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The Modern Myth of Eostre (or: no, the Christians didn’t nick it from the Pagans)

Over on Patheos there’s a wonderful interview with an old friend of mine, Adrian Bott – better known online as Cavalorn. Cavalorn is a children’s author (responsible for, amongst other things, the Dan Hunter line of books), occult historian and the former proprietor of (the late, lamented) New Aeon Books in Manchester who has made … Continue reading

Urgent: Home needed for husky-cross dog.

This is Alba. She belongs to my daughter Kathy, but unfortunately Kathy cannot keep her – and sadly, though we’ve been fostering Alba, nor can we as my partner David is sadly allergic to dogs so we desperately urgently need to find a new home for her ASAP. None of the husky rescues can help … Continue reading

Alpha at St Mary’s

Before I start, I would just like to stress that what follows are my personal views and observations on the Alpha Course materials. They in no way represent the views of the volunteers and ministry team members currently running Alpha Course at St Mary’s, nor do they reflect upon how I feel about said members … Continue reading

Reflections on Confirmation

I was Confirmed at St Mary’s in Walthamstow last month, on Sunday November 10th – Remembrance Sunday. The following is the piece I wrote for the parish magazine. I was baptised as an adult at Pentecost on Sunday, May 11th, 2008. It was the logical next step after having attended the “Just Looking” group run … Continue reading

Azicatal (ANC Liberation Song)

Ah zee ka tar (le), no maz ya boz (zhwa) See see mis ay ling koo loo lay ko Oon say ma lung twai lo on say ma lung twai lo Oon fo na ma to da on fo na ma to da Te na ban twa na ba zay ah preeka See see mees … Continue reading


I was Confirmed this morning at St Mary’s of Walthamstow by the Right Reverend David Hawkins, Bishop of Barking, during the Remembrance Sunday service; five years after being baptised at St Mary’s at Pentecost, 2008. I have stepped through another gate on my journey of faith.


Freedom is an interesting concept. It can mean different things to different people. Yesterday, I acquired freedom, of a sort: I quit a job that had been making me deeply unhappy for a few months now, to the point it was impacting on my health. It wasn’t a decision I took lightly; it has repercussions … Continue reading

Will the 2013 heatwave beat 1976?

Will the 2013 heatwave beat 1976? It’s interesting looking at the GFS model data at the moment; the jetstream is stuck in a big almost-stationary loop way to the north of the UK, trapping a big area of high pressure over the UK and keeping the hot dry weather over us. It looks like it … Continue reading

Merrily throwing the T under the bus

Peers in the UK House of Lords backed a government bill today paving the way for gay couples to marry. It is set to become law by the end of the week, with the first weddings in 2014. So the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill just came a large step closer to being passed; shame … Continue reading

We live in a racist culture.

In the wake of the Zimmerman verdict, this post was linked to on a friend’s FB yesterday morning, and instantly a (white) woman took issue with the author branding all white people as racist, claiming that it’s just like feminists saying all men are rapists. It’s not. It’s saying that just as all men are … Continue reading

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