In 1993, we took our summer holiday in September. It was much cheaper and the roads were much quieter.
We meandered down through the middle of France, staying in the Auvergne, before heading down to Argeles on the Mediterranean coast near the French-Spanish border.
Because it was such a lengthy trek, it is hard to remember precisely the details of the towns on the way. But there was one small town where we stopped for a picnic lunch. The place was quiet, the local children having all returned to school. …
Stepping into a Spar corner shop to buy a loaf of bread, there were piles of tomorrow morning’s papers on sale; Sunday newspapers at 9 pm on a Saturday, they would hardly have the late sports scores. There were days in London when a night out presented an opportunity to buy all the morning papers. It was an odd feeling, but reassuring; as though one had better mastery of the world by being ahead of what was going on.
Driving back through streets where people were heading out for the …
“Go tell that fox”. Luke 13:32
Calling him a fox, Jesus speaks about Herod in less than complimentary terms. Jesus’ comment shows that comparing cunning and devious behaviour to that of a fox goes back a long way.
Foxes in the Bible are not often encountered and when they appear, it is rarely in a favourable light. In Judges 15, Samson ties fiery torches to the tails of foxes and drives them into the wheat fields of the Philistines in order to destroy their harvest.
In the book of Nehemiah, …
- KENYA AIRWAYS – KQ 101
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The charge came though on the credit card. tickets for Dublin to London, London to Nairobi, and Nairobi to Kigali, for less than the price of a package holiday to a Spanish Costa.
The trip is for work, to visit projects and to talk about developing partnerships (and is paid for personally), …
Student union meetings at the LSE thirty years ago were always faintly absurd. Undergraduates with public school accents would stand up and talk about workers’ solidarity. To have suggested they might not really understand working class people would have been to invite a tide of rhetoric accusing one of ‘false consciousness’, or ‘revisionism’, or counter-revolutionary thinking, or whatever pejorative term was in vogue amongst the intellectual radicals.
Of course, when it came to going out, they always had money in their pockets, and could always travel during the long vacation, …
Childhood memories seem to feature Christmas and the summer without much in between, none of them were very exciting or eventful. The Christmas memories become a conflation of varying years, people make anachronistic appearances and all the presents come at the same time. Summer memories are of sunshine. It must have rained sometimes, but if it did, the memories of wet days are repressed deep in the psyche.
Coming in from a meeting, a message was written to call a friend about arranging a rendezvous next week to talk about …