Steve Evans and the final leg of the journey

Richard and Steve

  Steve Evans passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning 16 January 2014.  The following words were written two days before. Rest in peace Steve Today I listened to Steve Evans ‘final’ radio interview with his good friend Richard Bacon for Radio 5 Live.  I defy anyone not to be moved to tears like me! As previously blogged, I have followed Steve’s journey since I first heard him chatting … Continue reading

Nelson Mandela – a farewell

Floral tributes for Nelson Mandela at Parliament Square London

The recent passing of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, Madiba, will leave a large void not just in South Africa but the world.  This immense figure who epitomises struggle and forgiveness will be sorely missed. As the world mourns his passing and celebrates his influential life, I took the opportunity to take a trip into the centre of London and three particular locations where the great man is commemorated. My first location is a large head and shoulder … Continue reading

Maturing with Age

Vintage Port

The run up to Christmas is always a busy time of year for many people, but in our house especially so, with three out of the four of us having birthdays from mid November onwards.  Of particular significance this year is my middle daughter who recently turned 18. Happy birthday Lizzie! We had a fabulous celebration – family and friends met in the local pub so Lizzie could buy them her first (legal!) drink then … Continue reading

Child cruelty in the name of religion

To Train Up a Child

One of my favourite bloggers @adadcalledspen has recently blogged about a book called ‘To Train Up a Child‘.  It sounds harmless enough, another handy parenting manual full of useful bits of advice any new parent might seek when facing the daunting prospect of caring for a baby for the first time.  I remember reading ‘Toddler Taming’ when I was in that position many moons ago. A parenting manual this might claim to be, but ‘To … Continue reading