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Freelance Journo BBC,Visiting Prof Kingston Uni.Spiritual Berliner,ex-LosAngeleno,movie connoisseur,especially Westerns&SF.Writes on culture/politics/religion

Malala, Muslim women and “misery” memoirs — I was reading memoirs and novels by the authors taking part in Thursday's Asia House panel discussion about women, freedom and the Islamic world, when the multimillion pound book deal of Malala Yousafzai was announced. What does the apparent popularity in the West of Muslim women's misery memoirs and fiction reveal?

Outrage is cheap: Challenging politicians about Rotherham, race & misogyny — Cafe board in the Imperial Buildings, Rotherham Spotted while filming on location I suppose it's good to still get agitated about stories I cover.

Widespread sexual abuse in Rotherham has caused outrage - but little action — If political outrage were currency, Rotherham would be overflowing with cash, action and initiatives to help the survivors. But as I found when I went to make a BBC film about the role of "political correctness" in the child sex-abuse scandal there, it's not.

Beating time: The secret musical life of metronomes, prison camps & airport lounges — Something Understood preview: Beating Time from Samira Ahmed on Vimeo. For this week's Something Understood producer Natalie Steed and I explored the idea of beating time. There's the piano I still keep by the front door, just where my mother used to place it, to use up spare time waiting for deliveries or visitors or to work off some stress.

Something Understood preview: Beating Time — Something Understood on BBC Radio 4 Sunday October 5th 6am and 1130pm and i player after

Electric cars, the tinned sardine aquarium & the stink of Hearst Castle - an eco-trip through John Steinbeck’s California — A giant eye in an inky mass rose up of the water and beheld me. It was a humpback whale calf surfacing unexpectedly close to the prow of the boat where I stood. It was just a moment before it plunged again; but long enough for me to gasp out loud.

Samira Ahmed: In California the tide is turning — A giant eye in an inky mass rose up off the water and beheld me. It was a humpback whale calf surfacing unexpectedly close to the prow of the boat where I stood. It was just a moment before it plunged again; but long enough for me to gasp out loud.

On The Road with Buddha: The Prince Who Walked Out of His Fairy Tale — What happens when a prince walks away from his kingdom? I love the symbolism and and dream like metaphors of fairy stories. So a "real life" one is all the more intriguing. I'd been fascinated with the story of Siddartha, the prince who became the Buddha.

We shouldn’t turn a blind eye to race over the Rotherham abuse scandal — I read the Jay report into child exploitation in Rotherham from cover to cover. As I did, I remembered my own experience as a Channel 4 News reporter in Bradford after the 2001 Manningham riots.

Richard Dawkins & the humanist’s dilemma: When faced with Islamic State does “moderate” religious discrimination really matter? — The trouble with believers.. And twitter. Interviewing Richard Dawkins at the World Humanist Congress 2014. Photo courtesy of British Humanist Association This piece first appeared in The Big Issue magazine - journalism worth paying for. Available from street vendors UK wide or subscription. Blackwell's bookshop in Oxford has 3 and a half miles of books.
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Oct 22, 2014

RT @TashJoeZA: Hardcore. Chilling. @concierge_ryan: Jesus... RT: She Tweeted Against the Mexican Cartels. They Tweeted Her Murder."

Oct 22, 2014

Statues of famous old girls: the ruins of the house of the Vestal Virgins.

Oct 22, 2014

Forum house of the Vestal Virgins.They served 30yrs at centre of power.Wonder what postdischarge career options were?

Oct 22, 2014

Assuming The Sistine Chapel to be Space Mountain, The Vatican museum is the best Disney queuing experience EVER.

Oct 22, 2014

@0tralala he's got great facial hair though. And that HAS been historically fact checked by me in the Capitol Museum.

Oct 22, 2014

RT @arthurascii: Mr Bacon? Could you do one of your Popes for the Vatican? But could you make him a little

Oct 22, 2014

Left genuinely shaken by the high tech of slaughter: Pulleys & counterweights to operate the Colosseum's arena lifts.

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