The beginning of a beautiful friendship

Derby Cathedral, 29 May 2014 (Ascension), on these readings It is difficult – at least, it is for me – to think about what Ascension looks like. There are pictures of it but they end up just as feet disappearing through a cloud. The whole mental picture of the heavens has changed for us – we can’t […]

Heroic Engineers

… train departs Oban, calling at Connell Ferry, Taynuilt, Falls of Cruachan, Loch Awe, Dalmally, Tyndrum Lower, Crianlarich, Ardlui, Arrochar and Tarbet, Garelochhead, Helensburgh Upper, Dumbarton Central, Dalmuir… Extracts from subsequent correspondence: 1130 arriving Glasgow QS 1600, Ed after that. Currently drinking second cup of coffee in Oban. 1133 Hope they make good coffee in […]


The view from lunch is Kiloran Bay. Lunch was oatcakes and cheese. I supported the local economy by buying these in the shop.  But the oatcakes are Stockan’s and the cheese is Orkney. See how the economic superpower of the north crushes the struggling indigenous enterprise of the west in its iron grip. To be […]