This second Elizabethan age is just as uncertain as the first. How we respond is up to us

by Rashmee

Posted on July 28, 2020 / The Focus


Like William Shakespeare, we live in an age of great uncertainty, King’s College law professor Lorenzo Zucca recently reminded us. It is a timely point, well made. For the Bard of Avon, the uncertainty was created by several big and weighty imponderables. There was the question of who would succeed the ‘Virgin Queen’, Elizabeth. There … Continue reading “This second Elizabethan age is just as uncertain as the first. How we respond is up to us”

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India, extra-judicial murder, and the theatre of public cruelty

by Rashmee

Posted on December 7, 2019


What a twisted way to approach justice. I’m referring, of course, to the response by some people to news that Indian police have shot dead the four men accused of the brutal gang rape of a young vet in Hyderabad. It’s hard to imagine how people can say “justice has been done” when the circumstances of the … Continue reading “India, extra-judicial murder, and the theatre of public cruelty”

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In Tunisia, the Season of Love. And London’s Summer of Love continues into autumn

by Rashmee

Posted on September 1, 2017


Don’t know if you feel it, but love is in fashion. As a branding exercise for live events. In the past two months, I’ve been to two different sets of love-branded ‘products’ in two different countries. In London, the Summer of Love at Shakespeare’s Globe. I happened to see ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, which is … Continue reading “In Tunisia, the Season of Love. And London’s Summer of Love continues into autumn”

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Shakespearean England was a theatre of cruelty. For 21st century India to become one is deeply sad

by Rashmee

Posted on July 1, 2017


Someone should invite Neil MacGregor to Lynchistan, sorry, India. The former director of the British Museum tells a salutary story about public cruelty in the age of Shakespeare. The tale is greatly enhanced by his description of one of the objects he uses to illustrate the subject. It is the eyeball of a Catholic priest … Continue reading “Shakespearean England was a theatre of cruelty. For 21st century India to become one is deeply sad”

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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