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April 7, 2019

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

I am writing this when the cross party political talks in Westminster are entering another day, when there is criticism that a backbench bill cleared all the stages in hours in the House of Commons when such a process is usually months and is now to be debated in the House of Lords, when the […]

March 31, 2019

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

The letter is from a 2016 claim for asylum here in the UK. The letter denied asylum to the claimant. The Home Office letter to this Iranian Christian disputed the claimant’s assertion that she/he became a convert to Christianity because it was a ‘peaceful’ faith. The Home Office wrote that such an assertion was ‘inconsistent’ […]

March 24, 2019

The Third Sunday in Lent

Charlotte and I had a good break. It is nice to get away and see something different – more museums, walking tours, history, geography, and a nice amount of lovely food! Although Charlotte had been on them before, we did do a Beatles Tour in Liverpool. We are children of the 60s and the Beatles […]

March 17, 2019

The Second Sunday in Lent

I recent read the full judgement of a County Court judge for the crime of sexual abuse of children. I skipped some bits relating to the details of the abuse but read the judge’s comments on the victim impact; the gravity of offending; contextual items; the process of sentencing and what is and isn’t considered […]

March 10, 2019

The First Sunday in Lent

The play ‘The Cane’ which was at the Royal Court is unsettling. Reading the script was tough enough; I don’t want to see a performance. It tells the story of a deputy head of a comprehensive school on the eve of retirement after 45 years at the same school and the discovery that this now […]

March 14, 2018

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

The ELCE is currently having a global ‘Health and Safety’ audit done. Health and safety is a topic that can generate a range of emotions! It is part and parcel of our world and the organisations in which we’re involved. Inspections, audits, paperwork, policies, checks and rechecks are the scaffolding our society uses to keep […]

February 25, 2018

The Second Sunday in Lent

I had a computer glitch on my laptop at Westfield House. I judged it to be a genuine problem not a scam but I couldn’t fix it. So rather than try and work it out by myself, I contacted the company online and soon I was chatting to an online helper. I learnt a long […]

February 18, 2018

The First Sunday in Lent

I heard an interesting statistic recently that 25% of the adult population here have a criminal record. I was surprised and so were others … and a bit of research revealed that perhaps the statistic isn’t too far wrong – though with many qualifications! The general view emerged that it was probably lower than 25% […]

February 28, 2016

The Third Sunday in Lent

My first ‘encounter’ with sharks was when I was quite young – I don’t exactly remember when (but I’m guessing I was around 6 years old). I say ‘encounter’ because I didn’t see the shark and I wasn’t anywhere near water at the time. But we all knew about sharks so it was really a […]

February 21, 2016

The Second Sunday in Lent

So the United Kingdom will go to the polls on 23rd June about whether to remain in or leave the European Union and already the sides are forming, the arguments are being heard, and the call to decision making (already billed as the biggest decision ‘in our lifetimes’) has begun. The media will love it […]

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