This year, lets honour the people who risked everything to prevent war breaking out in the first place: Civil Servants.
Yesterday was the hundredth anniversary of the very first ceremony of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in London, and while we have long since lost all direct connection to the Great War, we still need to take the time to stop and think about what we’ve learned, and failed to learn, from one of the most … Continue Reading
I was honoured to be invited back to the Scottish Government’s Remembrance Day at St. Andrew’s House last week. Last year, I became the first humanist ever to be invited to speak at an official government event, which was a pretty big deal: as I said in this article in The Herald, “it seems fitting that … Continue Reading
Today I want to talk about the forgotten language of flowers. My memory is terrible these days and that’s strangely appropriate. It wasn’t until I began writing this speech that I remembered that for thousands of years, the poppy wasn’t ‘the flower of remembrance’ but ‘the flower of forgetfulness’: our earliest ancestors ate its seeds to … Continue Reading
I wrote this poem for the 99th anniversary of Armistice Day when I became the first humanist ever to address an official government ceremony of remembrance. It’s a response to Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’. To the nameless millions who lie in mass graves, From the forest of Katyn to the killing fields of … Continue Reading
I was honoured to be asked to deliver a Remembrance address to the staff of the Scottish Government at St. Andrew’s House in Edinburgh yesterday. As no humanist has ever been invited to be part of an official event of this kind, it meant a lot, and it seemed very fitting that it happened 99 years … Continue Reading
I was invited by the Scottish Government to speak at their Ceremony of Remembrance earlier today at St. Andrew’s House in Edinburgh. It’s the first time that a humanist has ever been part of an official event of this kind, so it was a great honour. The Armistice was signed at the eleventh hour of … Continue Reading