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Members of Baader-Meinhof terrorist group: Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin (Photo: Getty)

I can understand those seduced by Isis; once, it could have been me

25 July 2015

One of the great moments of my student life was opening the door and seeing visitors step back, shocked. I’d shaved my hair off to an eighth of an inch.… Read more


Shame, sex, violence and race in 1980s London – and today

9 May 2015

I was riveted to read about Ione Wells, an Oxford student, aged 20, who was savagely attacked on a London street. She then wrote about the experience for her university… Read more


My wood-burning stove is expensive, trendy – and miserable

28 February 2015

One of my earliest memories is seeing my father in the early morning raking out the ashes of our coal fire. I was interested in the blue veins around his… Read more


Under this government, our prison system is falling apart

7 February 2015

It used to be sewing mail bags, picking oakum and working the treadmill, now the government has come up with a wheeze to get convicts busy with sandbags, fence posts… Read more


Is the way our hospitals treat old people down to underfunding – or organised neglect?

8 November 2014

I am leaving London soon, coming to the end of my time as a voluntary hospital visitor working from a chaplaincy in a London teaching hospital. I have been roaming… Read more

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The nun who took down an Isis flag – and stands up for east London's Muslims

30 August 2014

Not so long ago disaffected youngsters would take to a life of crime and hard drugs, a trajectory which would often kill them. These days, some young men from our… Read more


In our hard-pressed NHS, must sympathy be rationed too?

2 August 2014

Sometimes I have a quiet time as a voluntary hospital visitor. But recently I’ve witnessed a lot of distress from people of all ages and types. The other week I… Read more

Children At Auschwitz

When a survivor of Auschwitz asks for your story, what do you say?

8 March 2014

My aim as a hospital visitor is to cheer, befriend, have a chat, do something to disrupt the bleak monotony of the modern hospital day. Some patients talk amiably while… Read more


A dying estate agent helped me see the light

4 January 2014

I recently decided to move house. It started with a resentful yearning to own two bedrooms, but I quickly discovered that to afford a spare room, I must leave my… Read more


Hospital food isn’t a joke. It’s a scandal

7 September 2013

One of the patients I see regularly as a voluntary hospital visitor, who has been in hospital for weeks, seems to be getting better. Still skeletally thin, he is now… Read more

65th Anniversary On The NHS

These days, even a good NHS hospital can be a frightening place

20 July 2013

Let’s not pretend that it’s just those hospital trusts investigated, or put on ‘special measures’ by Jeremy Hunt that are the problem. On my weekly trot around the wards of… Read more

An elderly woman takes a walk near the A

It's time to admit it: the NHS is unable to look after our elderly

18 May 2013

I decided to become a hospital visitor last year, after being a patient and finding myself in something more like a factory than an old-fashioned ward. A terror of infection… Read more

Searching for Stan

6 November 2004

I feel like Job. Everything of significance is being stripped from me. In August my flat in west London was badly flooded; on 25 September I lost my job; on… Read more