Through a glass darkly – 73

My younger brother died on Tuesday evening. Peacefully in a hospice some two miles from their home in Leamington Spa. In the middle of the twentieth century about 14 million people were killed in Eastern Europe; today’s Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, and western Russia. I guess it may be a preaching cliché to say that oneContinue reading “Through a glass darkly – 73”

Through a glass darkly – 72

Passion Week Question:   What’s the difference between a lawyer and a wounded buffalo ? Answer: A lawyer charges more. A well-dressed man goes into a pub with a crocodile on a lead and asks ‘Do you serve lawyers here ?’ ‘Yes, certainly, Sir’, says the barman. ‘In that case, I’ll have a pint ofContinue reading “Through a glass darkly – 72”

Through a glass darkly – 71

“All religions will pass, but this will  remain, simply sitting in a chair and looking into the distance.” Vasili Rozanov This aphorism prefaces the opening chapter of Richard Holloway’s 2004 book Looking in the distance. Richard notes that the words served as a prompt to his own life; as he was drawn from his firstContinue reading “Through a glass darkly – 71”

Through a glass darkly – 69

It was Susie’s idea. For a belated birthday celebration. As a change from watching all the depressing news on the television, we would go walking with alpacas. No trip to the altiplano of Latin America was needed. Instead we went with our friends Mike and Wendy to Bobcat Alpacas at Bonaly, just south of Edinburgh,Continue reading Through a glass darkly – 69

Through a glass darkly – 68

It has been a  rather dispiriting few weeks. Apart from France, the quality of rugby in the Six Nations has been pretty poor. Scotland have got steadily worse as the Six Nations progresses. It now seems as if their opening win over England was a false dawn. My younger brother, Peter,  is terminally ill. ButContinue reading “Through a glass darkly – 68”