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Category Archives: Thought For The Day

‘Sign of Respect’

Good morning. From pop stars to presidents, everyone has been paying their respects to Aretha Franklin, who died this week. That word ‘RESPECT’ is emblematic of her life, all the way from her roots – singing gospel music in the Detroit church of her minister father – to becoming the Queen of Soul, one of […]

Slow Dawning Epiphanies

Good Morning. On Thursday llhan Omar was sworn in as a member of the US House of Representatives. She is one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, the first to wear a hijab and the first Somali American. She captured her remarkable story in a social media post the night before. ‘23 […]

‘Ritual Is Poetry In Action’

Good morning.   So far so good. Twelve days in and alcohol has still not passed my lips. My January remains dry. I had a slight scare with a bottle of non-alcoholic beer which was not as pure as advertised… but luckily I noticed before partaking. My virtue remains unsullied. Perhaps you’ve embarked on veeg-anuary – going […]

An ‘Existential Singularity’

Good Morning. Today 40,000 people are making final  preparations for the London Marathon. Some of them can barely believe they’re actually going to do this tomorrow – running 26 miles for fun is not who they thought they were. And in an hour or so, across Britain, another 170,000 people embark on their own weekly […]

Morning!

Good morning. Did you notice that? Good Morning. It’s such a common greeting that we often fail to notice we’re making it.   Or receiving it. A mark of ordinary civility which we can miss while we’re not paying attention. But in an era where public discourse is coarsened – not least on social media – […]

WD40 that oils the creaking hinges of our friendships

The F word. It’s one of the most provocative in the English language. We use it sparingly. It takes us by surprise, going against our natural instincts. The F Word is forgiveness. Some people can practice it. Jill Saward, who has died this week, was among them. She became a household name after being attacked […]

Overlooked

Good Morning. A new section in The New York Times features the novelist Charlotte Bronte, the poet Sylvia Plath, the transgender activist Marsha P Johnson and Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer. The section is called Overlooked and most of its subjects are women or people of colour because – as the paper says – it overlooked […]

How the practice of faith is good for the soul…

Most weeks I play football with a bunch of other middle-aged men defying time’s wear & tear… along with some much younger and faster players. With no referee and in the heat of the moment, we sometimes get decisions wrong. Was that a foul? A penalty? The action replay comes afterwards, via selective memory, over […]

Giving Flowers To Strangers

I had never heard of Jack Webber until a funeral notice in the Daily Telegraph last week which described him as a ‘charmer, clock-collector, wit and Royal Navy Commander’. He had died at 101 but what struck me, was the simple request in the final line of the notice. It said, ‘To commemorate Jack, please […]

‘Welcome To The Age of Uncertainty’

‘Good Morning… and welcome to the age of uncertainty. I had to look the phrase up after I noticed it on the faces of my children. The age when all bets are off. When your country has voted to head out of the European Union and both those who are elated about it – and […]