The Initiate 11

The Initiate
Book Review: The Initiate by Sue Vincent & Stuart France   I have only read spiritual writing as a tourist, never a seeker. Yet I am often captivated by the images the words conjure in my imagination. Sometimes it feels like a thousand lights are turned on inside, while I peer greedily through a chink ...

Nepotism – Truth is Stranger than Fiction 16

Nepotism – Truth is Stranger than Fiction
    My Aunt Violet phoned about an interesting article in a local magazine; submitted by Keith Roberts from Abergele in North Wales. Titled ‘Truth is Stranger than Fiction’, it concerned the coincidences between assassinated presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F Kennedy. She thought it might be something for the blog. Talk about keeping it ...

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story 5

Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story
Book Review: Sam, A Shaggy Dog Story by Sally Cronin   To be honest, I am not a pet person. I think the only pet most people should be allowed is a tapeworm. It goes where you go, eats when you eat, and never bothers the neighbours. It’s not I don’t like animals. I love ...

The Highgate Vampire 8

The Highgate Vampire
  Sadly the legend of the Highgate Vampire is just that. It was invented by two adventurers out to make a name, and stirred up by local and national press coverage. Disappointing I know, but as Robert Louis Stevenson said, ‘It is better to travel hopefully than arrive’. At least I think it was him, ...

Dun Shoppin’ 6

Dun Shoppin’
  Napoleon Bonaparte famously dismissed the British as a ‘Nation of Shopkeepers’. Or as he put it, ‘L’Angleterre est un nation de boutiquiers.’ One can imagine the insouciant sneer on his curled lip, the nonchalant Gallic shrug, the sharp exhalation of steel blue smoke before the Gauloises is impatiently stubbed into the muddy earth beneath ...
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