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When You Have To Deal With the Back-Seat Driver (der Co-Trainer)

One of the key duties of church warden is dealing with the back-seat driver, who thinks he knows more than the experts, just because the back-seat driver has watched a few YouTube videos.  Here’s an email I had to send out this month to explain to the back-seat driver, umm, actually, I do know what […]

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A crime is a crime is a crime

War crime. Waging aggressive war is a war crime. Murdering innocent men, women and children in war is war crime. Torturing innocent men, women and children in war is war crime. Starving cities full of innocent men, women and children in war is war crime. Crime is crime is crime. Long live Ukraine!

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Not Just a Covid Expert

Back in the autumn of 1976 my Dad came back from Thornton Watlass pub in the Yorkshire Dales. “Well, I never knew there were so many experts on Northern Ireland, drinking in The Buck Inn!” That’s what he exclaimed. He had just come back from a six-month tour of duty at the Maze Prison in […]

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Be the Good Samaritan

Last Monday evening I went to, and interpreted at, a prayer service at church, where we prayed together with five Ukrainian refugees, living a stone’s throw away from church.  Since then, I have had occasionally damp eyes and lump in my throat while thinking of our new church brothers and sisters in Christ.  I’ve also […]

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Pray for them

Two and a bit months ago, our chaplain proposed an evening prayer service for one Monday a month.  I told him I probably would not attend as Monday was my heaviest day and usually early bedtime day. Then Schatz’ mum fell ill, needing hospitalisation and almost daily clinic treatment. Then Ukraine “happened.”  We now have […]

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Putin’s death blow to the Russian language in Ukraine

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The Tories’ loose cannon has turned on them

Originally posted on Wee Ginger Dug:
A week after we were supposed to see the Sue Gray report in full, a report which was going to tell us what we already know, namely that Boris Johnson is a lying entitled rule-breaking hypocrite, we are still waiting, and the lying entitled hypocrite is still firmly ensconced…

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The higher they are, the harder they fall

Perhaps on year’s jail was only the start of it?  Prison penpal, Charlie Elphicke, the ex-MP in the HMP, was released back in September.  Since then he has been in court again. His marriage down the pan. His career down the pan: long-term unemployed. His finances down the pan – applying for Universal Credit (the […]

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I’ve found your purse!

It was time for my Sunday afternoon stroll.  Sunday roast consumed, belly settled, I needed fresh air and a good leg-stretch.  At least that was my excuse to avoid hearing yet another of my Dad’s anecdotes about when he was in the army in Germany back in the 1960’s. “Do tell me yet again about […]

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For richer, for poorer…

My prison penpal, Charlie, The Ex-MP in the HMP, is out of prison. After spending a year in prison, he was released last Tuesday. Here’s what his mother-in-law had to say about his release and subsequent return to the marital home. Ironically, in the Daily Mail, which was his newspaper in prison. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10002699/Why-daughter-taken-Naughty-Tory.html Here’s my […]