Getting it Right. Have You Met the Moment?

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What have taking a photo, doing heart surgery and winning a grand slam have in common? Have you ever experienced a moment when you knew that everything had gone right? It was what you wanted. I bet you have… most of us have had those moments, at least once. For some of us it may […]

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An Unexpected Prayer for the Mayor & Councillors

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As of yesterday – May 26th – Brighton has a change of mayor. The outgoing mayor was Cllr Alan Robins who presided over Brighton during the pandemic and did a great job over two years.   He chose the Interfaith Contact Group (IFCG) as his chaplain and we supported him during this time in a number of […]

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Animals might make you feel good, but plants take you everywhere

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OK… just open Facebook and take on board endless films of fluffy things, doing fluffy stuff. We all love it. I have owned fluffy things in my time, and one cat loved above all others, but plants take me somewhere else… plants take me everywhere… across the world and back again. Today I am tending […]

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Funerals that make Connections

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Sadly, many funerals are fixed and truly dead. They are full of words repeated over and over again by priests and celebrants who do a job, and aren’t very interested in the person that died. Their prescribed words bear little relationship to the person who died… and these occasions can be the most tragic funerals […]

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Scammers From Hell

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Congratulations!!! We wish to inform you that the UN / WORLD BANK ORGANIZATIONfacilitated around-table meetings which just ended some days ago, and it has been agreed upon that compensation payment of US$8,355,000.00 should be paid to scammed victims and individuals whose Name and E-mail have been chosen through an open E-mail ballot system. Your email […]

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When Leadership Dissolves… Stuff Happens

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There was a time when the idea of leadership was to lead, to take responsibility and to guide. Sadly this country we share, this aging empire, has not seen leadership prevail for some time. When David Cameron put the Referendum to the nation because he was afraid of Nigel Farage (a man who was not […]

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A Daffodil Speaks Out for the First Time

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Hi folks. With Easter and Passover and other seasonal springtime celebrations, It looks like the daffodil season is coming to an end. Or as William Wordsworth said: Fair daffodils, we weep to seeYou haste away so soon;As yet the early-rising sunHas not attain’d his noon.Stay, stayUntil the hasting dayHas run…bla de bla So what do […]

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A Prayer for Peace in Time of War

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This evening the Dialogue Society holds its annual Iftar Dinner in The Grand Hotel. I am usually asked to read a prayer, and this time I wrote one honouring the lives lost in the Ukraine war, and elsewhere. Join me in prayer…In a country laneWhere bees visit sleepy lavenderThe crooning blackbird is pitch perfectAnd the […]

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A Nursery Rhyme for Our Time

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With Thanks to the House that Jack Built This is The House Dave inheritedThis the referendum that Dave preparedBecause of the bogey he utterly fearedThat lay in The House Dave inherited This is Boris the Russian Doll that lies on his side(Because he can’t do upright)He won the referendum that Dave preparedBecause of the bogey […]

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Who’s for Tennis? In the Armchair? Bouncing on Tarmac? Whizzing Across the Lawn?

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Why do we love certain sports? As children we see people playing them and we feel ‘I can do that’ and sometimes we can and sometimes it’s silly to even try.  Nobody in my family played tennis but I was completely entranced by this dotty game from an early age. Alone, in another time-space continuum […]

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