Author Archives: Peter Banham

“I Love to See…

“I Love to See…

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

– Maya Angelou, American Writer and Activist (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou was one of America’s most influential and insightful writers. She managed to capture the experience of a young woman growing up in the 20th century, in particular a young, black woman who was inspired by the leading figures of the Civil Rights Movement; Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. Through her writings, her poems and her autobiographies she became an internationally renowned spokesperson for both women and the African-American community.

The Black Woman in America

The Black Woman in America

“You’ll never recreate her no, hell no” – Beyonce, Don’t Hurt Yourself 13 minutes into Lemonade, Beyonce’s visual accompaniment to her album of black, female empowerment, the voice of Malcolm X is projected over a montage of black American women. He declares that: “The most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most… Continue Reading

Woman at Point Zero – June, 2016

Woman at Point Zero – June, 2016

Woman at Point Zero // Nawal el Saadawi Nawal el Saadawi is a formidable woman to read about. In the 1950’s she graduated as a medical doctor, challenging the patriarchal and sexist society that characterised the Middle East throughout the last two centuries. From there she became a vocal critic of the repression of women’s… Continue Reading

We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists

We Should All Be Feminists // Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie TedxEuston // 2013 The writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has become of the fresh new voices breathing life into the feminist agenda. I first discovered her as a novelist, writing compelling and utterly gripping books using the Nigerian middle classes as her inspiration. However, with the TEDx… Continue Reading

Are the BRICS Crumbling?

Are the BRICS Crumbling?

The BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) are five of the world’s leading economies; a bloc of developing nations that famously grouped together to help develop their respective economic power. However, the last year has seen huge political and economic upheaval within the BRICS and this uncertainty threatens their position as global economic… Continue Reading

“Our doubts are traitors…

“Our doubts are traitors…

“Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by fearing to attempt.” – William Shakespeare, (British Playwright, Poet & Literary Icon, 1564-1616) To celebrate 400 years of Shakespeare and his impact of British and global culture I have chosen one of his inspirational (but maybe less well-known quotes) on… Continue Reading

Book of the Month: March, 2016 – Apostle

Book of the Month: March, 2016 – Apostle

Apostle – Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve // Tom Bissell Apostle [uh–pos–uh l]  “any of the original 12 disciples called by Jesus to preach the gospel: Simon Peter, the brothers James and John, Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot, Judas Iscariot”.  The history of Christianity is peppered with claims,… Continue Reading

“Someday, somewhere – anywhere…

“Someday, somewhere – anywhere…

“Someday, somewhere – anywhere, unfailingly, you’ll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.” Pablo Neruda, (Chilean Writer, Poet and Politician, 1904-1973) In a world of false smiles and grandiose statements the reality is that we are seeking an authenticity in the way we behave, the… Continue Reading

Saudi’s National Identity

Saudi’s National Identity

“I’m telling you, you can’t compare Saudi Arabia to other countries” – Al-Waleed bin Talal The ‘Modern’ Saudi Saudi Arabia has spent much of the 20th and 21st century asserting a unique form of national identity within the Middle East; one that argues that it is the leader of global Islam and, as such, the spiritual and… Continue Reading

The Trial of Donald Trump

The Trial of Donald Trump

Donald Trump: Political Firebrand In 2001 author, journalist Christopher Hitchens published a book called The Trial of Henry Kissinger. In this text Hitchens played the role of prosecutor and examined the alleged war crimes of US Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger. American politics is often seen as the playground of controversial figures. It is said that you… Continue Reading

“We can be Heroes…

“We can be Heroes…

“We can be Heroes, just for one day…” – David Bowie (British Pop Icon, 1947-2016) David Bowie was an iconic cultural figure who changed the music industry and influence a million people worldwide. Nothing quite captures his approach to life or the impact of his music quite like this line from Bowie’s famous song, Heroes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgcc5V9Hu3g Continue Reading

Book of the Year: 2015

Book of the Year: 2015

Book of the Year Winner: SPQR by Mary Beard The best history books do one of two things. They either capture the period, event, person or idea that they have set out to detail or they become a grand body of work that opens up the mysteries of the past and help to explain our present.… Continue Reading