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Dani Garavelli

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Past articles by Dani:

Dani Garavelli: The past really is another country

I blame the famous Limmy sketch. The one where the man walks into a ticket office, shows the woman behind the counter a photograph of Millport and asks her how to get there. The problem is it’s not so much Millport he wants to revisit, but his youth. Long summer days spent drinking Merrydown cider and jumping off the pier. The friends, the freedom, no thought for the future. A time all the more… → Read More

Dani Garavelli: A safe home should not be a luxury

Earlier this year, while shadowing a community links practitioner at a surgery in Govanhill, I encountered a man sick with worry over the sewage that was flooding the back court of his tenement flat. He was worried about the smell; he was worried about rats; but, most of all, he was worried about the health of his autistic son, who wanted to play there. The man, an immigrant from south-east Asia… → Read More

A Book of Days review: A glimpse into the wonderful world of Patti Smith

A Book of Days allows us to enter the world of music legend Patti Smith by taking a look at her Instagram and Polaroid collection → Read More

There’s only so many times you can hear 'go away and die': Why is there still a stigma around living with HIV?

The first clue Niamh Millar might have a serious health problem came, in 2010, with a sore throat. “On the Wednesday morning, it was quite mild,” she says. "By Wednesday evening, it was too sore to eat. By Thursday morning, I had lost my voice completely and, by Thursday afternoon, I was in hospital because my throat had closed over, my face had swollen up and I couldn’t breathe.” The hospital… → Read More

Jim Crace’s eden review: 'A novel imbued with lyricism and compassion'

By conjuring an idyll that is anything but, Jim Crace's eden encourages us to embrace the world as it is, in all its beauty and ugliness. → Read More

Dani Garavelli: Truss and Sunak

TUNBRIDGE Wells is a parody of poshness; a place famous for “polo, private schools and The Pantiles” - a colonnaded Georgian mall, with gourmet restaurants and antique shops. → Read More

Insight: Menopause has been taboo for too long

Even before the independence referendum, Nicola Sturgeon was a fan of Birgitte Nyborg, the heroine of the Netflix series Borgen. → Read More

Rwanda: So long as enough ordinary people are steadfast, there is still hope for the soul of the UK

Thank God for the human rights lawyers. Thank God for the Church of England bishops. Thank God for the protesters prepared to lie on a road with their arms joined by metal lock-on tubes in an attempt to prevent the removal of asylum seekers to Rwanda. → Read More

Misogyny is damaging Scotland's progressive image

In 2019, Miss M - a rape survivor, who fought and won a civil case against her attacker - was invited to talk to the Faculty of Advocates about her experience of the criminal justice system. → Read More

The SNP needs to confront its incompetence

The People’s Pantry, which sells subsidised food to members, was an inspired choice of venue for an SNP election campaign event. → Read More

Insight: Saving the broken heart of Glasgow

Trees sprout from the broken windows and gutters of the former Sir John Maxwell School in Pollokshaws, Glasgow. They have laid claim to the Edwardian edifice, digging their roots into cracks in the red sandstone bricks, while a crow stands sentinel on the highest chimney pot. → Read More

We belong to the one country in Europe that is comprehensively failing Ukrainian refugees

You’d think by now we’d be inured to the vicarious shame of being governed by Boris Johnson and his band of mf’ers. → Read More

A fresh start is needed, a rooting out of all the liars, a deep-clean of a toxic culture

As is the way in the post-shame era, Cressida Dick’s resignation - when it eventually came - was graceless and devoid of self-reflection. After a year in which the Metropolitan Police was revealed to be institutionally racist, misogynistic and corrupt, she had to be dragged kicking and screaming from her post. → Read More

'How did we get here?' - Dani Garavelli on the state of Westminster politics

It wasn’t the initial story of the No 10 Christmas party that brought all the pain flooding back for Laura Kelly. → Read More

45 years in the NHS: 'If you don’t love your job, you won’t get nowhere'

When Lee Pearson got a job at the NHS in 1977, aged 18, he never knew it would become his life. This is his story. → Read More

Remembering the witches of Scotland

Thousands died between the 16th and 18th centuries as a result of witchcraft trials. It’s high time we recognised the victims of this state-sanctioned atrocity → Read More

Is Nicola Sturgeon’s long game just preaching to the converted?

Scotland’s first minister might be making all the right noises to her supporters, but whether she can act on her promises is another thing → Read More

How will the SNP solve Scotland’s tragic drugs crisis?

There were no surprises in the Scottish drug death figures announced this morning. As anticipated, the numbers are bleak: another 1,339 lives were lost in 2020 to drug-related deaths, which was an increase of 5 per cent on the previous year. This is the largest number of drug-related deaths since records began in 1996, and brings the total in the 14 years the SNP has been in → Read More

Insight: Fulfilling a lifetime dream to visit Ailsa Craig

My mum is in the front seat of the Glenapp Castle, listening to skipper Roddy Leitch’s wild tales of shipwrecks and dragons, as the 42ft boat lollops west. I am outside, at the back, clinging to the metal railings, so I can catch the spray on my face. But we are both looking straight ahead at the great Leviathan rising out of the water. → Read More

The Long Covid timebomb: We could soon have 10,000 new cases a day

When Debby Bogaert heard Boris Johnson announce the end of physical distancing and compulsory mask-wearing she was “astonished.” → Read More