Birmingham for Tariq Jahan

The UK seems to be returning to some sort of normality after last week’s riots, although for some families it will take much longer than a few days to recover. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy has written a poem dedicated to Tariq Jahan, whose son Haroon was one of three brave young men killed while trying to protect their local community.

Books, Borders & Bikes Literary Festival

Traquair House in Peebleshire is hosting an interesting sounding literary festival this coming weekend. Mixing books and bicycle riding in the Scottish Borders (the mind very much boggles) this event is likely to attract extra interest due to the appearance of historian David Starkey. Starkey’s recent comments on race and the UK riots have caused a storm of controversy and it seems unlikely the conversation will stay on the topic of his latest book.

London riots hit independent film distributors

Everyone in the UK has been horrified by the riots in major English cities. Homes and businesses have been destroyed and the stupidity of the rioters is a real tragedy for many people. The Sony/PIAS Warehouse in London has been gutted by fire – PIAS UK is the main distribution hub for more than 150 independent film and music labels and it is believed that all stock has been lost.