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Called

Maundy Thursday today. So we gathered clergy and Lay Readers in the Cathedral for our annual Chrism Mass. It’s an important – and a moving – moment. And this is what I said I decided not to trouble myself with … Continue reading

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Accelerated State Visit

Idle reading suggested that I should try the BT Broadband Accelerator in the hope that it might speed up our snail-like broadband. An investment of £5.99 seemed worth a try. The result has been a welcome and significant increase in … Continue reading

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Time out

A week in Crete slips by very easily. And of course it’s easy to get there now that there is a direct flight from Edinburgh to Heraklion – just four and a half hours on Easyjet. We drifted around doing … Continue reading

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On The Ramblas

Regular readers will know that I like making connections and playing with juxtapositions There was a remarkable jazz group in the centre of Perth this morning. I stopped for ten minutes to listen – the drummer was magical. They saw … Continue reading

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Celebrating the Anniversary of the Election of Pope Francis

This picture comes from the Reception last night at the home of Archbishop Leo Cushley. Alison and I were glad to be there and to share the moment with Church of Scotland Moderator, Rt Rev Lorna Hood and her husband, … Continue reading

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On Retreat

It seems a bit strange to write about going on retreat. But it’s important – important to say that it’s important to me to make it part of routine and discipline – important because what you gain is a sort … Continue reading

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Savour Life – Live Humbly – Thought for the Day this morning

Which is worse – knowing or not knowing? Our hearts and our prayers this morning are with the families of the passengers and crew of Flight 370. Wistful hoping that somewhere their loved ones might have survived are beginning to … Continue reading

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On to the 4.00 pm

Strange this – indeed somewhat unewesual – to find this random sheep having a graze in our fuschia hedge this morning. But it wasn’t a random sheep. This one had a red collar and seemed to think that it was … Continue reading

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Post-retreat Retreat

I’ve been on retreat with my good friends the Benedictine Monks in Rostrevor, Co Down. So time for a couple of days in Donegal with Alison. It is, as Michelin Guide would say, hors saison. Which means that Dunfanaghy is … Continue reading

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Feet on the ground – ash on the forehead

I don’t get out ‘on the ground’ in our congregations often enough. So it was good to spend the morning of Ash Wednesday in Lochgelly with our Lay Reader there, Margaret Dineley. Lochgelly is post-industrial, mining Fife. It used to … Continue reading

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