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Gonna Be Alright!

What do you think of Christmas trees going up so long before Christmas? I know some of you groan, but I get that some people want lights and colour up earlier than usual due to the dark shadow of Covid. Thankfully lockdown rules will be relaxed […]

2020-12-01T09:29:26+00:001 December 2020|Comments Off on Gonna Be Alright!


“Good! Fine! Okay. Not Bad. Rank Rotten!” How honestly do you answer the routine question, “How’re you doing / going?” How well do you mask how harassed & harangued you are? My trite polite answers are: “Good!” “Cream Crackered (tired) but Well!” Or, if things are […]

2020-11-23T08:59:31+00:0023 November 2020|Comments Off on Stop-It! 


“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing (dream) fulfilled is a tree of life.” runs the Proverb (13:12).

John Cleese, in the movie ‘Clockwise’ chimes well with my experience of following Scotland at football. Farce falls further into farce as he (head teacher) evades his longing to reach an award ceremony and […]

2020-11-16T08:14:43+00:0016 November 2020|Comments Off on HOPE!


With Tier 3 Restrictions in Scotland, and degrees of lockdown elsewhere, comes a fresh wave of discouragement, discontent and concern for people’s wellbeing. There are many breaking & broken people in our community & world, through: lost loved ones, fear of untreatable illness, restricted freedom, lost […]

2020-11-02T13:26:11+00:002 November 2020|Comments Off on Remembering


NUTZ, what a legend! Fr Wull and Ma’sel, chatting about UK daylight-saving time and gaining an extra hour on our short 9.30am Irvine Beat Soul Sunday Show, were recognising the vital importance of Light and Light Bearers, Good News and Good News Sharers, as we delve […]

2020-10-25T10:03:07+00:0025 October 2020|Comments Off on NUTZ!


“Honk, Honk!” Have you noticed the wild geese flying overhead in V-formations? “Honk, Honk!” you hear them before seeing them, such is the din of their in-flight entertainment. What is going on up there and why such a racket? Apparently, it’s not the latest gossip, but […]

2020-10-19T12:44:16+01:0019 October 2020|Comments Off on Slipstream

More Than Conkers!

It’s funny how sights and smells can summon sharp memories! Waterside has horse chestnut trees heaving with ‘conkers’, which hang heavy in their spiky green capsules. And yesterday I had a pleasant walk with my dear 90 year old Maw past the burn crossing, where (Way […]

2020-10-12T13:09:16+01:0012 October 2020|Comments Off on More Than Conkers!

Worry God?

Does God Worry? Not if God is All-Knowing, All-seeing, Always Present, All-Loving, Almighty All, The Great I AM (full stop)! IN CHARGE!!! But, Did Jesus (God as human) Get Anxious? Jesus’ earthly life shows God entering into our worries and anxiety: thoroughly disturbed at Lazarus’s grave, […]

2020-10-05T09:11:16+01:005 October 2020|Comments Off on Worry God?

Braw Beauty!

What a blast of beauty is the 5 Ferries Challenge. Around 90 miles cycling, it takes you from Irvine – Ardrossan – Brodick – Lochranza – Claonaig – Tarbert – Portavadie – Colintraive – Rhubodach – Rothesay – Wemyss-Bay and back to Irvine within the same […]

2020-09-28T09:08:34+01:0028 September 2020|Comments Off on Braw Beauty!


What gives you joy or drains your joy? Curiously, Ingrid F Lee in her TED Talk, “Where joy hides and how to find it” cites from scientific research, that ‘circles’ and ‘curves’ give us humans more joy than other shapes, while ‘jaggy edged’ objects have the […]

2020-09-21T11:13:13+01:0021 September 2020|Comments Off on JOY!