Twice Booker prize winner and author of 17 acclaimed works including the novels Every Day Is Mother’s Day, Vacant Possession, Beyond Black, Wolf Hall, Bring Up the Bodies, The Mirror & the Light and her memoir Giving Up the Ghost.
“Her wit, stylistic daring, creative ambition and phenomenal historical insight mark her out as one of the greatest novelists of our time.”
For me, it is the most enduring Olympic image of all time - I might not win, but I’m going to finish the damn race. Only the podium salute in 68 and Jessie Owens in Munich having to stand next to an athlete doing the Nazi salute can possibly match it.
I know that I as a father was so very proud of Jim Redmond that day. I hope that he felt the love of millions of fathers watching him and willing him on to carry his son to the finishing line. RIP Jim Redmond.
It kind of saddens me the bravery and dignity of Derek himself is often overlooked in this incident because of how emotional his dad’s involvement was. This is a guy whose promising career was absolutely destroyed by injuries. By 1992 he had undergone some 20 or so surgeries, but by that point he was finally seemingly healthy. It was the first year he went into a season on form and healthy in the near 10 years since he first broke the British record as a teenager. This was really his 1 opportunity to prove himself on the world stage and with the times he had been running was a good shout for a medal and a darkhorse for winning it. Getting over that finish line regardless was his way of coming to terms with his body letting him down yet one more time.
A social constructionist who was ahead of his time and argued that all living systems – biological, social and technological – are interdependent and reciprocal. While he argued that facts usually result from interactions between experts (so are socially and technically constructed) he said this to bolster not denigrate science.
Science needs huge support to thrive and an entire ecosystem is necessary for producing objective facts: if these institutions are not supported and protected then we head toward the dark ages of flat-earthism, ‘alt facts’ and climate change denialism.
He also talked about rethinking our focus on the ‘economy’ and growth and that historically everything wasn’t situated and organised on this basis - indeed he argued that teh separation between nature and culture enables climate denial and neoliberal extremism.
If more people understand his message humanity would have a more promising future.