Where do you find fulfillment? It’s a question I’ve found myself pondering in recent years. Before that, I never used to challenge my perception of where, and even how, I achieved fulfillment in life and believed that the stress and weariness my approach created was all part of a magic formula which, at some point, would justify the pursuit. What I came to realize was that it was worth challenging my beliefs and that doing less might be the better way to find what I’m searching for.

There’s an Ancient Greek word I think of as I write this —…


Many years back, when I was about 11 years old, I was playing football with friends (soccer if you’re reading in the States). It was a frenzied singles game where one goal took you through to the next round. The last person standing at the end of each round would be eliminated, and so on. I was hardly the best footballer, so I put my scoring first on this occasion down to sheer luck. …


How do you live with guilt and grief at the same time? What is it like trying to live with what feels like an inescapable burden that has tethered itself to your soul? How are you supposed to move on, if you see faults in your actions, and know that you can’t bring someone back? Questions familiar to anyone who has lost a loved one. Feeling guilt when processing grief is a common reaction, but it can’t be a solution.

I recently read Barack Obama’s memoir, A Promised Land. It’ll doubtless sell millions, and the political in-crowd will be pouring…


Like a debt you can never quite pay off, while you dream of a holiday you’ve long wanted to go on, it seems the gaze of yet another Leader of the Labour Party is being dragged, yanked, pulled, and every other movement made frustratingly and reluctantly, back to an unavoidable problem at home.

Keir Starmer has a considerable mess to clean up. He came into the job with a legacy of antisemitism to sort out and relations with Britain’s Jewish community to repair. Not letting Jeremy Corbyn back into the parliamentary party and triggering the rage of his supporters was…


Hubert Horatio Humphrey (1911–1978), is one of those political figures who features prominently in chronicles of American political history and who I have long admired but, before picking up this biography of him, was yet to read about in a book where he was the main subject. I was thrilled when I saw Arnold A. Offner, a historian who has written on foreign policy and the Cold War, had written a biography on the ‘Happy Warrior’, and couldn’t wait to get started on it.

Hubert Humphrey: The Conscience of the Country takes us from Humphrey’s beginnings in South Dakota and…


I read somewhere that it takes a rocket about 10 minutes to make the 62-mile journey from its launch to the boundary of Earth’s atmosphere and into orbit. That’s the fast part. If the rocket’s destination is the International Space Station (ISS), it’s also the easier part. The real difficulty is in trying to rendezvous with the ISS, which orbits Earth 250 miles above its atmosphere; it can take hours, sometimes days, to achieve. The science behind it all is too much for this politics graduate to decipher, so bear with me — the ISS is travelling at an insane…


I haven’t watched the video. I don’t think I can.

Since the footage emerged of George Floyd dying at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, protests have erupted in cities across America. Some have seen violence reminiscent of the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Protestors outside the White House in Washington DC were met with teargas and batons. The tinderbox has been fully ignited. There hasn’t been a civil disturbance like this, in multiple cities, since the late 1960s. In London thousands turned out to protest in support of Black Lives Matter. People have gone onto the streets and made…

Colton Richards

Finding my voice.

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