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Observations Travel

Memories of The Past and Future

In the first volume of Lord Of The Rings the characters discuss the way in which it takes many years before a country will forget that elves once lived there. Even the stones and earth remember them. The same is not true of a country that was once Christian. Turkey, the land of the seven […]

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Humour Travel

A Dreadful Discovery

I love travel; you get to see new places and get insights into the lives of people in situations different to your own. On work trips, you also get to see things about friends and colleagues which are not obvious in day to day life. Sometimes you learn things about people, whom you thought you […]

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Observations Travel

Impressive Buildings

Last night we went for a short walk. It was wonderful to see the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque (above). Even without these two buildings, Istanbul seems to be full of very impressive mosques. This brings me back to a question I blogged on years ago. It seems that amongst all religious traditions, Protestant […]

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Observations Travel

International Meetings

The first question you need to answer when organising a meeting is, “What is the code for the wifi?”. This is swiftly followed by, “Where can I plug my laptop in?”. For international meetings things get really complicated because Americans, Brits and other Europeans all need different types of plug for their computers. The result […]

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Observations Travel

Checking Things Off

This is exciting; I’m in a new country – Turkey. Another one to check off on my list. I’ve not seen much yet, just as much as can be viewed on a short tram ride from the airport. One thing is obvious, this is an country with a large Muslim population, but I knew that […]

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Travel

I Couldn’t Have Said It Better

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been trying to find something to say about our holiday in Skye. Then I came across this combination of amazing photographs coupled with music from Skye’s own Peatbog Faeries. I’m a bit embarrassed to suggest that you look at my own photos, but if you’d like to see […]

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Travel

Sixty Not Out

Here in Bratislava, I was very privileged to receive a certificate from Kirk Franklin, the executive director of the Wycliffe Global Alliance, celebrating sixty years of the work of Wycliffe in the UK. These milestones are always encouraging. Sue and various of my British colleagues were also called to the front of the room.   […]

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Travel

Bratislava

For the next couple of days, I'm going to be facilitating a conference for Bible Translation agency leaders from across Europe, here in Bratislava. I'm sure it's a lovely city, but I probably won't escape this hotel on a ring road near the airport. Interestingly, the easiest way to get to Bratislava airport is to […]

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Travel

Scenes From a Trip to Nigeria

There is nothing profound about this blog post at all. Just a few photos of things that took my interest while I was in Nigeria recently. After all, it isn’t every day that you get to play cricket with W.G. Grace.   When visiting a language project, I was impressed with the way one of […]

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Reviews Travel

Books I’ve Read: The Life of Pi

You know what? I probably wouldn’t bother with this. I know it’s a famous book and has been made into a movie and all, but I just didn’t get it. The book broadly breaks down into three sections. The first is a rather crude advert for a certain wishy-washy variety of Hinduism. Yes, I know […]