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 [...]

D Day Remembered

  6 June 1944  0630 Allied Troops landed on the Normandy cost at this time 75 years ago. If, prayers are in the eternal then they can go back in time. Back to those who saved the world from an evil that is only now starting to walk the earth again. Let us then join [...]

Bad week for ‘religion’?

The Pleiades star cluster was high in the east last night. For, it is a sure sign that autumn is upon us when ‘The Seven Sister’s’ rise towards their zenith. The magnificence of this nursery for new-born suns, over 400 light years away, is undeniable. What better masterpiece of God’s creativity can be seen? The [...]

Why the Red Cross?

The TV images showed Red Cross give out food and water on the hurricane hit island of Antigua. But, where did the Red Cross organisation come from? My memory was fuzzy with parcels to prisoners of war and white four-tracks in humanitarian disasters. So, time for a little reading, I thought. Turns out, it all [...]

The Tree

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

Spitfire Man

That summers day, the old man looked over the sea but did not see. He noticed, of course, the contrails in the sky of airliners winging their way to Paris or Spain. But he remembered the contrails of older more evil aircraft. For in august 1940, he flew those self same skies in his Spitfire [...]

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 [...]