About Me

I have realised that this little bio has been here for ages and probably needs an update.

Since I wrote this, I have become a member of a branch of the National Secular Society that meets in Edinburgh and calls itself, unsurprisingly, the Edinburgh Secular Society.

Trying to secularise entrenched education and political systems that have bowed to religious influence for generations even centuries is a mammoth lobbying task. It needs constant monitoring of religious privilege and continual contact with any number of organisations.

My interests in the wider world haven’t changed; I am still interested in informing myself about reality and eschewing all forms of woo woo.

I still love literature, opera and drama. I am attempting to learn how to write effectively by opting for an Open University course in creative writing and I have joined a local writers’ group. I will keep Chomsky’s quote here because it is timeless:

State power tends to be overwhelmingly influenced by concentrated private power and corporate power means unaccountable private tyrannies and is most dangerous.

I dislike injustice and loathe violence, either sanctioned in wars or on the streets. I cannot however see a stop to all this. So I write about the things that grab my interest and attention.

I still invite everyone to drop by and add comments and you are welcome to write a guest blog on this site. I changed my blog’s WordPress theme from Koi to Quintus yesterday – I quite like the clean and open page view. How about you?


10 comments on “About Me

  1. T.G.Geetha says:

    Hi Veronique
    I am Geetha from India.
    I was impressed by your response to HHC in the Neurologica blog in the post relating to assisted suicide and thus landed on your blog. Yet to go through your blog posts. Nice to know you though. Keep up the good work. And I am also happy to find Ben Goldacre, PZ Myers and Orac in your blog roll.
    Will visit you often.

    • Veronique says:

      Well hello Geetha.
      How lovely to see your comment. Yes, please do stay in touch and consider adding my blog. I have eclectic interests as I have said and as you will see.

      I will visit your blog and acquaint myself with your work.


  2. Anonymous says:

    came upon your blog via the topic `burqua´.

    just read on `dignitas´ and a few other topics of your list.

    don´t have much internet experience yet but would like to get updated and stay in touch.


    • Veronique says:

      Well, Pia.

      Do tell me something about yourself and your interests. You can subscribe via email and you will be notified when I post new stuff – at least I think that is how it works.

      I use google reader and put sites that I want to keep track of on there and check their new posts daily. Maybe you could do that.

      Cheers and thank you for stopping by.

  3. Thanks so much for reading my book. I’m so sorry that you hated the temple for atheists idea. I’m particularly sorry because the term ‘temple for atheists’ was entirely misleading and was (often deliberately) misinterpreted. I agree that the idea of worshipping atheism is abhorrent, and so I share your shock. I was merely arguing that secular architecture has things to learn from religious architecture – and that there’s room to create non-denominational spaces for reflection, like the Rothko Chapel in Texas or James Turrell’s Skyspaces. If you want to discuss this more, feel free to get in touch with me at: http://www.alaindebotton.com – once again, many apologies!

    • Veronique says:

      I apologise for my misinterpreting what seems to have been a ploy by the media to garner dissension. I have fallen into this trap and insulted you to boot.

      My apologies.

  4. Fahid Shah says:

    You’re awesome, Veronique. Loved your comments on the Telegraph article about the lawful exclusion of Christians. You tore each opponent a new asshole. x

    • Veronique says:

      Thanks Fahid. I can’t recall the comment you are referring to – I haven’t bought a subscription to the Telegraph and so they cut me off after 10 or 20 views – sob.

      But it is all good grist for the mill 🙂

  5. Cathy Laws says:

    Secular society, very cool. I tend to gravitate towards this community as well. Just wanted to thank you for checking out my blog which ultimately led me to your site! Hope you have a happy friday 🙂

    • Veronique says:

      Secular is the only way I can see to stop religious privilege and tax breaks for so-called charities. Secular means no faith schools, no unnecessary respect for silly beliefs. But that’s me 🙂

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