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Eight Days A Week

On Palm Sunday I learned that people love a donkey but popularity is ephemeral That a brand new hosanna is easier to sing than a broken alleluiah That an epiphany on a day of rest may go dark in the rest of the week   On Fig Monday Something came over me like a red […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

‘To practice being people it may take a lifetime to become…’

Good Morning. As the buses trundle by and passing pedestrians look on quizzically, tomorrow morning I’ll join a hundred others in the garden of our parish church. Slightly self-consciously we’ll wave palm crosses in the air and sing a hymn. Then, with relief, we’ll follow the choir through the old oak doors and into church. […]

‘Shakespeare or Scripture?’

Good Morning. Take a listen to these expressions: ‘Wild goose chase’? ‘Wear your heart on your sleeve’? ‘Mum’s the word’? Are they Shakespeare… or are they Scripture? What about: ‘By the skin of your teeth’? ‘Fight the good fight’? Or ‘Eat drink and be merry’? This month marks the 400th anniversary of the death of […]

‘Football Measures Our Days…’

The football season is reaching its climax. Should Man Utd or Spurs lose this weekend, then 5000/1 outsiders Leicester City will become Premiership Champions. Can a team bereft of superstars, who narrowly avoided relegation a year ago, really do it? On Thursday my own team conceded a last-minute equaliser and were held to a draw. […]

‘Disappear and disconnect yourself…’

A while ago the rock band Radiohead recorded a song called ‘How To Disappear Completely’. This week they tried to do just that. Their website faded to blank. Facebook and Twitter feeds were erased, leaving only a mysterious Instagram clip. A clay model of a chirping blackbird. This absence made the hearts of fans grow […]

‘We Recently Had A Daughter. Now She’s 21’

 Has a  parent got any wisdom for the road ahead ? 21 lines for a 21 year old. It’s no longer called the age of ‘majority’, when you passed from being a minor to a major. But it remains a liminal moment, with a freedom to do now what you might never be able to […]

‘We Play Football, Every Week, Fourteen of Us…’

On playing football with your mates, every week for twenty years. We play football, every week, fourteen of us. And then we go to the pub. It’s a different fourteen every week. The fastest fourteen to reply on Sunday evening, when an email announces the game is on. As it has been every week. For […]

A Small Book Of Poems

Every now and again a small anthology of poets meet up with a small chorus of singer-songwriters and we create an evening called ‘Lyrical’. It’s about celebrating the undiscovered possibilities in words, read or sung. Five of us have now made a small book, offering a  lyrical twist on events we might ordinarily pass by […]