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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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Longevity, by Toni Scott

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  • February 13, 2012

When Roy Plomley had the idea for Desert Island Disks, he was on to a winner. It has now been running for 70 years and for longevity is only perhaps challenged by Songs of Praise. Not even The Archers can compete, having been preceded by Dick Barton, Special Agent, and Mrs. Dale’s Diary, which always seemed to begin with the words, “I’m so worried about Jim”. Although, over the years there have been other presenters (Sue Lawley comes to mind, and Kirsty Young) the basic format of the programme remains the same. Castaways are given a Bible (or in our […]

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‘Christmas – fact or fiction’ by Toni Scott

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  • December 4, 2011

When you read this, Christmas will be just around the corner with Card Markets and Christmas Markets raising funds for various good causes. For many people, I’m sure, the Christmas catalogues, which start to drop through the letterbox in July and August, have been buried under other papers and catalogues and are nowhere to be found. So why do we begin so early? Traditionally, Advent was a time for contemplation and repentance (a bit like Lent), and was followed by the twelve days of Christmas. These began with Midnight Mass/Communion on Christmas Eve and were followed by days of partying, […]

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