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Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Broadcaster, musician, song writer, tea drinker and curry lover.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Croon In Peace

I couldn't let the moment pass without marking the passing of two legends in their own way, although their lives couldn't be too much further apart.

Andy Williams was the most effortless of crooners, a man who conquered a song by stealth and won it over before it knew what had happened. Not as bombastic as Sinatra, more connected than Dino, Williams knew he was no Elvis (although they wanted him to be at first), but he knew that being himself was all he needed to be. Those peerless high notes, perfect phrasing and constant twinkle in the eye told you that he really meant it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

It's all about the Timing

There are times in your life when you find it hard to be sure that God really is in control. Its easy to feel guilty at such times, but our own humanity and frailty of faith makes it inevitable. Then of course there are other times when you find everything going right and are hit with the sudden realization not long afterwards that what just transpired must have been God. Finally there are sequences of events which leave you in no doubt at all that God is at work, because there is simply no other way to explain them.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Right Guy

Okay, I'll come right out and say it. I'm simply not convinced that Mitt Romney is the right man to govern the United States of America. 

Let's be clear also. I am convinced that Barack Obama is not the right man to govern the USA either.

I realize that both statements will incur wrath from either side, but that's pretty much to be expected. I believe absolutely that both men are totally sincere in what they believe, but still I'm sure Romney fans will accuse me

Thursday, September 13, 2012

It may be shallow, but....

Okay so this will sound pretty shallow, but as happy as I am here in the UK (and that's very happy!), there's still lots I miss about the U.S. One thing is sports, and this week I got an upgrade to my

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Church and Smartphones

Recently I was involved in an interesting discussion about the pros and cons of smartphones in church. With the advent of the excellent YouVersion Bible app, the need to take a physical Bible to church has diminished considerably, especially since the app has