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‘Royal Progress’ by Paul Scott

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  • June 16, 2013

Let me tell you a little story…     Once, in a land far away, the governor of a certain city learned that he would shortly be visited by royalty. The Prince would be in that region, and would like to see the city and learn of its achievements and its problems. The word ‘problems’ worried the governor. There was much to be proud of in his city; there were also a number of beggars and homeless people of whom he was not so proud. He summoned his chief of police. “The Prince is paying us a visit in two days […]

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‘Holidays’ by Toni Scott

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  • May 24, 2013

Many, if not all, my friends are now thinking about summer holidays: what to do, where to go. Do they want to relax by a pool under a parasol sipping an ice cold drink? Or are they more inclined towards some sort of activity holiday: climbing or walking? Then there’s always cruising – something which appeals to older couples with its chances to visit various places of interest and a programme of lectures, talks and entertainment. There’s much to choose from.           A few years ago, Paul and I tried our first cruise. We weren’t sure it was for us […]

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‘For Nothing Changes Here?’ by Paul Scott

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  • May 16, 2013

What will the world be like in fifty years time? Sixty years? Seventy?             When I was about seven years old, we knew what the world of the future would look like. We had seen it in all the best science fiction books and films. We would all wear long, flowing robes, and live in houses that looked like large glass bubbles. Cars would be streamlined, a little like the racing cars of the day, but most people would have swapped their cars for aeroplanes or helicopters. Holidays would be taken on the moon or Mars…             I often wonder […]

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‘For all have sinned’ – a magazine article by Toni Scott

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  • February 11, 2013

St. Paul knew what he was talking about when he wrote the above in his letter to the Christians in Rome. While sin is a very unpopular concept in our current “anything goes” society, if we’re honest with ourselves, we have to admit that there are times when we fall short of our own standards, let alone God’s. For most of us, sin is regarded as minor or major. Murder is, of course, a major one in the same way that adultery used to be. But what about gossip and character assassination which can also be destructive? There has been a […]

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‘Excess Baggage’ by Paul Scott

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  • May 24, 2012

            One of the things I like least about flying is the baggage reclaim. After a tiring flight, I walk down miles and miles of corridors until at last I come into a huge barn of a place. This, dear friends, is the Baggage Reclaim Section. But surely, you will say, this is just where you want to be? After all, you need to retrieve your luggage before the holiday can begin. Ah, but suppose it’s not there to be retrieved? Suppose it’s been lost? There before me is the carousel, a giant conveyor belt […]

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‘Is it Sinful?’ by Toni Scott

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  • April 24, 2012

Some years ago, a friend “confessed”, rather shamefacedly, that she had started reading and enjoying novels. Since it had never occurred to us that anyone might consider this a sin, her confession surprised us. She seemed relieved when we said that we both read and enjoy novels – though Paul gives them up during Lent in favour of non-fiction books (usually Christian). So is there an argument for eschewing fiction? Although the stories we read are not factual and the characters are figments of the writer’s imagination, there is usually an element of truth in their emotions and actions and […]

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