In a seedy hotel in Paris, Oscar Wilde lay on his death bed. His life had been a search for beauty and elegance. He had been a master of wit and adventure; until his life crashed. Continue reading “Laughter, – an antidote to fear, death and the human condition.”
WATCHING a previous Archbishop of Canterbury being grilled by a QC last week was like watching a slow-motion car crash. Having your internal self-contradictions exposed by a skilful interrogator in the public gaze is the stuff nightmares are made of. Continue reading “Cover up and abuse: Winchester, Canterbury, York, Hull, Gloucester, Jersey…., ~ in and by the Church. Corruption in the Church of England.”
“’Tis better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all”.
For Tennyson, who wrote this in his poem In Memoriam, longing and loving is what makes us truly human. There have been different kinds of longing this summer. Longing for England to win the World Cup again and bring it home. Longing for our heroes to triumph in tennis and cricket. Continue reading “Winning and losing, and how sport gives the lie to ‘equality’.”
The news from my old university, Bristol, is that there have been ten student suicides in the last 18 months. It must worry the university in particular, and parents everywhere. Continue reading “University suicides, drugs, ecstasy and God.”
On the one hand, conspiracy theories are not good for one’s mental health. On the other, “just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean they are not out to get you.’ Continue reading “The septic threat of ‘guilt by association’- and the antidote in Christ (& Voltaire).”
Every so often something happens to you which propels you into a different world. It’s not usually a better world, and it is accompanied by a sense of shock.
Philosophers have called it a ‘disclosure moment’. We, the public, talk about ‘the penny dropping.’ They come as small pennies, and huge ones. Mine today dropped with a thud that felt ominous.
It’s about Syria and the newspapers. Continue reading “As Robert Fisk interviews the Dr at the Douma clinic in Syria who claims the injuries were caused by dust, Gavin Ashenden questions our own Establishment’s reliance on propaganda.”
I first met Charles Haddon-Cave when I was 15. I had walked into a kettle I had left to boil on the floor, and the boiling water had burnt all the skin off around my ankle, so I was sent to the Sanatorium until it grew back. He had something infectious. We chatted a bit to while away the time, and got to know each other. Neither of us knew much about Islam at the time; or indeed Christianity. Subsequently we both ended up studying law at university, and he went on to become a judge. Continue reading “The new ‘hate-laws’ require us to determine if Islam is a religion of peace; the judiciary is muddled; a comparison with Jesus helps.”
I’m beginning with an apology this week. I am going to be a little personal and, if not defend myself (which I know I should not do,) at least try to explain myself a little, in case it might be helpful. Continue reading “‘Sex’ is no consolation for the loss of free speech, and the capacity to test & discover the Truth with each other.”
It has always seemed strange to me that once the gay community won their freedom to marry in civil law, as well having gained legal protection in civil partnerships, they should move onto the offensive and attack the rights of Christian clergy and churches to retain their own distinctive definition of marriage.
After all, the gay community understandably pitched their case to the rest of society saying, “look this is how we are – these are our values- please respect us and allow the law to reflect and affirm our life styles and convictions. Continue reading “Gay marriage and conscience clauses (published in Jersey where conscience clauses are being debated)”