Thought for the Week

May 5, 2019

The Third Sunday of Easter

I had the misfortune of working on the wrong version of an essay this week. A student had emailed me a draft for comment. I am usually pretty meticulous about naming the files but this time I simply got it wrong and forgot that I had already commented on this version. (I did won-der why […]

April 28, 2019

The Second Sunday of Easter

I do not wish to be morose at this Easter time – and I don’t think I am in chocolate withdrawal – but there does seem to be a lot of death around. I noticed it at the First Aid course I attended at Westfield House on Friday. Now it was a very good course […]

April 21, 2019

The Resurrection of Our Lord

Earlier this year the news came from South Africa that 3 funeral companies were suing a pastor regarding his stunt of raising a dead man from the coffin because the funeral companies believed themselves to have been played off against each, duped, and suffered reputational damage as a result of the stunt. Now, I do […]

April 14, 2019

Palm Sunday

Recalling Sesame Street which was brought to us by particular letters and numbers, today’s news and views and social commentary seem to be stuck on the letter ‘B’. It is so dominant that it sucks in everything near to it. It consumes inexorably. Nothing escapes its orbit and once in its thrall there seems to […]

April 7, 2019

The Fifth Sunday in Lent

I am writing this when the cross party political talks in Westminster are entering another day, when there is criticism that a backbench bill cleared all the stages in hours in the House of Commons when such a process is usually months and is now to be debated in the House of Lords, when the […]

March 31, 2019

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

The letter is from a 2016 claim for asylum here in the UK. The letter denied asylum to the claimant. The Home Office letter to this Iranian Christian disputed the claimant’s assertion that she/he became a convert to Christianity because it was a ‘peaceful’ faith. The Home Office wrote that such an assertion was ‘inconsistent’ […]

March 24, 2019

The Third Sunday in Lent

Charlotte and I had a good break. It is nice to get away and see something different – more museums, walking tours, history, geography, and a nice amount of lovely food! Although Charlotte had been on them before, we did do a Beatles Tour in Liverpool. We are children of the 60s and the Beatles […]

March 17, 2019

The Second Sunday in Lent

I recent read the full judgement of a County Court judge for the crime of sexual abuse of children. I skipped some bits relating to the details of the abuse but read the judge’s comments on the victim impact; the gravity of offending; contextual items; the process of sentencing and what is and isn’t considered […]

March 10, 2019

The First Sunday in Lent

The play ‘The Cane’ which was at the Royal Court is unsettling. Reading the script was tough enough; I don’t want to see a performance. It tells the story of a deputy head of a comprehensive school on the eve of retirement after 45 years at the same school and the discovery that this now […]

March 3, 2019

The Transfiguration of Our Lord

I am feeling nostalgic. Charlotte and I saw the London premiere of the Australian film ‘Ladies in Black’ (and yes, if you get a chance to see it, do so). I very much enjoyed the film set in a big department store in Sydney in the summer of 1959-1960. It follows the lives of 4 […]

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