‘The Philippine Peace Agreement: Let’s Maintain Diligence’

philippinepeaceagreementMy op-ed on the current status of the peace deal between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front was published as a (front page!) feature on Open Democracy.

Full article:


Last year, the Philippine government struck a historic peace deal with the Islamist rebels. But the devil is in the details, which have yet to be agreed upon. Who will make sure they create a just and lasting peace, and how?

It has been about seven months since the signing of the peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF or ‘Islamic Front’), and while both sides continue to work through details, it is reassuring that peace has held. In the context of some personal insights on the People Power Revolution, and recent events in Malaysia, I hope to offer suggestions on how this peace agreement can reach its full potential…

The Metta Center

mettagandhiThe Metta Center, as part of its continuous development, has formed a Strategic Advisory Council (SAC), which they have invited me to be a member of.  Additionally, they have offered me a writing fellowship under the title ‘Liaison to Wisdom Traditions’.

About the SAC:


First publication as a Metta writing fellow:


Jon Cartwright Photography

jon_cartwrightJon Cartwright, trained philosopher and ITV-turned-freelance photographer, took these shots of my body art for a photo series documenting tattoos, the body, and personal meaning:


[13 November 2014]  Congratulations to Jon for being featured in this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize for his portrait of the late English actor, Roger Lloyd-Pack.  The exhibition runs until 22 February 2015 at the National Portrait Gallery.  Don’t miss it!


Borough Common Folk Carols

12112011-02-boroughcommonfolkcarolsThis year, I was given the honour to participate (accordion and backing vocals) in a British Folk Christmas album!

Have a listen here:


And if you are so inclined to purchase the tracks, all proceeds go to the Robes Project, a charity supporting the homeless in the UK:


Merry Christmas!

[7 December 2014] The annual Borough Common Folk Carols will be on Sunday, 14th December this year, and I will be playing the ol’ squeezebox again.  Free admission with a collection for the Robes Project.  All welcome!  Details here:


‘An Astrology (and Spiritualities) for the Modern’

campionpoThis past autumn, I had the pleasure of meeting esoteric religion historian, Nicholas Campion, at the BASR conference. In the wake of the conference, I was invited by the editors of the Religious Studies Project to write a response to their recent interview with him.

Campion interview:


My response:


‘[Theosophical astrology] is an astrology of modernity’, suggests Nick Campion in his interview with the Religious Studies Project.  However,  before even coming to this suggestion, David Robertson asked some very challenging, informed questions on the assumptions about astrology—particularly, if contemporary astrologers have ‘reinterpreted’ astrology in order to appeal to the cosmology of modernity.  This question is also relevant to many alternative, holistic, and ‘postmodern’ spiritualities, which I hope to focus on in this reflection…

‘Saturn’, The Service

saturnLast Autumn, exactly ten years after the creation and release of the original ‘Francesca‘, Rick and Chris of Mêlée fame were in London for three weeks to work on an electronic side-project, The Service, with renowned producer Starsmith. During their visit, many of our conversations revolved around our individual processes into life and adulthood. Naturally, I discussed the Saturn Return . . . which inspired them to produce this gem:


So we learn and we try
Set our bodies free from their crimes
Will it all come clear when Saturn’s in the sky?
For the rest of my life
Let the ice melt down from my eyes
’Cause it all looks clear when Saturn’s in the sky