In Defence of the Media

All newspapers and media concentrate on issues which have local relevance; that’s how it works. But we have the ability to break out of our locality and read the world’s press. But it’s easier just to share pictures on Facebook complaining about things.

Cross-Cultural Living

The BBC is making a big thing about a researcher who is going off to live in the Arctic to study a disappearing Inuit language and culture. Now don’t get me wrong, I think this is fantastic. I’m all in favour of people doing language and culture research. The thing I don’t understand is why […]

Drought in southern Madagascar

Maybe it’s just not news anymore because it seems to be happening almost every year and is becoming the ‘norm’, or maybe it doesn’t hit the headlines in Britain because we don’t really care what happens on the other side of the world, I don’t know …¬† But it is heartbreaking to read this: “My […]

Madagascar: A cyclone in a political storm

Over the last few weeks and months Madagascar has been suffering a political storm as the elected President, Marc Ravalomanana, was forced out of office by young opposition leader Andry Rajoelina (with the support of the army!) even though elections were not due for 2 more years. Thousands of protestors from both sides have been […]

Political situation in Madagascar

Over the last few days there have been further developments in the political situation in Madagascar. When Andry Rajoelina, mayor of the capital, Antananarivo, declared himself¬† ‘in charge’ of the country and demanded that President Ravalomanana resign, he was removed from his office as mayor and replaced. Then on Saturday things took a turn for […]

UFO Over Cardiff

Fans of the BBC TV series Torchwood know that Cardiff is a place where you can expect to see alians from across the galaxy just as much as you see rugby fans from across the border. Well, it seems that it isn’t all fiction! The pilot was forced to bank sharply to avoid being hit […]

Do not store treasure…

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (Matthew 6:18-20) Or in a Bank safety deposit box where […]

What a Life

Much has been written about Prince Harry’s service in Afghanistan and all of the attendant hoo-ha. I won’t link to all the stories as there are far too and it would be hard to know when to stop. However, there are a few thoughts that come to mind as a result of all of this. […]

Cyclone Ivan

Nearly 145,000 people have been left homeless by a cyclone that tore through Madagascar, killing 44 people. The figures double previous estimates of the havoc wreaked by the category three cyclone and have raised fears of a humanitarian catastrophe. Cyclone Ivan struck the island’s east coast last Sunday, and was followed by torrential rains which […]

Life After Death

Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the British army recently gave an interesting talk which showed how his Christian faith impacts on his work as a leader. ‘In my business, asking people to risk their lives is part of the job, but doing so without giving them the chance to understand that there is a […]