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Writer and parent, living by the sea in Weston-super-Mare, UK. With 5 years in TV post production, 2 years in post-grad science and 5 years in marketing.

Virág Wheeler-Mezei is the author of My Mighty Son, a true story of her young child’s fight against brain cancer.

Virág is a stranger to me; one whose story I have fleetingly glimpsed via a mutual friend on Facebook. Every so often her posts reached my newsfeed and, like many…


Why you’re getting poorer without realising it, and how we might fix a corrupt financial system.

Late Stage Consolidation (noun phrase) The collation and inflation of wealth by a small subset of society. Author photo © Chris D’Agorne 2021

I’ve read a lot about ‘Late Stage Capitalism’ in the past few months on Medium — it’s often fascinating and nuanced. But ultimately I think the concept’s wrong. The idea seems to be that the financial system will collapse under the weight of its own hubris. …


Learning from the best

As Boris now infamously said; “’Tis the season to be jolly, but it’s also the season to be jolly careful.” Perhaps he should have heeded his own advice.

I lasted less than a year as a trainee primary school teacher. In fact, slightly less than six months. But in that…


If this was a self-help article, it would probably start something like this…

“I used to be an aspiring author who couldn’t get more than a few thousand words on the page. Now I write 40,000 words a month. Read on and discover the secret to beating writer’s block!”

But…


They say don’t make a deal with the devil, but they never warned me about God. …


The meadow was alive with the sounds of late Spring and the air was thick with midges. Slanting rays of evening sunlight filtered through the yellow-green canopy of an old oak tree. …


The Human Story: Claire Bryson

Claire sailing off the coast of Devon on a beautiful Spring day. Photography by Gemma Knight.

I met Claire over a decade ago, at school in Torquay, where her intelligence, punchy good humour and strong-willed nature marked her out as someone to watch. Sure enough, she has leapt and bounded through her career, smashing through ceilings and defining an accessible, pragmatic feminism through her writing which appeals to thousands of followers on Twitter and readers of her blog, ‘Everywhere You Look’. Her dramatic sailing adventures have also given rise to a popular Instagram account.

Claire’s socially-progressive outlook made waves through her marriage to Ollie. The couple have both led unconventional lives; a marketing expert specialising in art curation and a musician with one leg in the Labour Party, they fall firmly into the ‘quirky’ category, with plenty of unusual stories to tell. But the…


The view of Big Ben from Portcullis House

Voice of the Future (#VOF2015) is an annual event, organised by the Society of Biology, where the government’s panel for policy on science and technology (a ‘select committee’) and other MPs face questions from student science ambassadors. I was nominated to attend by a post doctoral fellow, Anne Osterreider, on…


The dark street stretches ahead of me, a cascade of red and white lights flowing between skyscraper after skyscraper. Beyond are vast mountains, their dark, forested slopes swathed in heavy rainclouds. To my left, I look out over English Bay, the sun setting over the sea, ripples of light undulating…


On the horizon, the pale yellow of the sinking sun throws a thin cloak of gold across the landscape. A solitary poppy catches the light and its silken petals glow with pride. It’s late evening and the cicadas and crickets shiver their relentless songs out into the thick air. …

Chris D'Agorne

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