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Stay in Your Own Lane

The backseat driver (BSD), the Co-Trainer.  They get on my nerves.  Immensely.  Let me give you some examples of what I’m driving at, oh, backseat driver. Long live staying in your own lane!

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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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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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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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Don’t Do It!

A policeman was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. So I ran over and said, “Stop! Don’t do it!” “Why shouldn’t I?” he said. The policeman said, “Well, there’s so much to live for!” He said, “Like what?” The policeman said, “Well, […]

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“I’m not trying to be an RSM, but…”

RSM: Regimental Sergeant Major, also known as the Regimental Scary Monster, the senior soldier in a British Army regiment.  Don’t cross him.  He is a strict disciplinarian, because he has to be. As Church Warden, during the recent CV-19 situation, I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve started a sentence when speaking to […]

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Putting the MP in the HMP

“We hate the sin, but we love the sinner.” Ever since Charlie, my university acquaintance and an ex-Member of Parliament, was jailed in September, I’ve been his prison penpal. By no means does it mean I approve of what he did. But in my opinion, even convicted criminals, especially convicted criminals, need to be shown […]

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The MP in the HMP

“Go to university, and meet lots of interesting people, including the Future Leaders of this Country,” they told me when I arrived as a fresher at university in October 1989. I did meet lots of interesting people, including my room-mate who got jailed for murder, and Charlie, who later became a Tory MP. Charlie and […]

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The Feeding of the Five Thousand

Today I attended church and listened to a very interesting sermon all about the Feeding of the 5000, a Bible story I first heard at primary school in the late 1970’s. The Feeding of the 5000 is the only one of Jesus’ miracles that is mentioned in all four gospels. It was, in fact, 5000 […]

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Happy Yorkshire Day!

Today is Yorkshire Day. An American is on ‘vacation’ in Europe and is touring famous Cathedrals and churches. He visits the Vatican and sees a golden telephone with a sign advertising ‘Calls to God, €1000’. In Paris, he visits Notre Dame and sees the same golden telephone with the same sign advertising ‘Calls to God, […]