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On The Curious Pleasure of Reading Patrick O’Brian

After a last salute Jack glanced aloft – still the sweet west wind – and then he looked fore and aft: a fine clear deck, hands all at their stations and all beaming with pleasure; and turning to the master he said, ‘Mr Hanson, pray lay me a course for Cape Pilar and Magellan’s Strait. […]

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C S Lewis.- Integrating the Rational and The Imagination

Last week I read Alister McGrath’s new book – C.S. Lewis: A Life – Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet. Of the many good things about it, I was especially struck by his description of how Lewis saw his task as integrating rational and imaginative approaches to the spiritual journey. This was timely for me, because that […]

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Spirituality Spirituality in the Ordinary Underappreciated and Uncool Culture

On Spirituality and The Lone Ranger (Or, How Johnny Depp Taught Me To Stop Worrying And Embrace My Inner Spirit Warrior)

I watched the new Disney take on the Lone Ranger on the weekend, and I must say I enjoyed it, even though I know this admission will remove any faint vestiges of cool that I might have once had (though after blogging about Midsomer Murders, I suspect that bridge has well and truly been crossed.) […]

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Underappreciated and Uncool Culture

On The Discreet Charm of Midsomer Murders

I’m not sure I’m keen for it to be widely known, but I am a fan of Midsomer Murders. I sometimes wish I could find it within me to be a fan of something cooler, grittier, edgier. Like The Wire. How I wish I could love The Wire. Or some subtitled Scandi-noir. But alas, like […]

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Spirituality Spirituality in the Ordinary

On Fasting from Social Media

On Sunday evening, Anne looked at me from her end of the sofa as I Facebooked whilst watching TV and drinking wine, and said: you use your smartphone all the time. It’s annoying. I think we should have a day off. Alright, I replied cockily, you’re on. Gauntlet taken up. On Monday, no smartphones, and […]