Sanctuary Album Release

It’s been a long and challenging road, but the summit is finally in sight. For over a decade I’ve dreamed about this moment. But I confess, for years my lack of pro-activity and self-belief left my songs and creativity dormant and dust-collecting. Until a friend encouraged me to give it a shot, and blessed me with his time and skills to make it happen. So I urge you. Whatever dreams you have, hopes you hold, ambitions you want to achieve. Don’t wait. Don’t sit on them. Don’t dwell in distant daydreams. Act to make them a reality. Like the nineties […]

Hoarder or Chucker?

  Are you a hoarder or a chucker? A keeper or a reaper? Here’s my stance… ‘Merch’ is an honorary title bestowed upon myself by two friends in acknowledgement of my love of merchandise. I don’t even need to buy lots – I just like looking at it. It’s the only form of shopping that I can tolerate. T-shirts, hats, pencils, tea-towels, postcards, key-rings, and my absolute favourite – miniature castles and figurines. You know – like those models of the Eiffel Tower or the Egyptian Pyramids. I once had a small-scale Collosseum that I’d bought in Rome on our […]

President Donald – Jesus is the Trump card

Okay, you caught me. I wrote a post about President Trump just to piggyback my blog onto the incessant publicity he’s getting. Are you as sick as I am of seeing his squishy moronic tangerine face plastered on every Facebook video and much-shared-meme going? So, Trump and Jesus, Jesus and Trump. What do they have in common? They both polarise opinion. They were/are despised by many leaders, and threatened the status quo. They were/are loved by a few intensely loyal followers. However, Jesus didn’t have a face like a bulldog chewing a wasp, and it’s safe to say the comparisons […]

30 Bites of the Elephant

Q: How do you eat an elephant? A: One bite at a time. Writing has always been the ‘elephant in the room’ of my life. The thing I most want to do, but have the least confidence to pursue. So for a long time I ignored it. Every now and then I’d have a nibble of its ear. Get inspired, write some prose or poetry or even start a story. But as spontaneity waned so did my efforts. I ended up staring at the same old elephant, barely bitten round the edges, a few teeth-marks in places, but very much […]

This ancient book, these ancient trees…

  “Ancient woodland has a high value” read the information board in the Devil’s Punch-bowl of forest and fields in Hindhead, Surrey. I pondered the statement as I was walking and reading another ancient article with high value; my Bible. Lynn DeShazo puts it brilliantly “Holy words long preserved, for our walk in this world…” Leafing through the wisdom-rich pages of God’s word is like treading the long-trodden trail between these tree-trunks that have stood here for centuries like nature’s holy sentries. Pillars of strength, life, growth and knowledge; providing shade and shelter for even the most insignificant of invertebrates. I […]

Justice & Mercy

Seventy-one years ago today (20th Nov 1945) the Nuremberg Trials began in Germany, bringing to justice the Nazi military figures who committed such atrocious crimes against humanity in WWII. A day of reckoning. A day of victory for millions of victims and their families. A day of justice. This morning (20th Nov 2016) Pope Francis closed the Holy door at St. Peter’s Basilica, commemorating the end of a year celebrating forgiveness, during which the door was left open as a symbol of these values. The Pope urged us as human beings not to shut the door on reconciliation in our […]

Chico Time

hy do I always pick the seat next to the most irritating person in the pub? Today’s perpetrator was a loudly spoken WAG-wannabe, fussing incessantly over a trophy Chihuahua perched in the high chair beside her like a fluffy babe; a middle-aged woman’s hormonal equivalent of a middle-aged man’s impulsive motorbike purchase. The dog’s name, I discover without trying particularly hard to eavesdrop, it ‘Chico’ – but you’d already guessed that from the first clue hadn’t you? At this point I theorise that Chico’s owner is probably named after the white wine she is trying to sip elegantly in between […]

Thank God for Vomit

There’s nothing quite like twelve hours of D&V, after a week-long chest infection, to take your mind off the latest 4 month spell of depression. These three factors left me feeling quite sorry for myself in the wee hours of this morning. But as the bowels of my digestive system met the bowels of the night, I began to learn afresh about the power of thankfulness. Loathe as I am to admit it, I’m quite a gifted host of pity-parties – particularly when I’m the only one on the guest-list. With the party in full swing on my bathroom floor […]