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November 30, 2014

First Sunday of Advent

Spoiler alert – if you haven’t seen the last episode of Doctor Who look away now! In the last episode – the season finale – Clara in her grief goes to extreme lengths to force the Doc-tor to change time and save her boyfriend who has died. She knows his secrets – especially the keys […]

December 22, 2013

Fourth Sunday in Advent

I have become fond of the Methodists’ nativity set they put up in front of the pulpit in Ad-vent. Their church, their ‘toys’, their rules – I’ve no problem with – as we set up and take down our liturgical furnishings. But when I first saw their Nativity set (as I carried it away into […]

December 15, 2013

Third Sunday in Advent

We enjoyed our quick visit to Amsterdam this past week. Two images particularly struck me. I bought them – postcards – and have them in front of me as I write. The first is Otto Frank – the father of Anne Frank and the sole survivor of those in hiding who were arrested in August […]

December 8, 2013

Second Sunday in Advent

On Thursday I came home after spending the evening with the Sea Cadets out in Mildenhall as the town welcomed Santa and turned on the Christmas lights. I was dressed very warmly – the uniform’s wooly pully is thick and I was wearing thermals plus the outdoor all-weather coat. My wardrobe was necessary because Thursday […]

December 23, 2012

4th Sunday of Advent

The 2011 census relating to England and Wales has garnered quite a bit of media comment. The big picture brush strokes get the press coverage. In 2001 71.7% of the population said they were Christian and now in 2011 it’s 59.3%. The percentage of people claiming ‘No religion’ has risen from 14.8% in 2001 to […]

December 16, 2012

3rd Sunday of Advent

This week I renewed my First Aid qualification. The overall aim of the course was the Red Cross’ 3 P’s – preserve life; prevent worsening; promote recovery. Our instructor quipped that it means ‘trying not to panic as you help until the cavalry arrives’. He mentioned on numerous occasions how wonderful the ‘blue’s and two’s’ […]

December 15, 2012

2nd Sunday of Advent

A pregnant duchess ill in hospital. A prank call from an Australian radio station. Success in terms of the radio programme with a few laughs. Life goes on. But in this case, it doesn’t for one. I don’t know if there’s a connection but it seems that everyone is making one. A tragedy of huge […]

December 2, 2012

1st Sunday of Advent

The Luddites were 19th century textile workers who objected to the introduction of new machinery (with their accompanying lower paid workers) which would rob them of their livelihoods. What is remembered about them, I think, is that they smashed machinery. So when people use the term ‘Luddite’ today they forget the economic side of things […]

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