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From 1984 to 1988 I was fortunate to attend St Andrew's School, Turi , in the highlands of Kenya. The school had a pleasant climate. At an altitude of c. 8,000 ft, it was often still very warm, but the cooler nights meant that the school had what we used to call "real grass". Contrast much of the lower lying parts of Kenya, where the grass is brown in...Read more
I was reading part of Luke chapter 1, and was struck by the fact that Luke tells us that it was the angel Gabriel who visits Zechariah and Mary. Why did that strike me? Well, lots of angels appear in the birth narratives, and we’re not given their names. So why name this angel?
Compare the following:An angel persuades Joseph to proceed with his planned marriage...Read more
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I'll post this here in case anyone else is searching for this issue
Since my computer updated to Windows 10, build number 1607 (also known as the "Anniversary Update", because it was a feature release timed to coincide with a year since the first release of Windows 10), I've been getting an error when I try to run any command in a command prompt window:
[0x7FFCF5BB70E3] ANOMALY...Read more
Are you trying to find out which Church of England Parish you live in? Simply put your postcode into the search tool below:Postcode
The Church of England's Parish System
I don't know how long this has been the case. If you know, please leave a comment to educate me about this. However, England is divided up into a number of distinct, non-overlapping,...Read more
I have huge respect for Christopher Idle. I love the hymns he writes. And he's a godly man with a wise, pastoral heart. I was searching for some of his hymns, when I found something rather different.
Doubtless, many readers of this will be familiar with Henry Scott Holland's poem Death is Nothing at all . For those who don't know it:
Death is nothing at all. It does...Read more
What do you make of the person of Jesus? To many he was little more than one of the great figures of history. A good teacher, who said some memorable and wise things. Some doubt he even existed. To Christians, he’s much more than a good teacher. He’s our Lord and our God. Our Saviour and our King.
To work out what you make of him, you’d need to look at the evidence. It’s something many....
What did you make of that reading? It’s a strange story. One that some people find hard to relate to.
We’re looking at it because today we return to Matthew’s Gospel. A year or so ago we got to the end of Matthew 13 , and today we pick up at the start of......
A talk from 9 Lessons and Carols in 2017.
The world can be a dark place.
It’s been quite a year. I searched the internet for newspaper headlines from 2017. I got many screens full, from all over the world.
Here are some:
Suspected cop killer shot dead.
British meat in horse hormone scandal.
Carnage at pop concert.
NHS cuts 15000......
A random sample from some of the people I read online, taken from the past 24 hours.
For a number of years now we've been trying to beat into the general consciousness something very important about life expectancy figures. No one, ever, measures the age at which people born in a particular place die. What is measured is the age at which people living in a place at the time of their death die. This is an important distinction.
Retirement towns (say, Bournemouth, just to...
You'll also find me in a few other places online, such as …
I also maintain a few other websites:
- Mandelbrot ExplorerThis is an easy to use, totally free, fractal explorer — explore the Mandelbrot Set and the Julia Sets, starting with one of 6 inbuilt colour schemes, but with a totally flexible layers-based way to colour your fractals exactly as you wish. There are many other features - visit the website to find out more.
- Books by Mary OakleyMy late grandmother compiled 5 little booklets of poems and prayers that helped her at various stages of her life. Visit the website to find out more about these booklets, or to order online.
- Kemsing with Woodlands ChurchesThe two churches in west Kent where I'm the vicar / minister / pastor.
- FrenchTravel.UKA forum site for British people to discuss everything to do with visiting France and wider afield in Europe. This spawned from some heavily discussed blog posts on this site, and is now just getting going as a discussion site in its own right.