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The Power of Broken

18 April 2017

We are now in the week after Easter and so perhaps consider that Easter is back in its box, to move onto the next thing. Maybe some remnants of chocolate Easter eggs remain, but that’s it....


How Could They Get It So Wrong?

10 April 2017

Yesterday, many people celebrated Palm Sunday which is the day we remember Jesus entering Jerusalem in the lead up to the events of Easter when he was killed and rose again. The whole Easter story...


Yes, No or Not Yet

03 April 2017

When my children were quite small, we had car trouble. For a period of time, the car we used had become unreliable and sometimes the engine would stall for no apparent reason, and be unwilling to...


A Sense of Purpose

27 March 2017

I don’t know whether you remember the days when teams were picked at school. I recall we all lined up and those best at football got picked first by the two captains. Some were chosen early...


Relative Values

20 March 2017

My son and his fiancée are excitedly planning the details of their wedding later in the year. One is an organiser with lists of things to get done, even issuing ‘to do’ lists to...


Be Thou My Vision

27 February 2017

At our Conference last week the leaders in our Keychange Community took time to update and reflect on how the organisation had developed in recent months.

We considered very positive...


Water Filters

20 February 2017

I was reading recently that 783 million people in the world (roughly 11%) do not have access to clean water. We need to be very grateful that in the UK, water treatment processes mean that...


Taste and See

13 February 2017

In recent months, I have tried my hand at occasional cooking. It’s nothing special, but I have quite enjoyed the mixing of ingredients and different ways of cooking to create flavours,...


You've Got a Friend

06 February 2017

When Facebook users across the world logged in to the social network last Thursday they were met with a rather cheesy video wishing them a "Happy Friends Day!" The already huge...


That Sinking Feeling!

30 January 2017

A few years ago, I was able to swim in the Dead Sea which is a lake between Jordan and Israel. It is around 3 million years old, with a salt content of 33%, meaning no marine life can survive and...


A Good Leader

23 January 2017

In the past week, we have seen extreme reactions to the inauguration of the new president of the United States of America, in some respects the most important job on the planet.

Donald...


Cracked, Chipped or Crumpled?

16 January 2017

From time to time I will watch the Antiques Roadshow on TV. I quite enjoy the reaction on people’s faces as items which have perhaps been handed down through the family are brought out for...


Starting Over

09 January 2017

I was intrigued to read not too long ago about the debate over what to do with the house in which Adolf Hitler was born in Braunau, Austria.

Some members of the community want it to...


When it all goes back in the Box

03 January 2017

Happy New Year to everyone!  I hope that the year ahead brings health and much happiness.

As we think of what lies ahead, Christmas already may seem to be like a distant memory as...


Learning from the Star

19 December 2016

Christmas always contains many symbols. Our traditions include Father Christmas, tinsel, wrapping paper, turkey, Christmas trees and the list goes on. We probably also have our favourite...


Christmas is Full of Surprises!

12 December 2016

…or at least it often is! Many of us have our plans, but along the way, there are likely to be some things which are unexpected, and which we hope will be nice surprises! All we can say...


Christmas Presence

05 December 2016

These are some of the...


Be Prepared

28 November 2016

When I was young I was a boy scout when our motto was ‘Be Prepared’. When I enrolled, no-one told me what I was to be prepared for specifically, but I later learned that it was about...


Who are we really?

21 November 2016

In recent days, we have seen another momentous change on the world stage. Following the vote by residents of Great Britain to leave the European Union earlier in the year now referred to as...


Not Forgotten, Not the End

14 November 2016

During the past weekend and last Friday especially, many people in the country will have spared a moment to remember those who have fought and still fight, in order that people can live in...


Masks

07 November 2016

In recent weeks, there have been reports of scary clowns spotted across the country. Activities reported range from creepy characters frightening people in passing cars to more sinister...


The Proof of the Pudding

31 October 2016

A record 14 million viewers watched the final episode of the Great British Bake Off in the past week when Candice was crowned the winner from 12 original contestants.

A variety of tasks...


On the Wings of Eagles

24 October 2016

The largest and most majestic of all birds is the eagle. It is one of the most powerful predators in the bird world with a wing span in some cases spreading to over 7 feet. Eagles’ eyes have...


Communities

17 October 2016

It’s good to be back! Importantly the time away has given me an opportunity for rest and some recovery. There is something affirming to be back with colleagues and a sense of belonging. We...


Off to the Coast

25 July 2016

The recent good weather is well-timed as the schools finish for the summer and many people look ahead to a break from the routine. The coast is a popular destination either to actively enjoy being...


A Pearl of Great Price

18 July 2016

Later this month is the Whitstable Oyster Festival. The Festival has grown from a community celebration to a massive event, which sees 80,000 people from all across the UK and the world descend...


A Higher Power

11 July 2016

The stately home of Chatsworth House built around 450 years ago, is situated on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District in the valley of the river Derwent. It has always been blessed with a ready...


Getting Some Credit

04 July 2016

It is now fifty years since the first credit cards were issued by Barclaycard in the UK. At the time there was a lot of mistrust about a piece of plastic which seemed to replace money and without...


Some Things Never Change

27 June 2016

Many people in the country are reeling from the historic decision revealed early on Friday morning of the vote to leave the European Union. Shock waves are reverberating around Europe, there are...


Down To Earth

20 June 2016

On Saturday, at 10.15 am, astronaut Tim Peake returned to Earth after a historic six-month stay on the International Space Station. During his mission, Major Peake completed the first space walk...


Standing Firm

31 May 2016

I am intrigued by the HSBC adverts which explore cultural differences. The adverts provide an amusing take on how the same things are perceived differently. In England for example, clearing the...


The Darling Buds of May

23 May 2016

May is one of my favourite months of the year as the days get longer and we see more sunshine. Weather forecasters tell us that temperatures will rise over the course of the coming week, and it...


Different Stations

16 May 2016

In the past few days, an exhibition has opened of images revealing what the stations will look like on the new Elizabeth line when it opens in 2018. The route will stretch over 60 miles from...


Promises, promises ....

09 May 2016

Last Thursday saw political elections in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. There were also mayoral elections in four cities. The new mayor of the capital has promised a better London...


Apologies

03 May 2016

We often read of an apology from politicians or a company spokesperson intended for those who have been offended or believe they have been wronged. These very public statements can be high...


A Marathon, not a Sprint

25 April 2016

Yesterday, about 38,000 runners took to the streets for the latest staging of the London Marathon. It is estimated that the millionth finisher in the history of the race first held 35 years ago,...


Where Does My Help Come From?

18 April 2016

In the past weeks and months we have read and heard much about people fleeing war and persecution heading into Europe to seek asylum. Over one million people largely from Syria and Afghanistan...


Making a Wise Investment

11 April 2016

In the past week we have heard much on the news about off-shore financial investments in Panama. In particular, the prime minister has been under scrutiny to determine how much benefit he gained...


Tapestry of a Lifetime

04 April 2016

As I grew up, my mother would spend many hours weaving tapestries of various pictures and scenes. I marvelled at her patience and skill as she created a colourful scene such as a bowl of flowers...


He is Risen - Believe it or not

29 March 2016

Over the past few days, many churches will have seen people hearing the Easter story as recorded in Luke 24. There will have been those who participated in services who would not usually do so,...


Fair Weather Friends

21 March 2016

Yesterday many of us remembered Palm Sunday, the day which marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem as recorded in Luke 19, before the events of Easter.

The residents of Jerusalem were...


All Things Work Together For Good

14 March 2016

We recently received some tragic news, that Rachel the daughter of some friends of ours had committed suicide. A close and loving family were left reeling by the shock and we could only imagine...


Choose Your Destination

07 March 2016

As a motorist, I have become increasingly reliant on my car’s Satellite Navigation System. I have learned the correct sequences so that when I input the postcode or street name I set off...


Doing the Little Things

29 February 2016

Tomorrow is St David’s Day which being 1st March, commemorates the day David is believed to have died in the year 589 AD. A native of Wales, David became a missionary travelling...


Dans le Noir

22 February 2016

My son Alex was telling me about an interesting evening out eating at a restaurant totally in the dark! ‘Dans le Noir’ is described as a unique dining and tasting experience. Following...


The Greatest Love of All

15 February 2016

Yesterday, some of us will have done something special in recognition of Valentine’s Day. It may have been a present or gesture that tells someone we love them or that says they love us. The...


Pancakes for the Journey

08 February 2016

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday when many people will be cooking pancakes. My favourite is to eat them with lemon and sugar, but I’ve had them with savoury fillings too especially in pancake...


Learning from Animals

01 February 2016

This past weekend, I was able to enjoy a concert of BBC’s Planet Earth film footage set to music by the Philharmonia Orchestra. We marvelled at the beautiful photography of the world we...


Marks in the Snow

25 January 2016

New York City has recently seen its second highest snowfall since records began 150 years ago. It is estimated that 200,000 people have been left without power. Flights were cancelled this past...


A Matter of Life or Death

18 January 2016

Last week, the two-year Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa was declared officially over according to the World Health Organisation, effectively putting an end to the...


A New Year, A New You

11 January 2016

As the first message of 2016, may I wish everyone a happy New Year?

We may have some expectations of the year ahead, setting out with good intentions to do better than last year in some...


The Lord's Servant

21 December 2015

I wonder which is your favourite Christmas song or carol? We will all have heard and probably sung many Christmas songs, but the first and most significant was recorded in the Bible in Luke...


Christingle

14 December 2015

On a Sunday before Christmas every year, thousands of churches hold special Christingle services. Christingle, which means 'Christ Light', is a symbol of the Christian faith. The history...


Waiting for Godot

07 December 2015

Dear Father Christmas, I want a puppy. I want a playhouse. Thank you. I’ve been good most of the time. Sometimes I’m wild’ was written as someone looked forward...


Light in our Darkness

30 November 2015

An advantage of long winter nights is that sometimes we get a clear sparkling sky. In the past few nights when the clouds have cleared, I have been able to stand and admire the stars and pick out...


Show someone they're loved this Christmas

23 November 2015

The Christmas adverts are now out and John Lewis has released its latest advertising campaign to drive interest and help promote the company. This year it tells the story of a young girl trying to...


Be alert, not alarmed

16 November 2015

As I write, the shock waves of the terrorist attacks in Paris are still reverberating. They follow bombs two days earlier in Beirut and at a funeral in Baghdad.

France is marking three...


What are you worth?

09 November 2015

Have you been thinking about putting yourself up for sale lately? For fun, I recently took part in an online quiz entitled ‘human for sale’ which suggested I was worth just over a...


Guy Fawkes

02 November 2015

This coming Thursday is bonfire night, and people all over the country will be letting off fireworks or attending a display at this time of year. Such events have taken place for over 400 years,...


As Tears Go By

12 October 2015

Fans of the Great British Bake Off programme on TV will be familiar with Nadiya Hussain who was crowned as the winner in the final a few days ago. It was hard not to feel pleased for her success...


Harvest Time

05 October 2015

At this time of year, many churches celebrate harvest. It’s a time to give thanks for all that we have, especially what we eat and to remember those who are not so fortunate. In our church...


The World in Union

28 September 2015

‘There's a dream, I feel, so rare, so real, all the world in union, the world as one’ are the opening lines of the rugby world cup theme currently being played as the...


Show and Tell

21 September 2015

Early autumn is typically the conference season for the political parties. The Liberal Democrats conference opened last Saturday; the Labour Party conference is beginning this coming Sunday, and...


The Other Prodigal

14 September 2015

“I can’t go back to Afghanistan. There you have two choices: fight for the Taliban or be shot,” said Khalit, a refugee from Kabul. This plight is common to many we are...


Chipping Away

07 September 2015

An ugly, oversized block of stone sat abandoned in an insignificant courtyard in Italy. In 1466, a highly regarded sculptor was hired to work on the stone and make it into a centrepiece among a...


Prepared For Success

01 September 2015

As I write this, I am conscious of the end of the summer moving into September and the Autumn period. Some may be dreading the cold weather in store for us and poor health which it can bring and...


Trouble with the Neighbours

24 August 2015

People in North and South Korea have a lot in common such as respect for older people and parents, the same public holidays and a love of the same type of spicy food. But both are short tempered...


Visiting the Barbers

17 August 2015

Having recently visited a barber’s shop, I was intrigued by the following story.

A man went to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed. As the...


A Cloud on the Horizon

10 August 2015

It was a sunny summer morning just after 8 am with blue skies overhead. However, it was the good weather that sealed the city’s fate, when it became a clear target. In August 1945, the roar...


The End or a Bend?

03 August 2015

The road where I live is deceptive. We often watch delivery vans and other vehicles drive up to a hedge at the end and turn round unable to find the address they are looking for. It seems like the...


Wish You Were Here?

27 July 2015

This past weekend is always considered to be the busiest weekend of the year on roads and at airports as the school holidays start. An estimated 2.1 million British holidaymakers were expected to...


We Buy Any Car

20 July 2015

We recently changed our car, and went through a process of handing over documents, service records etc. to agree on a price. Key parts of the exercise to determine a fair valuation was of course...


Grexit

13 July 2015

As I write, the latest round of talks about the future economic health of Greece have just broken down; many are wondering whether Greece will still be in the Eurozone tomorrow, or whether it will...


Chosen and Loved

06 July 2015

We were privileged to recently attend the wedding of a friend who we’ve known for a number of years.

We visited the bride Amy a few years ago on the day she was due to go on a date...


Driverless Cars

15 June 2015

I was reading in a magazine not long ago, about driverless cars. I was fascinated not just by the technology that allows this to be possible, but also by its implications of not being in charge of...


Those Little Voices

08 June 2015

I have managed to maintain my attendance at the gym – just! I try to go regularly and vary my exercises as a means of aiming to stay healthy but it is a struggle at times. Sometimes I have...


Selfie Sticks

01 June 2015

With summer approaching, it looks like the simple act of posing for a holiday snap has changed forever. As tourists appear in central London I have seen, as in many other visitor attractions,...


Catch Me If You Can

25 May 2015

I recently came across the true story of Frank Abagnale, an American security consultant. What makes it a remarkable story is how he came to have such a highly successful career in assisting law...


Everybody Matters

18 May 2015

Thousands of migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar (previously known as Burma) are stranded, floating in overcrowded, rickety fishing boats. It is reported that they are fleeing persecution in...


When The Party's Over

11 May 2015

The inquests have begun and for some the party is over. No-one predicted the outcome of the general election, the size of the majority, or the extent to which the SNP would be so...


A Royal Heritage

05 May 2015

Her Royal Highness the Princess of Cambridge has now received her full name. It has been announced that the fourth in line to the throne will be called Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace...


You Are What You Eat

27 April 2015

Some of the times I most value are having meals out with friends. I find that whether it is a simple snack or a more sophisticated evening dinner, enjoying food and the opportunity to catch up and...


Who Do We Follow?

20 April 2015

In just less than 3 weeks, the polling booths will open for us to be able to cast our votes in the general election. Recently there have been speeches and debates, asking us to believe in the...


Being Prepared

13 April 2015

An experienced carpenter I know is very careful in his preparations when he is making furniture. Having made mistakes in the past, he works by the principle that it is better to measure twice and...


Empty Promises

07 April 2015

Around this time of year there are lots of adverts to entice us into the garden. A new barbeque set for the summer, garden furniture, lawn care or flowers and bulbs. Often they appear to...


The King is Coming!

30 March 2015

Yesterday was Palm Sunday, the day in the Christian calendar when we remember Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, as we lead up to the events of Easter.

Jerusalem would have been...


More than Happy

23 March 2015

In case it escaped your notice, last Friday was the International Day of Happiness as established by the United Nations General Assembly. It gave rise recently to a number of articles and...


Learning from Mothers

16 March 2015

As I write this we are celebrating Mother’s Day. Although it may have become commercialised in recent years, it does give us an opportunity to reflect on the part our mothers play in our...


Bulldozing History

09 March 2015

There has been great concern around the world in the last few days about the bulldozing of the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud which dates back to the 13th Century BC, by Islamic State militants...


Not Seen or Heard

02 March 2015

A few days ago, the acting Oscars were awarded. By coincidence the top awards of best actor and best actress were both given for films highlighting disability. The level of study and research by...


Get Over It

23 February 2015

Some people are not comfortable with heights. This last weekend, I used a gift I had received to walk over the roof of the O2 dome in London. Not articulating my fears, my input into family...


Bright Future

16 February 2015

Try as I might to avoid it, I seem to be conditioned to waking up at about the same time every morning whether it is on weekdays or at weekends. This is despite it being dark at both the start and...


St. Valentine

09 February 2015

This coming Saturday is Valentine’s Day, named after a priest who lived in Rome around 250 years after Jesus was born. Claudius, the Roman Emperor at the time wanted a big army, but...


Lost and Found

02 February 2015

Next to the church I go to, is a large, busy car park used by shoppers for the nearby supermarket. It’s convenient for parking but can be a hazard to some. At the church we hold a...


Walking in the Sunshine

26 January 2015

The bright sun some of us enjoyed over the past weekend encouraged me to put on my walking boots and get out into the countryside. After the recent cold and gloomy weather, it was great to feel...


The Shame of it

19 January 2015

‘Whoever dares to show disrespect for the prophet will invite death’ said a radical leader.

As the terrorists left the Charlie Hebdo building having killed 12 people, they...


Just Leave Home

12 January 2015

I have noticed how crowded the gym has suddenly become in the last couple of weeks or so! It is clear there are a number of people who would like to get fitter and/or lose weight in the New Year....


Happy New Year!

05 January 2015

I hope everyone had a happy Christmas and had some time to relax and enjoy the season. Now we face a new year ahead with all that it could hold. Some will be excited about 2015, while others may...


The Light of the World

22 December 2014

Last week, in an appalling act of terrorism, the Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar Pakistan. More than 120 people, including over 100 children, were killed in the attack on an army-run school....


Are we prepared?

15 December 2014

I went to a Pantomime a few days ago in which someone I know was performing as part of a comedy duo. She told me she had been rehearsing her part in Aladdin with the rest of the cast for 4 months,...


Ticket for a Special Delivery

08 December 2014

As Christmas approaches, many of us are organising our cards and presents, conscious of the time left to ensure they are delivered on time. Apparently one in five shoppers will not even visit the...


Apprentice Andrew

01 December 2014

‘You’re fired!’ The phrase dreaded by a group of aspiring business men and women in the TV reality show as they seek to win the knock out rounds and become the...


The Pilgrim Fathers

24 November 2014

On Thursday last week, Plymouth waterfront was lit up by 1000 candles as the countdown started to mark the 400 year anniversary of when the Pilgrim Fathers set sail from Plymouth to America. A...


Space and Us

17 November 2014

History was made in the last few days when the spacecraft Rosetta launched a probe called Philae to land on a comet far out in space which was also able to send back pictures to earth of the...


Lest We Forget

10 November 2014

As I am writing this, many of us will be preparing for some form of Remembrance over the next few days as we pay respect to those who suffered and died in wars so that we might have the freedom we...


Handle with Care

03 November 2014

Over the next few days, many of us will attend a fireworks display or set off fireworks in our gardens. I love the sparks, bright colours, and even the whizzes and bangs!

Local to where...


Ordinary People

27 October 2014

I heard a story of someone who had locked their keys in their car in a car park. The car owner prayed to God out of desperation as she was beginning to run late. Shortly after, a rough looking man...


Something for Nothing

20 October 2014

Next Sunday daylight saving time ends in the UK. From 2 a.m., we all turn our clocks back one hour as we move out of British Summer Time which is designed to make better use of longer hours of...


You raise me up

13 October 2014

I don’t know how many of you have faced really difficult situations in life and how you have negotiated them. Sometimes we may pray about it to God as our first reaction, or perhaps when we...


Time to Invest

06 October 2014

I read recently in a Unicef report that child well-being in the UK is at the bottom of a league of developed nations, which I found very sad.

The analysis goes on to say that one of the...


Conkers

29 September 2014

On my walk to the office, I pass many Horse Chestnut trees which at this time of year are losing their leaves and dropping their seeds. Shiny and rich brown in colour, the conkers remind me of how...


Better Together

22 September 2014

So the Scottish people have voted and decided against independence from the rest of the UK. The promising and persuading has finished and the serious work now begins dealing with the aftermath of...


The Light Bulb Conspiracy

15 September 2014

Maybe like me you find changing light bulbs a bit of a chore, and have invested in longer lasting light bulbs. I was intrigued therefore to come across the Light Bulb Conspiracy which is a theory...


Be Careful What You Wish For

08 September 2014

In 10 days’ time, people who live in Scotland will have the opportunity to vote for an independent Scotland.

The ‘yes’ campaigners claim that an independent nation will...


It’s got your name on it

01 September 2014

Some people I know would do almost anything for a drink of Coca Cola! First advertised over 100 years ago the sweet, thirst quenching drink has become one of the world’s best known brands....


Who is Guilty?

26 August 2014

Many of us will have been shocked recently by the alleged murder of the American reporter James Foley in Syria. There is a clamour in the newspapers to identify the British jihadist who appeared...


Give Yourself a Break

18 August 2014

At this time of year, many of us are taking holidays and time off, perhaps also conscious of the diminishing days of warm summer weather.

It struck me how important these times are and...


The War to end all Wars

11 August 2014

In my home town, many large red poppies have appeared in the last 2 weeks attached to lamp posts by the side of the road. They are of course to remind people about the 100 year anniversary of the...


As Far as the East is from the West

04 August 2014

I was reading recently about the ‘right to be forgotten’ and in particular, the debate about keeping of personal information. In a test case, with the ever-increasing amount of...


The Shawshank Redemption

28 July 2014

One of my favourite films which I have seen many times is The Shawshank Redemption.

It is the story of life in a men’s prison, but it is also the story of freedom and about life...


Live and Let Live

21 July 2014

My daughter Carys is excited at the moment as she is close to moving into a new flat and setting up home alone for the first time. She is surveying washing machines, thinking about curtain colours...


From Sap to Syrup

14 July 2014

I was reading not long ago of the process to make maple syrup. The maple tree sap is thin and clear like water, but essentially useless with only a hint of sweetness until it is boiled over...


Fruitfulness

07 July 2014

The recent sunshine that many of us have enjoyed has ripened much of the fruit on trees and bushes. All of the fruit tastes so much better for being fresh, and each year I wonder why I don’t...


Rock, Paper, Scissors

30 June 2014

Rock-paper-scissors – the game of chance where “rock” beats scissors, “scissors” beat paper and “paper” beats rock – is essentially a game of...


“They think it’s all over …”

23 June 2014

I doubt that it’s escaped your notice that the football World Cup is currently taking place in Brazil! England fans will be disappointed that after just two games, they have been eliminated....


The Perfect Father

16 June 2014

Yesterday was Father’s Day in the UK. Each year, I reflect on my own father and who I am as a father. My dad was embarrassing, caring, angry and forgiving in varying degrees at different...


D-Day Salvation

09 June 2014

In the past few days, we have heard and seen the 70th Anniversary commemorations of the D-Day invasion of northern France. British, US and Canadian forces invaded the coast of northern France in...


Walk the Talk

02 June 2014

This coming Wednesday, the Queen’s speech will take place. It will set out the government’s legislative agenda for the year ahead and is the centrepiece of the state opening of...


Cheeki Rafiki

27 May 2014

In the last few days, there has been the sad news of the discovery of the overturned sailing boat the Cheeki Rafiki in the Atlantic Ocean. After an extensive search, the worst fears of the...


Dead Sea or Galilee?

19 May 2014

At our Keychange Conference last week, we considered the topic ‘Who Cares’ as it is so important across all of our work. We also thought about where our passion to care for other...


Who was John Wayne?

12 May 2014

When I was younger, I used to watch cowboys vs Indians films and recreate some of the stories with my friends. One of the biggest screen heroes who starred in many of them was John Wayne. When he...


3 all out and 2 of those were extras!

06 May 2014

As the weather warms up, and the days lengthen, the cricket season has begun and it reminds us that summer isn’t far away. This headline comes from a recent cricket match from Wirral Cricket...


Diving into the unknown

28 April 2014

Diving as an experience is otherworldly. Having been scuba diving I know that whilst it is quite a peaceful activity, being submersed underwater does feel quite unnatural - particularly at...


He is Risen!

22 April 2014

The Easter weekend is now over for us all - I wonder what kind of a time it was for us? Was it a time to make us think about our faith, or was it just a break from the routine? Hopefully it was...


Hero to zero

14 April 2014

This week marks the most important time in the Christian calendar, as we remember the days leading up to Easter.

This began yesterday with the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on a donkey...


The search continues

07 April 2014

It will be a month tomorrow since the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared off the radar, carrying 239 people. Despite many theories, the cause still remains substantially unproven. So far,...


April Fool

31 March 2014

This coming week is 1st April, also known to some as April Fool’s day - a day for practical jokes on each other. These are usually a bit of fun and not ultimately harmful, much like when the...


Our Life Blood

24 March 2014

Someone I know has recently undergone procedures following a heart attack. As I sat beside his hospital bed, he explained that due to the build-up of deposits in his arteries surrounding his heart...


Taxi for us all?

17 March 2014

In London, the streets are often full of taxis ferrying people around. When I am near TV studios or national theatres, I often wonder who might be travelling in the back of a black cab which...


'There's nothing wrong with me'

10 March 2014

Recently, I heard the story of a man who had a major accident when driving his car. People gathered at the place of the accident and offered him immediate help. However, the man refused their help...


Learning Lessons

03 March 2014

As I write this, the final countdown to the Oscars has begun where various films compete for prestigious awards. Oscar watchers have predicted British director Steve McQueen's film 12 Years a...


The real deal - beware of imitations

24 February 2014

The line between what is true and what is false in our society is often blurred. We pick up newspapers and read stories then sometimes find out later that those stories were complete fabrications,...


Firm Foundations

17 February 2014

Much of the southern part of the country has suffered violent and damaging storms in the past few days. High waves have battered buildings along coastlines and the supporting ballast in Devon was...


Against All Odds

10 February 2014

The waiting is over: the winter Olympics in Sochi are underway and what's more, against significant odds and after 90 years of trying, Britain has won an Olympic medal on snow. Jenny Jones...


Finding Acceptance

03 February 2014

Over the past few years, the news has brought us graphic pictures of the crisis in Syria which began with protests against President Bashar al-Assad's regime in March 2011. A year and a half...


12 good men and true

27 January 2014

An interesting letter arrived in my post the other day, summoning me to take part in a Jury. I've never done it before, so am intrigued about what might be involved in this justice system that...


Stepping into the Boat

20 January 2014

Travelling to the West Country last week, there were large areas underwater from recent heavy rain. I have also heard many stories of people I know in the South East that have been on flood alert...




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