15. Losing it

 This post is the fifteenth in a series which starts HERE. (August 1998) ‘Hey lady! You wanna make a fuck with me?’ I ignore the moronic young lad and his giggling friends and continue on my way in the sweltering heat. My bump is heavy and I feel weary to the bone. Samir is in prison, I’m managing…

Starbucks, Saudi and Segregation

The internet is alive with people criticising Starbucks for complying with laws in Saudi Arabia to provide a ‘gender wall.’ They temporarily banned women from entering while the wall was constructed. Imagine if it was a ‘race wall’ segregating blacks from white! I will never buy coffee from Starbucks again! etc http://nytlive.nytimes.com/womenintheworld/2016/02/09/saudi-starbucks-open-to-women-again-with-gender-wall/ But why is Saudi…

Islam and Equality

I know a beautiful young woman; I first met her when she was five. She was a feisty little girl, quite frowny but clever and fierce, and had a mop of tight curls. She shrieked when her mother brushed her hair. I was very taken with her and she used to hold my hand and…