To Encourage the Others

Voltaire had a keen, but non-military involvement in the 1756 battle of Minorca. Although supportive of the French led by the Duc de Richelieu, Voltaire was sympathetic with the defeated British Admiral Byng, who was executed for his failure to defend the garrison at...

And He Came to His Senses

I think one of the most poignant expressions in the bible is when the younger son in the parable in Luke Ch 15 v11 – 31, realises his true situation and starts the journey back home. It says: “And when he came to himself” or as some versions have it “When he came to...

A Creationist At Rest

My wife Catherine is the gardener in our family and she has a much greater awareness of nature than I. However, on one particularly sunny day recently when she opted to eat her lunch in the garden, I decided to join her. The recent weather – alternating very wet and...

A Pig by Any Other Name?

When William the Conqueror invaded our fair Isle nearly a thousand years ago, though his vital battle was at Hastings in Sussex, one of his targets was Canterbury just under fifty miles away. Though the defeated (and killed) King Harold was from Wessex, he had been...

Revisiting the Peter Principle

I do not generally take a great deal of interest in the news, but I have been trying to follow some of the reports about the Great Post Office Scandal. It is surely one of the greatest miscarriages of justice in recent history. I am sure that the first reaction of...

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

“Though the fig tree may not blossom,Nor fruit be on the vines;Though the labour of the olive may fail,And the fields yield no food;Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,And there be no herd in the stalls -Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,I will joy in the God...

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