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Neil’s Blog

Most Mondays Rev Neil blogs on issues that get his soul, cells and creative juices working. It’s a discipline he has valued since blogging from Delhi’s CW Games in 2010.

Neil loves connecting with people and especially enjoys comments and conversations resulting from his blogs. Locally, The Irvine Times print his blogs and photos, while internationally they reach a wider audience and community of world-wide bloggers.

Neil Urquhart

Oxymoron

“Oxymoron!” sounds insulting doesn’t it? Oxymorons can be coined to insult and crack jokes, but they can beautifully hold two seeming opposites / contradictions together in one mysterious and marvellous truth.   ‘Shopping Heaven’ is an oxymoron for me, ‘Hell’ coming to my mind long before ‘Heaven’, but for some of you there is no contradiction there. An oxymoron combines two normally contradictory terms. Oxymoron [...]

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Slipstream

19 October 2020|

“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 [...]

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More Than Conkers!

12 October 2020|

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 [...]

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Worry God?

5 October 2020|

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 [...]

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Braw Beauty!

28 September 2020|

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 [...]

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JOY!

21 September 2020|

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 [...]

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LIAR

14 September 2020|

The rabbit was rooted to the spot, its eyes caught in the car’s headlights. Meeeewow, the car rolled on oblivious to the carnage, and the rest is history! Such is the overwhelming scale of need [...]

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Kudos

31 August 2020|

One of the beauties of long-distance road-cycling is that you have plenty of opportunity to process stuff. Each wheel revolution oils the whirring of your heart, mind and soul to reflect, look forward, adjust and [...]

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‘Apprehensive’

10 August 2020|

‘Apprehensive’ is the chief adjective being used to describe our approaches to starting school, phased return to work, church services, employment seeking, and finding a positive ‘new norm’.   Apprehension is being ‘anxious or fearful [...]

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The Test.

3 August 2020|

Some people imagine heaven with a window overlooking a famous Cricket Ground, but that sounds more like Hell to me, watching Test Cricket more akin to watching paint dry, but I was wrapped by Amazon [...]

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Man Tears!

27 July 2020|

It doesn’t take much to reduce me to a puddle of tears, but it wasn’t always like that. I can be the only person sobbing in a full cinema, able to cry at the slightest [...]

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Strava

20 July 2020|

“If it’s not on Strava…!” implyies that, unless a cycle, run, swim or walk is recorded on your Strava app’ it never happened. My phone ran out of juice almost mid-coast to coast cycle from [...]

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Lost or Found?

29 June 2020|

John Lennon’s claim that “The Beatles are more popular than Jesus!” was like throwing oil on America’s fiery Bible Belt, where it whipped a storm. Lennon made numerous ‘tongue in cheek’ (?) remarks: that he [...]

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