San Martin

This is a piece of writing from around 7 years ago after our family trip to Argentina and I fell in love with the mountains that we trekked in for a couple of days. Sweat clouds my vision as the sun dazzles the parched ground. The green canopy is alive with festoons of squawking, gibbering…

The ethics behind banning the burqa

Joseph Raz’s article “Autonomy, toleration and the harm principle” is primarily concerned with the relationship between autonomy and toleration and to what extent the government can intervene in a perfectionist manner. This relates to the issue of the burqa because one contentious issue in the debate is whether the government should dictate what its people…

A sad day for Paris and religion

I was planning to go out to the student union after finishing an essay deadline but my eye was caught on the BBC website of some breaking news: explosions heard in central Paris. I was stuck to my laptop screen for the next 4 hours, watching in disbelief as the horrors unfolded in front of…

Post-Sherborne Reflection

My time at Sherborne School  came to a close in July after an incredibly emotional leavers’ ball and I thought I’d write a little postscript about my five years there, what I’ve learned about people, communities, teachers, friends and bullies. In new and difficult environments, boys do much to clamber to the top: My first…

Venice

A piece of writing from October 2010 Venice seemed to hold a certain joy for me, one that I could only understand when I would place myself outside a sunlit café on a deckchair and recline with a glass of crushed ice and Sicilian lemonade by my side and I would watch the boats drift…