My dad’s visits became less and less frequent, and I thought no more of the shrub. Until last night. Drawing my attention to the now very-much-dead plant outside, my dad was upset and hurt that I had not... More

Google seems to believe that mission should involve travel, when it defines it as ‘An important assignment carried out for political, religious, or commercial purposes, typically involving travel’. Now... More

Well, you would think. Yet as news broke ahead of the announcement, the digital air was filled with dissenting voices. ‘It won’t work!’ ‘Who defines pornography?’ ‘Where will this censorship end?’ This... More

You might think this is an odd introduction. Is this some kind of weak metaphor for what mission looks like in the UK? Is it a hilarious anecdote so that this piece doesn’t start off with either a humble... More

It was this simple fact: I got an iPhone.Having survived for longer than any human should on phones with no internet, I felt I was due my portion of connectivity and technology. I'd served my time.If only... More

Russell Brand - capturer of hearts, master of language, bamboozeler of minds. If you haven’t seen his interview with Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight this week then you probably haven’t been on the internet.Watch... More

The easiest thing to do when watching EDL Girls: Don’t call me racist on BBC 3 last night would have been to laugh. Take 18 year-old Amanda: the girl who called a night at the pub with the EDL, ‘Literally…the... More

Let me give you two pictures of youth work from the world of architecture. The first is this; youth work as a buttress. A buttress is something that is built up around a structure to support it and hold... More