City Strategy

From the ‘end of the world’ to its ‘friendliest city’…

Ushuaia at ‘the end of the world’ and Puerto Vallarta striving to be ‘the world’s friendliest city’ show that even in the most challenging of circumstances places can offer positive global and local visions. As Brexit and its advocates destroy the country formerly known as UK (FKaUK) ambitious, progressive places need to apply and adopt some of the magic from Latin America to shape a better world and their place within it…

2021 has to give new meaning to the being 'sent to Coventry' idiom

Culture in the age of intolerance – the Coventry challenge

As someone who has spent a lot of time in and around Coventry in the last few years, I can sincerely congratulate the city on becoming Government’s designated ‘UK City of Culture 2021’. I can also predict with absolute confidence that the city will make a success of the title. However, coming in the immediate …

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Much more than a fairytale – an appreciation of Leicester City (and Spurs)…

Many congratulations to Leicester City on winning the 2015/16 Premiership with two games to spare. As a lifelong Spurs fan, I am proud that the youngest team in the Premiership kept the contest alive until Match 36 (of 38), and that we may finish with the best goal difference in the league. Leicester’s success – …

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Learning to love the Europa League (and its metaphor for England’s cities)

As a lifelong Spurs fan, two of my signature memories are our UEFA Cup Final victories over Wolves and Anderlecht in the 1970s and 1980s. I retain an affection for that competition’s successor –  the Europa League. It has too long been treated as the ‘runt’ of EU competitions, compared to the self-perpetuating cabal who …

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Voting for Scottish independence – the search for charity and redemption in a post-modernist world…

This blog has alluded several times, over the past eighteen month, to my nightmare of a ‘yes’ vote in Scotland’s independence referendum. This leads to  a little-Englander (rest of) UK government post-2015, taking us out of Europe, into an interminable xenophobic, insular, intolerant hell. I have struggled with trying to find any compelling rationale for …

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