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My letter to THE GUARDIAN (“Marbles in Exile”)

June 17th, 2009No Comments  

As am writing my Discussion chapter about mobility between countries/cultures etc, there is a HOT debate again in British newspapers about the Greek Marbles of the Parthenon (Elgin vandalised them and they were shipped to London over a century ago) due to the official opening of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens this coming Sunday where there is space for them to return ‘home’. In response to those publicities, i sent a letter to the GUARDIAN yesterday, as per below:


Ulysses poem by Tennyson

November 28th, 2008No Comments  

 The metaphors of travel, journey, home and return or not are at the core of my project and i find creative ways of associating with the meanings, here is another poem to record, where Tennyson gets inspired by my deal Greek Odysseus (Ulysses for the Romans, never mind!)

Ulysses by Alfred Tennyson

It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match’d with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.
I cannot rest from travel; I will drink … Read more »

Metaphor for the PhD (‘on the boat’…august 2008)

August 28th, 2008No Comments  

I am now about to begin my final PhD year and there is so much to do, it does feel really chaotic as i need to deal with so many readings, so much writing to do, analyse the data, see how i will come to the ’synthesis’ of the whole piece, decisions to be made about how to tell the tale…I have noticed that i am more confident now in terms of how i manage ( at least emotionaly ) the challenges thrown at me by the whole research/PhD life, but it it still a path that i need to walk and complete, giving my best shot, finding inspiration for the authorship of it and bringing it to a good standard quality

I was writing few pages in my research diary and a metaphor came up for me to capture ‘ where i am at’ at present with the PhD. I wrote: … Read more »

Doing a PhD feels like driving a van…

May 31st, 2008No Comments  

I was walking down the road yesterday morning and i met a friend. she asked me: “so, how is the PhD going?”…I paused for a bit to think of how i could capture the sense i have at the moment and replied by saying: “well, it feels like driving a van. It is huge, needs a lot of manoeuvring and you dont have a clear sense of its ‘body’, you dont have visibility of the edges of the vehicle, just a general sense of it but still you keep driving, turning, accelerating, pushing the brakes, looking at mirrors and constantly loading and off-loading”. My friend looked at me and said: “wow, this is such a demonstrative metaphor…i once applied for a PhD too but eventually didnt start cause i was scared it would take over my life”. I responded by saying: “well, it does, at least at some point, it needs your full attention…like when you are on the wheel…but you become experienced driver as the time passes and more confident on the road”.

Thinking about this metaphor…I must admit that i have always been a good driver. I gained my license since i was about 19 and i have driven in both sides (left and right) without EVER having any accident. I was also told that i look confident on the wheel and people have felt comfortable when riding togeher…but i have only driven small cars so far…not a van! and i dont think i look like a big guy with a moustache and tatoos, with a cigar in my mouth like some van drivers i have seen….lol…well, here i am now though, with a PhD that does feel like trying to manoeuvre a big vehicle…and i do like i always did as a driver…keep driving, even if i felt a bit on edge at times…it then became automatic and natural…is that the same with a van? or will i eventually feel that it is not a van anymore but just my own vehicle that i will have known well and maybe had become the ‘extension of my body’ like i feel with a normal sized car?

are western therapy models best for all?

May 19th, 2008No Comments  

there is a big debate about the ‘western dominance’ in terms of therapy concepts, discourse, theory, ways of practice etc and the questions that are being re-visited, i would say rather slowly, given that potentially issues of power are being challenged as a result, are whether western theories and models are universal and applicable to all cultures and societies etc. My supervisor Dr. West ( and a few of us in such debates) have been challenging such ideas. He recently wrote a poem on his blog, titled SUPPOSE (see: – he shares that with an audience of counsellors at a recent conference!) where he is questioning whether West knows best in terms of counselling/therapy. As i read it, i came up with my own poem, titled YOU WONDER and i share it below: … Read more »