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Other people’s shoes…

Reflecting on the ordinary amongst the extraordinary… The Methodist Church have asked each District to make a prayer symbol to help people to support the Olympics, Paralympics & Cultural Olympiad in prayer. Rachel Parkinson (of Leicester North Circuit) and her team approached me with the engaging idea: “Put yourself in their shoes…” “Put yourself in […]

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We are what we eat…

For a considerable time I subscribed and imbibed regular podcasts and playlists. I enjoyed them, but perhaps I was overdosing on ear fodder. There’s listening and there’s gorging… Around the time that some call lent, I stopped the regular ipod on my commute. Initially I missed the stimulating drip of tunes and chatter, the warmth […]

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Toyah the Toyota is gone…

Toyah the Toyota has served us very well since 2000 – 12 years of reliable motoring. But I have just sold her to a new owner. We are a one car (one bike) family. I bought my first car in the late 1980’s- A 1963 Volkswagen Beetle called Beatrix. (You never forget your first!) I […]

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Listen.. can u hear breathing?.. r u alive?

It’s been a while since I uttered some nonsense – that could be good be a good sign… then again… You won’t fly until you truly let go… you’ll not feel the song until you really hear it… you can’t stretch until you truly wake up… Easier said than done!? As Keats inferred, unheard melodies […]

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A method in the madness?

Methodism and the Cornish Miner: a worthwhile read of you have 30mins. I was given this pamphlet recently by a friend of a friend. It was produced in 1960. It’s the type of thing that could easily Have been lost! I found it a worthwhile short read -but then again I can identify with being brought up […]

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Pilgrimage, going outside for some time…

Gotta make it positive! (says the little sprite on my right shoulder).  Awwh *!£#@!##%! !*#&*! (says the little !*#&* on t’other)… It must have been 15 years or so ago that I wrote “We’re going outside, I may be sometime…” ‘We’re going outside and we may be some time’ Twenty-five years I grew, nurtured on […]

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Ignorance is bliss

In the handmade gaps within everyday-life, I’ve recently been in Africa, both ancient and modern.  I’ve been escaping into another world created by Wilbur Smith.  I’ve read most of his books, OK they may be a tad shallow but hey they’re entertaining and exciting.  (I s’pose his reads are rather like a dream, detailed and […]

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‘Birdsong’, ‘The Tree of Life’ and ‘April Fool’s Day’…

Love, life and the futility of trying to own your love, your life… ‘Birdsong’, ‘The Tree of Life’, and ‘April Fool’s Day’…  Well what can you say? That’s why art exists to hint at what it’s hard to say or hard to truly conceive of. ‘Birdsong’ BBC, I read ‘Birdsong’ by Sebastian Faulks a good […]

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Elephant Juice

Elephant Juice As a teenager, I watched the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures. This is a tradition I try to keep up each year. It’s a bit like reading Usborne Guides for children; entertaining, bite-size, palatable info that I find much easier to swallow. This year the RICL was about ‘the brain’, and was entertaining as […]

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“more than the heart, the bowel, the knee joint… …more than flesh and blood…” ?

"more than the heart, the bowel, the knee joint… …more than flesh and blood…" ? I’ve recently finished reading: "April Fool’s Day" by Bryce Courtenay. He’s been a favourite author of mine since reading "The Power of One" in my 20s. "April Fool’s Day" is an altogether different read; a true and rich account that […]