This blog is currently on hiatus owing to work commitments. Whilst I still keep an eye on the goings on at RiAus, and contribute to the work of the good folks at eLife, little will be added to this blog for the foreseeable future. Simon Says remains open for business, albeit at a reduced capacity. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope the archive of content found here will prove to be of interest.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Sexual health and children: the UNESCO guidelines

I HAD intended the first proper post on this new blog to be light hearted. But then my friend Phil wrote a blog post on a very difficult topic and, quite frankly, it truly deserves to be read. Please read the post in its entirety, as the section on his first-hand experiences in Tanzania put the subject matter into perspective.

The article is called The EU Wants Your Five Year Old To Have An Abortion, Part Two (the first part is on a different topic and is an aside). It focuses on soon-to-be-published UNESCO guidelines on sex education, and their irresponsible coverage in certain media outlets and respected politicians. Phil lives in London and has recently been working for the Hoja Project, which he helped to set up, in Songea, Tanzania. He cares deeply about issues relating to the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of young people. His ongoing reports and projects can be followed at his blog, the blog with the woofing dog, and the Hoja Project news page.

Click here to read The EU Wants Your Five Year Old To Have An Abortion, Part Two.

Sunday, 6 September 2009


THIS blog is a sister site to Simon Says, a blog about the everyday adventures of a chap called Simon. He is interested in lots of things. As a result, he tried to put them all in the same blog and things got messy. That blog remains, for the purpose of recounting everyday silliness: this blog begins in order to cover his thoughts, essays, and stories, causes and miscellaneous stuff he hopes you find interesting. He has your eternal thanks for stopping for a look around.