A nation divided

There is an old story of a surgeon, an architect and a politician arguing about who was in the oldest profession. The doctor said it must be him because a surgical operation would have been required on Adam to remove a rib for Eve.  ‘Ah’ exclaimed the architect, ‘but before that, an architect created order out [...]

A warning revealed

There are a lot of strange writings in the Bible but the Book of Revelation is up there with the best of them. Admittedly, there were many similar works but they didn’t get to stay in the final list of scripture approved by the early church. Yet, it has to be said that even among other [...]

When did we stop asking questions?

‘What the hair oil?’ - My mother exclaimed this bizarre phrase whenever she was perplexed. Whatever it meant, it came from trying to fathom something outwith her experience. It expressed wonder.   Children have a wonderful dimension of wonder. Listen to teenagers and their ideas for world rank from the zany to the deeply sensible, sometimes [...]

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF

DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF So, this one time, in a hospital that will be nameless, my brother and I were on-call for our various specialities and this young woman is blue alighted in the front door. She is, what we call in the business, “Big Sick”. She will basically be dead in the next [...]