Sarah Irving

I do things with words, mainly English and Arabic

On suicide, depression and euthanasia

When the actor Robin Williams died recently – more specifically, killed himself – there was the usual outpouring of comments about suicide and the wider issue of depression. As ever, … Continue reading

September 6, 2014 · 4 Comments

Why I’m not getting a smartphone (for as long as possible)

One of the few irritations of an absolutely amazing two years on Edinburgh University’s Arab World Studies MSc has been the background pressure to get a smartphone. Or an iPad. … Continue reading

September 3, 2013 · 8 Comments

Rant warning: on capitalism, the Western media and different types of explosions

It is a commonplace which has, in a few days, spread from the leftist Twittersphere to the liberal media (hell, even Owen Jones is doing articles on it now) to … Continue reading

April 22, 2013 · 4 Comments

Ditching Amazon

Inspired by a recent feature from my old employers, Ethical Consumer magazine, I’ve finally taken down my Amazon affiliate links from this site. I should have done it years ago, … Continue reading

November 2, 2012 · 1 Comment

Trafford Centre greenwash

I was recently sent the event advertisement below with the request that it be publicised via a community group website I run. However, as it’s such a shameless attempt at … Continue reading

May 23, 2011 · 2 Comments

All for a good cause?

Over the years, my friends and I have dressed up as some pretty bizarre things – angels, nudes, corpses, squirrels, cows – to protest against or raise awareness of issues … Continue reading

April 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Electricity prices keep rocketing – or do they?

Interesting letter from yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald. Fuel prices are as much a hot topic in Aus as in the UK, although I guess here a certain amount goes on … Continue reading

April 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: New ban creates uncertainty for Palestinians working in Israeli Settlements

The WIP, 4th February 2011 The past few weeks have brought confusion and uncertainty for many of the estimated 40-50,000 West Bank Palestinians who work in illegal Israeli settlements. Are … Continue reading

February 5, 2011 · 1 Comment

John Lewis ditches settlement cosmetics

Excellent BDS news: British retailer John Lewis has announced that it will no longer be stocking Ahava Dead Sea products. For the news announcement, see the Independent Middle East Media … Continue reading

January 15, 2011 · 4 Comments

Eating local in Adelaide

OK, so I’m homesick and missing my girlfriends and my cats, but there are upsides to life in sunny (very, today, stupidly hot) Adelaide. One of them is the food … Continue reading

January 6, 2011 · Leave a comment

New article: Why one should linger in Sebastia

Green Prophet, 4th Janury 2011: The little town of Sebastia, near Nablus in the northern West Bank, was one a major city. Home to successive civilisations from its Canaanite founders … Continue reading

January 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

When 'co-operatives' aren't so great

You could say I’ve done a lot of my growing up in the co-operative movement. I joined my first worker co-operative (Ethical Consumer magazine) at 23. I’ve worked for Manchester-based … Continue reading

December 17, 2010 · Leave a comment

'Swishing' and stitching

A while ago, I wrote about the commercialisation and appropriation of clothes swaps parties, from homegrown opportunities for women to get together and use non-commercial ways to renew their wardrobes … Continue reading

November 4, 2010 · Leave a comment

'Cool! Andrew Bolt has slagged you off before you even get to Australia!'

…Sez husband, as we box up the contents of the house in preparation for a year Down Under… I wouldn’t have known Andrew Bolt from a hole in the ground … Continue reading

September 17, 2010 · 3 Comments