t a Disney princess but she has great perks anyway

by Rashmee

Posted on December 9, 2014


If Kate Middleton were a Disney princess … writes Belinda Luscombe in TIME, there would …

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In 1900, Britain and the Netherlands had as little forest cover as Haiti

by Rashmee

Posted on December 8, 2014


Europe’s forests have grown by a third over the last 100 years. It’s a greener …

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McDonalds UK @ 40: The vigorous old age of youth as it grows and grows

by Rashmee

Posted on November 14, 2014


Yesterday was McDonalds’ UK’s 40th birthday. In Woolwich, just down the road from where …

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Cookbooks are not for cooking. They’re for dreaming & Xmas presents

by Rashmee

Posted on November 11, 2014


So a cookbook’s not for cooking? They’re for Christmas presents. Somewhat surprisingly, Tim Hayward agrees. …

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Why the BBC World Service is the best news story in our turning world

by Rashmee

Posted on November 6, 2014


Partisan or not, every rational consumer of news must agree with The Guardian’s passionately argued …

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Manglish. Hinglish. Singlish. Ninglish. In praise of English Language Day

by Rashmee

Posted on October 24, 2014


It’s fair to say that the UK’s English Language Day, eleven days ago now (October …

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK