Ever noticed how old pottery has a beauty all of its own? I’d love to be a pottery expert. I go aorund charity shops with my wife, Katy, and I’ve seen some of the blue and white stuff from China and I don’t know if I’m looking an Ming or Han dynasty. But there can be a real beauty, even in stuff that is old and cracked. Sometimes they deliberatly put in errors into the firing process. I think they call it crackle glaze, like in the photo here. Sometimes I feel like I am old and cracked. No longer … Continue reading Cracked Pots
For too many centuries, history has been written by men. The voice of women has not been heard. So it’s great to celebrate the first votes for women this week. It is a joy and a delight that we live in an age where true equality it within our grasp, even if not quite totally here yet. The voices of women really do need to be heard. One of the extraordinary things about the Bible is how Jesus treated women. We don’t know a great deal about many of the women in the New Testament, but what we do know … Continue reading Mary, Mary, quite contrary?
Are there any foods you really hate? I’ve two at the top of my revulsion list. Bananas and olives. Bananas are just slimy. I can’t stand the texture. And the salty, bitter taste of olives? Yeuch! In perhaps the oldest … Continue reading The unluckiest man ever
Prince Phillip is known for not always being politically correct. He once said, “If a man opens the car door for his wife it is either a new car or a new wife.” The sad reality is that there’s some truth in that. The first flush of romance in a relationship can fade pretty quickly. I was looking at divorce rates in the UK. The headline figure stands at around 42%. You can read more info here. But essentially if you last the first ten years, you’re in with a good chance of staying the course. Some marriages look dodgy … Continue reading How messed up is too messed up?
Katy’s grandma was bombed during the Second World War. Her mum was a small child & both mum & grandma hid under the dining table while the rubble fell around them. Grandma vowed never to like the Germans and she … Continue reading A reluctant hero
Burnout is a really unpleasant phenomena. Exhaustion, Lack of motivation, Frustration & Cynicism, the ‘fight or flight’ instincts make it hard to remember things, your job performance falls off a cliff. All are signs of burnout says Dr Ballard of … Continue reading Burn out in the fast lane
Have you ever tried to fix something but ended up making the situation a whole lot worse? Me and DIY don’t go together so well. I had a stain once on my coffee table. I tried using the sanding tool on my electric drill to smooth it off. That’s when I realised it was veneered. I ended up having to chuck out the whole coffee table. What was once a beautiful table ended up as junk at the recycling centre. King David has a ‘coffee table’ situation. David is the youngest son of Jesse, a sheep farmer from the village … Continue reading A man after God’s own heart
A judge was in his office with the lawyers from the prosecution and defence standing in front of him. “This is totally unacceptable”, he glared at them. “You, lawyer Jones have sent me a bribe of £10,000 And you, Lawyer … Continue reading Judges