What is she thinking?

May 31, 2022Uncategorized

Seventy years is a lot to reflect on. Our queen is a very public figure with very private thoughts. What might she be thinking as she looks back on her reign? There will be precious memories. The births of Andrew and Edward. Her silver and golden jubilees. Visits to the commonwealth and beyond. Years with … Read More

How much is a life worth?

March 1, 2022Uncategorized

Not much, if you are Vladimir Putin. His shelling and cluster bombing of civilian areas suggests scant regard for the life of his opponents. Even his own soldiers are expendable, sacrificed as pawns in a bigger game. A mobile crematorium follows them into battle. Little wonder that morale amongst Russian conscripts is low. We instinctively … Read More

If only I could control my memory

November 11, 2021Uncategorized

Memories are precious. The older we get, the more we seek to revisit our happiest days in our mind’s eye. Once there were only a few framed photographs to help a person conjure up a bygone day. Today’s children will have a deluge of digital photos to swipe through and videos to watch. Memories can … Read More

“He gave his life . . . so I could live”

March 23, 2021Real lives

Guest post by Hicham, a Christian from France. Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the heroic act of the 44-year-old Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame. On March 23rd 2018 Arnaud undertook one of the ultimate acts of bravery when he offered up his own life to save a hostage in a supermarket terror attack in southwest France, … Read More

Did Darwin make atheism credible?

March 8, 2021Big questions

British evolutionary biologist, Prof. Richard Buggs, makes a carefully considered case regarding evolutionary chance. Using his son’s brio set, he outlines why Darwinian scientists are wrong to downplay their dependence on luck. If so much luck is needed, are there reasons, beyond the scientific evidence, why people are reluctant to consider intelligent design? If you … Read More

When your saviour needs saving

January 12, 2021Coronavirus

Critcon 3 sounds like something from a Cold War nuclear crisis.  This NHS alert level records that our local hospital is at full stretch. Last February we watched pictures from Lombardy, Italy, with horror.  The new coronavirus seemed to overwhelm its health system; there were not enough ICU beds or ventilators to go round.  Soon … Read More

A life-changing wartime Christmas

December 8, 2020Real lives

Crouched down, seasick and cold, Albert Hewitt peered into the dark Atlantic night.  Any enemy submarines around?  With swell as high as the dummy funnel he’d climbed, he couldn’t see much.  At 4am, the end of his four hour watch, Albert found himself unable to descend, so spent another miserable four hours up there.  What … Read More

Here we go again

November 6, 2020Coronavirus

Once bitten, twice shy.  Caution characterises this second lockdown.  Most, especially the more vulnerable, remain cautious about the virus.  But this time there’s a new caution: are we being manipulated by fear? SAGE set out means for “persuasion” back in March.  In bold type they wrote “The perceived level of personal threat needs to be … Read More

One wartime weekend

August 13, 2020Real lives

Emerging from her Covid-hibernation in time for her ninetieth birthday, Rita remains a lively character.  Welcomed into the world as the source of a few more union pennies during the bitter miners’ strike, Rita’s resilience no doubt owes much to her Lancashire roots.  But it was events from her school-leaving weekend, aged 14, that have … Read More

How fed up are you with Covid?

August 3, 2020Coronavirus

Grief or personal suffering make Covid very real.  But most of us, personally untouched as yet, are just fed up with Covid. We resent the restrictions.  We want freedom from fear.  We could wish away all the alarmist headlines.  But what can we do? Blame others of it? Now local lockdowns are being imposed, the … Read More