Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.
Paulo Freire
I can happily exist in my contradictions, but must hope that it is never misconstrued as hypocrisy.

This is well worth a watch/listen, a really cool band called Sound of Rum…

Just as the garden is at the door so the world is outside, and it’s in the world that we have to live.

What Can I Say To You?

What Can I Say To You? by The Ordinary Allstars

I’m incredibly sad at both the news and the responses to it over the last 24 hours. May I find the compassion for others that I hope they would find for me. I think it’s perfectly possible to be shocked and angered by an act of terrorism & mass murder, and also saddened by the death of a talented young individual who battled with demons.  
This reminded me of a song that I wrote called ‘What Can I Say To You?’. The most pointed line in it for me today is this: ‘Like compassion, it’s no weakness. Like kindness, one of my design features. You can hold it against me if you need to. You think you’re strong? Well, I don’t believe you.’ Peace. (Full lyrics below)

What Can I Say To You?

I’m on mission now, even more than before. 
Stick up my paws to four corners and all shores. 
Cause a roar, I know what’s important, 
Tight with the flow, but the floor fill to chorus. 
Filter through, switch the order, 
First I was character, now I’m the author. 
I may’ve faltered, but now I’m going forward, 
Hustle not the grind that’ll get my HeadQuarters. 
I’m border crossing, only stopping 
Where I find where I want to be, then you can drop in. 
Clocking people, places and faces. 
Vibe’s override, honesty, I rate this. 
Like compassion, it’s no weakness, 
Like kindness, one of my design features.
You can hold it against me if you need to,
Think you’re strong? Well, I don’t believe you.


I don’t know what I can say to you, 
I’ve been there and stuck around the way for you. 
But things not the same in the game, 
Now, gone are the rules, feeling normal is strange. 
And, I don’t know what I can say to you, 
Sun comes down, brings another day for you. 
I sing, for what I can’t change, 
Call it the breaks, to them I’m no stranger.


I wonder how it could have been. 
A turn here or there, you’d live another dream. 
No secret though, you got to leave it. 
Gonna get burnt, you’re reaching for the phoenix. 
Believe this is all politics, 
I tried, I never lost the message in the mix. 
It’s in the name, you ask why Hasta? 
It’s kinda like Zapata, when he’s saying ya basta… 
Forever until, that’s how I operate. 
Keep the crew close, cool, we cooperate. 
Relate, cos we share the same fate. 
See, we valued now, and going up are the rates. 
Masters of all trades, jack of none, 
Take what’s ours, but then fools turn their back and run. 
A sum of all constituent parts, 
Some just temp but this one’s gonna last.

I don’t know what I can say to you, 
I’ve been there and stuck around the way for you. 
But things not the same in the game, 
Now, gone are the rules, feeling normal is strange. 
And, I don’t know what I can say to you, 
Sun comes down, brings another day for you. 
I sing, for what I can’t change, 
Call it the breaks, to them I’m no stranger.


It’s more than trouble that I’m getting in,
Gonna bang on all doors until they let us in. 
Used to think that only force settle things, 
But age and music chilled me like my medicine. 
Independent, I’ve presented 
Alternatives for living, I don’t need to defend it. 
Maybe resented in purist senses, 
But I’m in no doubt that I’ve represented. 
For my people, until the ending.  
Need support? Then you know that I’ll lend it. 
And that’s real, not prone to pretending, 
I made up my mind, to leave my judgements pending. 
Broken but mended, get back strong. 
I don’t really want to see you gone that long. 
But I’ll use what I’m given as a platform 
Positive from negative, the balance of  this rap song.


I don’t know what I can say to you, 
I’ve been there and stuck around the way for you. 
But things not the same in the game, 
Now, gone are the rules, feeling normal is strange. 
And, I don’t know what I can say to you, 
Sun comes down, brings another day for you. 
I sing, for what I can’t change, 
Call it the breaks, to them I’m no stranger.

The Edge… there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
Hunter S Thompson
Back down in Leith, no sunshine this time, but a beautiful sunset. (And a great night of setting the world to rights)

Back down in Leith, no sunshine this time, but a beautiful sunset. (And a great night of setting the world to rights)

Ask a question, and be pleased that you can wonder about the answer, don’t be frustrated that you may not know it.

D*Face fan? Skate fan? General fan of cool stuff? You’ll like this.

“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again” - Alexander McCall Smith. (I couldn’t agree more. Edinburgh will always have a significant portion of my heart)

“This is a city of shifting light, of changing skies, of sudden vistas. A city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again” - Alexander McCall Smith. (I couldn’t agree more. Edinburgh will always have a significant portion of my heart)