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Hubert Cecil shares some reflections from his walk across France in aid of Cancer Research and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Poem: A Pilgrim’s Progress

Hubert Cecil

Hate the town in the tube,

eat roots in Pret,

step grimy feet in Chelsea,

rattle your vegan tambourine,

shut your mandala blinds.


Dealing wisdom for pounds

and you're angry.

Who ruined you?

Holy anger.


Exhuming the mound,

digging up, muddying profound

holy brown men,

the sweet elusive tap-root

of Eastern trends

(canonised in pamphlet),

chewing soil or gritty grains.


On smoggy days,

you learn to drown,

such strange minutes with

holy anger:


On pavements your breath

animates lights and traffic,

the ego lapses, laps like a tide;

reality congeals,

the buses sigh.


Alleyway moksha,

came and went,

the city is soulless,

who's right, my friend?






Annie Tobin



  Kabir was a 15th century Bhakti saint famous for his critique of organised religion and its hypocrisies.



By  Mohammed Zaahidur Rahman


: Mohammed Zaahidur Rahman is a Social Anthropology Undergraduate at SOAS University of London. He is from East London, is a fan of Flying Lotus and has an irrational phobia of crisps.



Mohammed Zaahidur Rahman

Kabir1 in the City

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Grace Fforde urges us to invoke the warrior goddess of Kali Ma, to reclaim the dimensions of our power and stand up against climate change apathy.

The Goddess Kali. How far would you go?

Grace Fforde



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