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Competence and Maturity

Yesterday… …Rob, from the International Boatbuilding Training College,  came to our Men’s Shed for our safety training, talking about and demonstrating the safe use of our workshop machines. One Health and Safety Executive (HSE) directive made me smile: ‘Ensure that people under the age of 18 have the competence and maturity to operate woodworking machines…’…

My Friend Darkness

Hello darkness, my old friendI’ve come to talk with you again… Paul Simon songs were an important part of my teenage years… Generally in life light is good, darkness is bad. It’s good when we ‘see the light’ or a child is ‘bright’; it’s bad when we’re ‘kept in the dark’ or we go through…

Short Arm Syndrome

Moses has led Israel out of Egypt into the desert. They complain that they don’t have the right food… Moses complains to his God, ‘Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot and you say, ‘I will give them meat to eat for a whole month.’’   God replies, ‘Is the Lord’s arm…

Curtain’s Up

Curtain’s up on another week. There’s a weekly show that I feature in called ‘My Life’. It’s show that’s been running… well, all of my life. There’s a daily performance, no rehearsals and an unwritten script. Other actors share my stage – a longsuffering wife, and good, reliable friends who I depend on to play…

I Met Jesus At The Crossroads

A couple of weeks ago at church Esther preached on this verse: ‘This is what the LORD says: ‘Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.’ But you said, ‘We will not walk in…

Freddy… CHIMP & SHRIMPS

Yesterday… …There were reports that ex-cricketer and TV presenter Freddie Flintoff is taking a break from his TV work commitments. He’s recovering from injuries sustained during a terrifying crash whilst filming ‘Top Gear’ last month. The Sun reported: ‘He is putting his career on hold until he is in a better place mentally and physically,…

The Mousetrap

In 1969 Rachel, doing her nursing training in London, was given free tickets to see ‘The Mousetrap’. We went. Last night we saw this famous Agatha Christie murder mystery again in Norwich. It’s an excellent show… 8 people in a guest house are cut off by a snowstorm… one is a murderer… Musing… …Hidden secrets……

What’s Best?

Yesterday’s news included the new indoor skatepark that’s opened at the 15th-century St Peter Parmentergate Church in Norwich. We saw the enthusiasm and skills of skateboarders and heard their passion, dedication and determination to be successful. Skateboarders and the local authorities think that is the best use for the building. Faith communities and historians may…

Offended and Upset

Yesterday I wrote about ‘nitty gritty’. Several concerned friends contacted me… The London Evening Standard (May 2002) stated: ‘…expressions such as “nitty gritty” are increasingly being banned by Britain’s police forces because of their racist overtones… the phrase originates from the 18th century slave trade and refers to the detritus left behind in the hold…

Getting Down To The Nitty Gritty

I’ve heard this phrase used several times recently… One dictionary definition: ‘If people get down to the nitty-gritty of a matter, situation, or activity, they discuss the most important, basic parts of it or facts about it.’ I’ve been reading about ancient Jewish sacrifices… If you broke the Jewish law it might have been accidentally;…

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