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First hearing about PM Boris ‘proroguing’ parliament, I wondered if it had something to do with ‘Pierogis’, Stuffed Dumplings! “Fair definition, Neil” you might say. Of course, now we all know that ‘Proroguing Parliament’ is ‘asking for it to be suspended or extended’.

Whatever our personal perspective […]

2019-09-16T16:02:54+01:0016 September 2019|Comments Off on Pierogis  

Blog Fog?

So why blog on Monday mornings? It’s not as if I don’t have a few other things to do.


It all started at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, trying to include my church, local community, friends and family in my journey there as a chaplain in […]

2019-09-10T15:01:05+01:0010 September 2019|Comments Off on Blog Fog?

Dream Team!

30 years ago, when I started as ‘meenister’ at Fullarton, I didn’t imagine me still here today! I thought 25 years max’, not wanting to outstay my welcome. Yet, God had other plans and yesterday, one day after my ordination anniversary, I’d another of those dream […]

2019-08-19T12:27:28+01:0019 August 2019|Comments Off on Dream Team!


A week in The Borders, at St Mary’s Loch, sweet sojourn in Eden. A church building (1845) converted (1986) into a home with gorgeous garden, now a friend’s holiday house, became a magical door into kaleidoscopic cathedral colours, recreation and royal rest. Inspired by ‘Gideon Heugh’, his […]

2019-08-12T16:22:01+01:0012 August 2019|Comments Off on Visitation


Soeren was intrigued to watch a flock of geese fail to fly south with colder weather. But the novelty of a grounded gaggle planted around his pond gave way to pity several seasons later when they hadn’t left, paying no heed to the honking of fellow flocks on high, flying south. They’d feel inspired for […]

2019-07-29T17:30:24+01:0029 July 2019|Comments Off on Stuck?


Tenting in torrential rain isn’t great timing. I remember wishing I had a kayak or dinghy for a bed, while camping in a deluge. How many times have we felt ‘in the right place at the wrong time’? At a weekend music festival, friends found an idyllic, […]

2019-06-24T17:13:27+01:0024 June 2019|Comments Off on Timing


Why gossip & engage in casual, unconstrained chat about other people, typically involving hearsay & unconfirmed details? What needs do we meet by spreading such tittle-tattle, rumours, whispers, tales & stories? Is it a lack of contentment, excitement or esteem in our lives, and the chance to feel better about ourselves at another’s expense? Perhaps […]

2019-06-17T16:02:41+01:0017 June 2019|Comments Off on Gossip

Passionate Persistence

Ace Story-Teller Jesus coined a cracker in ‘Maw, Paw & The Broons’ Bairns & Beasts’. At mid-night a traveller turned up at Joktan’s seeking sleep & sustenance. Jok’s cupboard’s bare, so he jumps next door rattling Broon’s door for help, “Gie us some breed (bread) will […]

2019-06-10T15:16:24+01:0010 June 2019|Comments Off on Passionate Persistence

What A Keeper!?

Ok, ‘Watching grass grow’ is more gripping than Saturday’s European Champions League Cup Final played out, but, as a neutral (well almost, I fondly remember Pool’s previous European victories) I was delighted to see Jurgen Klopp’s Crew reap some reward from their remarkable year in which they […]

2019-06-03T09:34:31+01:003 June 2019|Comments Off on What A Keeper!?

Grace & Grit

 The docufilm ‘Kim Swims’ (Netflix) stirs & inspires me; the story of marathon open water swimmer Kimberley Chambers becoming the first woman to swim 30 miles from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge through cold, rough & shark-populated waters off San Francisco, one of only a few people to complete the ‘Ocean’s seven biggest […]

2019-05-27T15:46:23+01:0027 May 2019|Comments Off on Grace & Grit