Moving On

‘If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.’ – Martin Luther King Jr Somewhere around 1972, my Dad won a national camping competition promoted on the back of a cornflake packet.  This proved a number … More Moving On

A Hundred Ways to Die

‘ Our people die well’ – John Wesley (1703-1791) The past few months have given us all a great deal more time and space to think and reflect.  If you’ve now read War & Peace, congratulations.  If you’ve joined the throng mastering Banana Bread, well done.  If you managed to blitz your loft, the garage, … More A Hundred Ways to Die

My Corona

‘Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’  Revelation 2:7 I’ve spent almost 3 weeks in isolation in Cape Town under some of the strictest rules any nation has yet issued.  The photograph above is a copy of the government guidelines – a free insert in the local paper.  Here … More My Corona

Plans Interrupted

‘We must be ready to allow ourselves to be interrupted by God.’ – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German theologian) It was not the highpoint of my week to discover this piece of information from British Airways less than 48 hours before I was due at the airport.  My irritation was exacerbated by having received confirmation of both … More Plans Interrupted

Peace in the Pestilence

Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race – William E Gladstone – four times British Prime Minister Is it ironic that the slogan for the Corona lager’s 2020 advertising campaign is, ‘Coming Ashore Soon’?  It’s unfortunate similarity – in name only – to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is starting to sound more like a … More Peace in the Pestilence

Bins Beyond My Borders

‘Responsibility walks hand in hand with capacity and power.’ Josiah Gilbert Holland – American novelist & poet There are currently 885 litter bins in and around Bath, not including the ones in parks and open spaces, or so the website assures me. For your edification I can tell you that each is identified – should … More Bins Beyond My Borders

End of a Decade

‘One must change one’s tactics every ten years if one wishes to maintain one’s superiority.’ – Napoleon Bonaparte I was caught up in a semi-alarmist Twitter thread the other day, which pointed out that with very few weeks left until the end of the decade, perhaps we should all invoke a time of reflection to … More End of a Decade

Sure Saviours?

“How can you be somebody else’s saviour, when you can’t be your own?” ― Caroline B. Cooney (American author) I was born the year that Nelson Mandela arrived on Robben Island, where he was sent having been sentenced to life imprisonment.  In April of that year he gave a famous 3 hour speech as part of his … More Sure Saviours?