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?

The Blue Lagoon

‘Our planet is beset with a cancer which threatens our very existence… [It] was engendered by our abuse of our lakes, streams, rivers, and oceans… and like any other disease, it can kill us. We have ignored this cancer for so long that the romance of environmental concern is already fading in the shadow of the … More The Blue Lagoon

The Last Leaves

‘Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away; Lengthen night and shorten day; Every leaf speaks bliss to me              Fluttering from the autumn tree.’                         – Emily Brontë Autumn has rapidly turned to winter here in the Cape.  That means it … More The Last Leaves