Category Archives: A great future behind me

The effects of transmitted stress

SWMBO draws my attention to an article in yesterday’s Church Times (13 October 2017) that explores the effects of clergy stress on clergy spouses. The background to this is a recent survey in which clergy declare themselves on the whole … Continue reading

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A few days in Texas

Susan, Ed and I had a few days with granddaughter Abby, Hugh’s widow and her extended family. It was lovely to see them. I was with Hugh’s former colleagues, and some friends of his came from Seattle to see us. … Continue reading

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Placentas and pizzas

Mrs Windsor née Middleton is pregnant. It’s in the newspapers so it must be true. First, I have to get this hobbyhorse off my chest. The correct spelling of fetus is fetus, not foetus, the word being related to felix, … Continue reading

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Questions and answers

I’ve recently been asked to answer questions about my life. Here are some of them with my responses. Family and growing up I suppose I’m a border reiver, a hybrid Cumbrian Scot. I was born in Carlisle and brought up 20 miles … Continue reading

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A Swiftian circular argument

None for ages, then three at once. Like buses. Funerals I’m talking about. And what a trio: the 20-year-old murdered in Jerusalem, then two from the same extended family with strong church and business connexions—big funerals. They don’t half take it … Continue reading

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Sounds exactly like duck

I knew Hannah, the young woman who was killed in Jerusalem yesterday (Good Friday). She was blessed with three great qualities of intellect, namely vitality, suppleness and rigour. She was therefore good fun. Think of her parents. Before that news … Continue reading

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Rail Europe

A Great Rail Journey trip to Austria is in the offing for 2017. London, Cologne, Rhine, Munich (whether via Stuttgart or Nuremberg I know not), then five nights Innsbruck. It’ll be our third GRJ jolly. The first was 11 years … Continue reading

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