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Articles by AM Poppy

About AM Poppy (9 Articles)
Formerly avid environmental and social justice campaigner in Barnet, Poppy is now ready to settle down. She is working towards becoming an English teacher. Twitter: @PoppyinFinchley; poppy@ampoppy.co.uk

Left On The Shelf

It was my last lesson with the year 10s (15-year olds) and I’d invited them each to get up and tell me and the class about their favourite book. Public speaking being a [...]

The pedant’s triumph

This month I’ve discovered an advantage to being this advanced in years. Such positives are rare; too often age confers unhappy corollaries. (Tried doing a full back bend [...]

Neuroscience re-examined

Caring involves a lot of waiting. Silver lining: it affords time to read. When a copy of Robert Newman’s Neuropolis fell into my lap, I was pleased. I fell under Newman’s [...]

Role reversal

I’m back! I’ve come home to look after my mum. You may remember her from previous columns – a venerable 90, she has lived a life of such unfailing generosity, toil, and [...]

Shopping at 90

At about 50 I gave up acquiring clothes. I was unwrapping a late Christmas gift, and there was yet another damned top. I felt a slight nausea. Ungrateful me. [...]

Where’s my cheque?

Should I get a cheque through the post every month as of right? Pensioners get an unconditional basic income (UBI), guaranteed by the embodiment of our collective will –our [...]

Death and Taxes

Would you like to be able to direct HMRC not to use your tax money on the apparatus of death, the military? A bill to that effect is being tabled in parliament in May, and it [...]

Discovering Greece’s Secrets

It’s what friends are for. I said I was looking for a new direction. My best friend Kate sent me a link. I received it one midnight just before heading for bed (checking my [...]