Tell It Like It Is

Musing on ‘Tell it like it is’. When does an idiom becomes a cliché? Yesterday ‘telling it like it is’ included ‘no covid-related deaths’, ‘seaside businesses doing well in the good weather’ and, ‘should we delay the final June 21st lifting of Covid-restrictions?’ Apparently ‘We should delay June 21st’… to mid-August?’ Would we jump fromContinue reading “Tell It Like It Is”

Job and the Tulsa Massacre

I’m re-reading the ancient, timeless story of Job. Today it was chapter 2. Some believe it was initially written as a drama to be performed in Greek theatres…. Today we remember it’s 100 years since the Tulsa Massacre, described as the ‘single worst incident of racial violence in American history’. I confess – it’s theContinue reading “Job and the Tulsa Massacre”


I’ve read the end of Nehemiah. Having rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem they’re rebuilding its community: ‘These were the priests and Levites who returned with Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and with Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, Shecaniah, Rehum, Meremoth…’ The list continues. Name after name after name… I enjoy reading the Bible. StoriesContinue reading “Meremoth”

Twaddle and Poppycock

My friend Patrick regularly uses the expression ‘twaddle and poppycock’ – to refer to an opinion, allegation – or anything that he regards as meaningless nonsense… Apparently twaddle is of unknown origin. The only suggestion is that it’s linked to the idea of ‘twiddling your thumbs’…pretty valueless Poppycock comes from two old Dutch words ‘pap’Continue reading “Twaddle and Poppycock”

Living with the Consequences

The council have decided; public opinion is divided. The beach huts on Lowestoft sea front will be built. This new ‘two deck construction’ is certainly controversial. Some think of them as a hideous eyesore, others say they are beautiful and contemporary. Either way they will be built and we must live with the consequences. TheContinue reading “Living with the Consequences”

Out of the Comfort Zone:

St. Drogo, Sister Frances & Andrew Greystone Drogo was born into a noble family in Northern France but lived in humility and austerity as a shepherd. A penitential pilgrim, he visited various sacred shrines, suffering hunger, thirst and physical discomfort. Drogo contracted a debilitating and disfiguring disease. Because his deformities scared those he met heContinue reading “Out of the Comfort Zone:”