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After missing our ferry, Basti & I were lucky enough to have our hearts uplifted by this amazing coming together of locals, refugees & homeless people in Athens. These incredible moments of humanity are the under-reported story of the refugee crisis. People being good to people. Whenever did that stop being the coolest thing on earth?!

It was a joyous, educative and funny experience. Everyone was so welcoming and that was one of the most lovely introductions to Greek hospitality. Very fun to shoot, and I had fun the last days putting together this little video. So many spirited people around – and these stories for me are the real story behind the refugee crisis.

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An acoustic version of “Shadowlands” – one microphone, one shot, one balcony. It’s a little song about what unites us. I’m not sure when that became such a distant aspiration for us. The lyric “we’re entering an age of solitude” is about witnessing this great dividing that is happening. It doesn’t matter whether its Trump’s speech last night with its “pointed-finger” rhetoric, politicians playing on fear to win votes, the resurrection of old borders – it does feel there is a great retreat into fear & suspicion. Personally I think that we have much bigger challenges as a species. I find all the focus on creed, colour, class, religion, gender, sexuality a distraction. Ultimately we have to overcome all the “isms” and “distinctions” between us and recognise 1) that our underlying humanity is something shared 2) that the preciousness of the planet is a challenge we need to focus on collectively as a species. The lyric “we’ll cross that bridge together” isn’t about some soppy sentiment. It’s based on the fact that we will enter an age of solitude – in the extinction of the animal species, in the destruction of the rainforests, in the overfishing of the seas, in the event of nuclear attack – unless we face the spiritual challenge of learning to love one another, overcoming our differences, recognising that our challenges are collective, and rolling up our sleeves to work together – rather than against one another. Despite all the dark forces at play, the song is ultimately about hope. Life remains the great miracle, and living the great joy. And its remembering those gifts that can keep us motivated, keep us inspired, keep us challenging old problems with renewed spirt.


Thank you Adi from RAWCREATION and of course the boss that is Ben Barritt

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I’m very happy to report that Sara’s Boat is now built. It has been manufactured as a tailor made “search and rescue” boat. This week the electronics and engines are being put in, and hopefully the boat will soon be in the water.

PROEMAID continue their work on the South Coast of Lesvos. Even through numbers are down, there are still boats coming in. This week 4 more people drowned, with several more missing. There is renewed uncertainty now about what will happen in the Aegean since the Turkish coup. Turkey is more unsafe than it was before, and no one knows how that is going to effect a) the lives of the 2.7 refugees there and b) what will happen to the EU-Turkey pact.
With so much uncertainty, I think this boat is a statement to stand by vulnerable people on our shores. No human deserves to drown, especially while not fleeing war, torture and persecution.

Thank you again to everyone who has supported “Sara’s Boat”.


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