The Cassocked Crusader

I was always more of a ‘Victor’ reader than one for Marvel and DC comics. Alf Tupps, ‘the Tough of the Track’ who trained on fish and chips, ran barefoot and yet still won his races was my Saturday comic hero. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the odd superhero story or two. …

Beware the spin …

In the story of the ‘Man with the twisted lip’ the great detective Sherlock Holmes uncovers a great fraud. A seemingly rich and prosperous man, with good connections and a fine lifestyle has been paying for it all by becoming a profession beggar on the streets of London. His unmasking comes as rather a shock …

Life on the Edge

On Wednesday 10th February 2016 (11.30am – Bridport United Church) Rezwana Islam, a Christian Aid Support Officer, working in Bangladesh, will share stories of the families she has met who have been affected by climate change and by the destructive powers of the Brahmaputra River – and who are living on the edge of survival! …

You Muppet!

We all have our traditions at this time of year and one of mine is sometime in December to watch my favourite Christmas movie. It is based on one of literature’s great books and the cast is studded with huge stars of stage and screen. It can only be ‘The Muppet Christmas Carol’. I am …

Rubbish!

I am just about getting my mind around the new bin rota. So far I have forgotten to put food waste out twice and got the week’s the wrong way round for recycling and general rubbish. Things must improve otherwise I shall have to drive my diesel car to the landfill myself at who knows …

End times?

I can remember sandwich-board men on the streets of Cardiff with the message: ‘Repent for the end is nigh.’ You don’t see them so much these days although one does see ‘Jn. 3.3’ around, which is a different but related message for those who know their bibles. All three of the world’s religions which share …

Jennings and Darbishire

I used to love to read the ‘Jennings’ series of novels of life set in the fictional Linbury Prep School written by Anthony Buckeridge. Jennings and friend Darbishire got into all sorts of scrapes in a school which seemed a place of endless sport, midnight feasts in the dorm and crazy teachers like ‘Old Wilkie’. …

Bags of bags

It is surely one of the saddest tasks in life to go to ones parents home for that final clear-out after they have died. Almost everything one touches has a memory attached to it. It’s over three years now that that task had to be undertaken and there are still several boxes in the garage …

Turning the other cheek

Revenge, it is said, ‘is a dish best eaten cold’. There seems to be some disagreement as to exactly when this proverb was first written but it was certainly widely in circulation by the late 1780’s. When one has suffered a slight or been humiliated it is only too human to feel angry and vindictive …

It’s in the genes.

Researchers in America seem to think they have solved the debate about which is better: cats or dogs? In evolutionary terms it appears that the fossil records shows that felids, the cat family, have been much better at surviving than the canid clan, dogs. Cats were the better hunters and their retractable claws were of …

Boom, boom!

It’s a long time ago, and I was in Primary school, but 1968 was a year filled with violence and protest. The great civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated causing rioting across the United States. Thousands of French students battled with riot police in Paris and in London anti-Vietnam war demonstrators fought …

Brilliant Bridport

Just to Say. People are always popping in and out of St. Mary’s on South Street and many, particularly at this time of year, are visitors from around the country and overseas. One of the things they often say is ‘What a lovely town Bridport is’ and I can only agree. I used to pass …

Blast remembered

   Around fifty people joined the peace march from Bucky Doo Square, via the river and Quaker Peace Garden to St. Mary’s to mark the 70th anniversary of the use of the Atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in 1945. In a moving ceremony young people from Bridport joined with their exchange partners …

Inside Out

  Early days of the school holidays and off to the cinema with grandchildren in tow to watch the new Disney Pixar animation ‘Inside Out’. As has been the case in the past Pixar films can be viewed at so many different levels and ‘Inside Out’ is by far the more complex and engaging of …

Duck! Seagull alert!

In parts of the county of Surrey ‘gulls’ are females who attend single sex schools. Around here gulls are birds of a very different feather and are both annoying and rather alarming at times. Last week I met a rather beautiful Harris hawk and his handler; the team being employed over the summer by a …