Tragedy And Hope . . .

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Just four weeks away from holding her baby in her arms she stood shocked, on automatic pilot and wondering how to get through the day – literally.  It was clear her body was protecting her from the worst realisation that eleven members of her family had been snatched away by the typhoon which hit the Philippines.  And still her unborn child moved along the timeline towards birth.  I wondered whether the shock might hasten the event and prayed this new […] Read more »

The Carnival Is Over

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‘The Carnival Is Over’ was a 60s song by The Seekers and told a romantic story of  short-lived but life-changing romance.  Our carnival is over because of murder at the Carnival, which sounds more like an Agatha Christie title, doesn’t it?  Sadly, Gloucester Carnival really is over, cancelled because of the violent and purposeless murder of a vulnerable 50-year-old man. The Carnival runs for two weeks every Summer and this year, like every other, was due to climax with a […] Read more »

Water Torture To Gratitude

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The plumber’s been at last – we’ve been enduring a version of Chinese water torture since Saturday when hot tap in utility room finally took a turn too far and refused to close off.  Necessity being the mother of invention, I’ve been experimenting with ways to deflect the slowly running water and stop the constant noise.  In case you’re similarly afflicted in the future, I can reveal a pizza baking tray with holes to stop the development of a soggy bottom, is the best […] Read more »