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Melissa Shales

The Real Project Hope – EU Remain

Boris Johnson was talking wildly about Project Hope. I see little hope in Brexit and I am fed up to the eyeteeth in doom, gloom, prophecies of disaster and misinformation. I am however very hopeful about the possibilities for remaining in Ethe EU, however flawed it may be.

Flight of uneven stone steps and castle ruins

Giving in to a Walking Stick

I was at the top of Kantara Castle in Northern Cyprus when I finally realized that it was time to bow to the inevitable… It had been worth every one of the several hundred rocky uneven steps to get up there, but now I had to get down. There were no rails, virtually no handholds, my knees were buckling and stabbing with a thousand arthritic needles… I had to start using a walking stick.

Scotland referendum – the morning after

…as the new flag of Zimbabwe was raised, the country of my childhood ceased to be. It was erased forever from the map… I felt as if my last support had been knocked from underneath me. My head kept telling me it was a stupid reaction but something in the pit of my stomach mourned for that sense of belonging. I felt rootless.

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