Saturday, 10 March 2018

IWD: most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps…

For IWD we were asked at work to tell the story of one of the inspiring women in our lives. This is what I wrote.
This is Antonietta de Gregorio is my Italian Grandmother (Nonna).

She was a strong, principled, passionate, generous, stubborn and fiercely loyal woman who provided love and strength to her family. She took absolutely no shit from anyone. I adored her.
Nonna was born into abject poverty in the South of Italy in 1915. Real poverty. I don’t think people who go there for their holidays realise how poor that generation actually were.
She brought up kids while her husband was away fighting in WW2, she suffered at the hands of Mussolini, the Nazis, and then liberating armies. Which made her decide she wanted a better life. It was her energy and her strength that galvanized Nonno to leave the South and come to England to find work. She was left on her own with three kids before he called for her. She moved the family from Naples to London and onto Somerset on her own. I loved hearing her tell that story.
She arrived with little money and unable to speak any English.
She worked and she fought. She created a loving home. She provided for us all and she made it clear what was right and what was wrong.
She was the first woman who made it clear to me that Margaret Thatcher was evil. I thank her for that.
It’s only now she’s gone that I realise how important she was in defining me, my values and my politics. No one one else comes close.
I’m not religious but I know she’s with me everyday.
Originally published here.

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Man's not hot. How the internet works.

I laughed so hard when I first saw this clip online.

This is the story of how the internet works.

If you want something to go viral. First of all you need to shut up. Then watch this. Then shut up.

That track in all it's glory.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Wow. What a fabulous PPB from Labour!

Whatever your politics. This will move you.

I can't remember seeing a Labour PPB of such high quality.

A tear in my eye when the Mum talks about her boy...

More fundraising films need to be this good.

What do you think?

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Another crush...

I have a huge work crush on the ACLU.

What I love about them the most is that they were ready for Trump.

They did their research. They knew the threat. And as soon as he started his bullshit they were ready. And they came out all guns blazing to fight him on every level.

They are not a single issue organisation.

They are clear about who they are. 

They speak with a consistent voice.

And they win.

They should be an inspiration to us all.