Monthly Archive: August 2009

  1. Weekly Reflection 2nd – 8th August 2009

    Poetic truth? The death of the world’s oldest man, Henry Allingham, at the age of 113 ends the nation’s living link with combatants of the First World War (Henry saw the battle of Jutland in 1916). His funeral with full military honours this last week was both a local and a national event. To mark […]

  2. Weekly Reflection 9th – 15th August 2009

    Never look a gift-dog… I remember when I passed my driving test, aged thirty, my instructor telling me to forget everything I’d learned if I actually wanted to get anywhere in a car. During the course of our long relationship his hair went white – unusual in a man of thirty – and he may […]

  3. Weekly Reflection 16th – 22nd August 2009

    Heal thyself… I was visiting a church in the City the other day one lunchtime and I got talking to a man who turned out to work for the Financial Services Authority. If he joined in the words of the General Confession with more heartfelt sincerity than the rest of us, I couldn’t tell, but […]

  4. Weekly Reflection 23rd – 29th August 2009

    De  profundis… One Friday afternoon, twenty years ago, I returned home from Sainsbury’s to find the bath had overflowed. Water had dripped right through the house, through three floors, eventually ending up on my piano, whereon I had left a pile of music manuscript, the score I was writing for a theatre show that was […]

  5. Weekly Reflection 30th August – 5th September 2009

    Oremus… Have you been on the London Eye? Embarking and disembarking is particularly thrilling because the wheel never actually stops, turning so slowly that all but the egregiously lame and halt have sufficient time to step on and off when their pod reaches the bottom of the cycle. I expect Health and Safety will outlaw […]