London-based performance poet Musa Okwonga delivers a wonderful homily to his hometown, comparing the great city to a professional prize fighter.
Here is "Heavyweight" for London:
"I had friends from all walks of life and honestly don't remember them by way of ethnicity or social class. At that age, it was all about who could do Michael Jackson dancing the best, and who was the fastest runner. I'd go to my mates houses or flats after school for tea (biscuits and Ribena usually) and didn't really get any sense that I was different to anyone else. South London was a slightly dangerous, yet fun place to grow up where you genuinely felt like you were part of a community. Fast forward 25 years and my hometown of Clapham is a very, very different place." Read more...
In case you were on Mars over the weekend you are probably aware that Floyd Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao via decision at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas in what was billed as the 'Fight of the Century'. Here's what went down:
To most Muslims, the murderers responsible for the depraved attack on an innocent man have nothing to do with Islam. They practice a religion that promotes community, charity, spirituality and respect for the law. Extreme acts of violence have no place in true Islam, just as they have no place in true Christianity or Judaism.