Weep not for Cassini

Today, we weep for the death of a 20-year-old. Since it was in 1997 that the space probe duo left their home planet bound for Saturn. Cassini lost its friend, the lander Huygens, in 2004. But this sacrifice was not in vain. For Huygens found that Titan was a strange world of mountains and methane [...]

Mirror of Erised

Summer is for reading old favourites. As a result, it was with the greatest of pleasure that I turned to ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’ on my Kindle. Written by J K Rowling, and ostensibly for youngsters, there is something for everyone within its covers. Take the story of the Mirror of Erised. Harry [...]

Living Words

  Psalm 30 Last weekend was exceptional.  It also didn’t rain at the Glastonbury. Music Festival! And so, it was in warm sunshine that Barry Gibb, the surviving Bee Gee, sang:     It's only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away Well, since then I have had a week [...]

Going offline

Luke 11.2-4   It’s there in the statistics! It was once just a treat for the weekend, however  a new survey has found that the average Brit now forks out over £110 per month on takeaway meals.   Not only that  but Chinese and Indian food has pushed  the traditional fish and chips into third place.   More to the point,  this [...]

The Tree

The tree remembered being planted in the churchyard those many summers ago. For he saw the young daughter of the squire slipping a copy of  that new book on Pride and Prejudice in to wile away the long sermon. This blissful rural scene was oblivious to the battles being fought on land and sea to [...]