Why does no one want to talk politics..?

It seems like no one wants to talk politics here. Okay, not no one, but, often, if I try to instigate a conversation that involves politics, or make a comment deploring the current rise of the right-wing across the Western world, people will proactively suggest “let’s not talk about politics”. When figuring out which topics appeal to my tutees, a reply that I have had on more than one occasion is “anything but politics”, as they crinkle their noses at this, a most dull and uninspiring subject. Continue reading “Why does no one want to talk politics..?”

Russia doesn’t believe in Halloween

Halloween. A traditional holiday based on pagan tradition, a harmless excuse for a good party or an insidious subculture of satanic worship that will brainwash our children?

Anyone who knows me will know how much I love Halloween. At this stage in my life, I’d say it is my favourite celebration. Memories of guising, parties, scary movie nights, ducking for apples, pumpkin carving and, of course, planning that perfect scary costume, fill me with excitement each year as the 31st October rolls around. Continue reading “Russia doesn’t believe in Halloween”