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Thinking about Elephants – Thought for the Day – BBC Scotland

The best story we all knew in Belfast was about the woman who used to take the baby elephant home from the Zoo every evening during the blitz in 1941. In 2009 it was traced to Denise Weston Austin , … Continue reading

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Funeral of Peter Rankin

A sad day yesterday as we said farewell to one of my oldest friends, Peter Rankin. just before Christmas, he was due to go cycling in Kerala with his daughter. But he began to feel unwell. He was diagnosed with … Continue reading

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Canon EJ Moore

Canon EJ Moore – known as Jim – was the first Rector with whom I served when I was ordained in 1976. I travelled to Belfast on Thursday last and was honoured to preach at his funeral service in St … Continue reading

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Bishop Anne

Alison and I were in every sense fortunate to be at the consecration of Bishop Anne. We caught what proved to be one of the last trains from Edinburgh and we had to stay an extra night in Aberdeen before … Continue reading

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Blinking into the sunlight

It’s just over six months now since I retired. I am a firm believer in the idea that you need to stop completely … totally … so that you can think about how you might re-enter the fray in a … Continue reading

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Moving on. #pisky

The decision to retire produced an almost immediate standstill in the blog So now that things are beginning to settle down a bit, I need to go back and fill in some gaps from the last few months. it’s been … Continue reading

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Yet another thought #pisky

Tuesday’s Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Scotland. About Princes William and Harry and the coming anniversary of Diana’s death.

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With the Founder #pisky

One of my final duties today – Commem at Glenalmond College. So I paused to pay my respects to the Founder, William Ewart Gladstone, in the Quad. It was Gladstone who came to the conclusion that Ireland should have Home … Continue reading

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FAREWELL SERMON #pisky #anglican

The diocese and I said our farewells last night at a Eucharist in our Cathedral. Here is the Sermon

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Good Morning on St Patrick’s Day #pisky

This morning’s Thought for the Day on BBC Scotland: ‘Welcome home, Father’. The flat vowels of the passport officer at Dublin Airport. I’m caught – misty-eyed – between Ireland which is home in the sense of deep belonging and family … Continue reading

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