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Recent Blog Posts

Posted: 2 days 5 hours ago

Yesterday, at 7.13pm, the Drupal Security Team issued a public service announcement: Drupal 7 and 8 core highly critical release on March 28th, 2018 PSA-2018-001 .

This needs a bit of background to understand.

How Drupal Core Updates Normally Work

Updates to Drupal Core fall into one of new kinds.

The first kind squashes...Read more

Posted: 1 week 1 day ago

Having travelled between France and Italy through the tunnel de Fréjus, I thought I'd post a few tips and facts to help others

The Fréjus tunnel is one of two tunnels carrying motorway traffic underneath the Alps between France and Italy. The other is the Mont Blanc tunnel to the north east of Fréjus. Each is about 8 miles long. The tunnel opened in 1980. It is currently a single-bore...Read more
Posted: 1 week 2 days ago

There are many scams doing the rounds. People must fall for them often enough to make it worth the criminals' time to keep trying. Here's one which you'll likely meet if you ever register a domain name. If you've just registered your first domain name, there's a risk that your lack of experience will make you vulnerable to panic and respond. So I'll post this to unpick how this works, and to...Read more

Recent Sermons

Preached On: 11 Mar 2018

One of the crises in the modern world is hunger. Actually, it’s not new: There have always been people who are desperately hungry. In parts of Africa, crops have failed year on year, often because of a lack of rain. But even in our own country, some struggle to find enough to eat.

It’s Mothering Sunday. Even more desperate than hunger in general is the mother who cannot feed her......

Preached On: 25 Feb 2018

I wonder what you made of that story.

Many people find it a hard one to read. I don’t know how you picture Jesus.

To some, Jesus was a bit of a hippy. Long hair. Goatee beard. Watching butterflies flap around the field.

Charles Wesley wrote a hymn for children entitled “Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild”. The hymn actually has moderately rich content. But for many people the.....

Preached On: 18 Feb 2018

Last week, we were thinking about how easily a religion can become a clique. An exclusive club, that leaves you feeling left out if you’re not one of the initiated ones.

Judaism was never meant to be exclusive. God gave his people great privilege, so that they might share this with all the nations. But instead of sharing those privileges, they’d hoarded them.

Matthew chapter 15....


A random sample from some of the people I read online, taken from the past 24 hours.

From the blog: Blog & Mablog
24/03/2018 - 01:00

“If God created the world, put one man and one woman in it, married them to each other, and established that as a pattern for the rest of human history, then marriage should be defined in accordance with that reality. If He did nothing of the kind, and we actually evolved out of the primordial goo, then we get to shape and define it however we would like it to go” (Empires of Dirt...

From the blog: CloudFlare
24/03/2018 - 12:00

Are you based in London or Barcelona? Drop by the Cloudflare London office to meet Kenton Varda, lead architect of Cloudflare Workers, front end developers Marta Bondyra and David Sancho from Typeform, or drop by the Typeform office in Barcelona to hear from Jason Harmon, Typeform’s Chief Platform Officer. My Developer Relations teammates and I are visiting these cities over the next...

From the blog: Anglican Ink
23/03/2018 - 17:52

Provisional plans for a season of repentance and prayer across the Anglican Communion next year have been put forward by the Task Group which was 

You'll also find me in a few other places online, such as …

Other Websites

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. Visit mandel.org.uk
  • 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. Visit lifetocome.co.uk
  • Kemsing with Woodlands ChurchesThe two churches in west Kent where I'm the vicar / minister / pastor. Visit kemsingwithwoodlands.org

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