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Richard on March 25th, 2016

“Service!” This week, my car went in for its regular service. June drove behind in hers, so that we could then both go on to Church for a morning service. June was driving, which freed my mind up to think – what does that word really mean? It’s also an opening shot in tennis, the […]

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Richard on March 25th, 2016

Are we enjoying God’s world as we should, asks Ronald Blythe THE spring has come. It floods the church. A divine hand is at work in what we call our “local ecology”: that careful relationship between organism and environment. Recent disasters and mishaps have reminded us what occurs when we take too distracting or greedy a […]

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Richard on March 25th, 2016

Will the old farmhouse survive the wild wind, wonders Ronald Blythe WHEN I was a child in Suffolk we knew an old man, a retired miller, who still called the storm “a tempest”. “Did you hear the tempest last night?” he would ask. I did indeed, and, to a wild accompaniment of roaring trees as the […]

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Richard on March 12th, 2016

Ronald Blythe wonders how railway commuters pass the time SUMMER afternoon, summer afternoon — Henry James’s favourite words in the English language. Only it is a spring morning, with the snowdrops fading and a squirrel having breakfast on an old stone trough, carrying tiny scraps of bread to his mouth and bushing out his tail, and […]

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Richard on March 5th, 2016

We all experience life in a fragmented way, says Ronald Blythe IT IS a day for spring gardening, but here I am, glued to the indiscreet pictures in the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments for North East Essex. You would think that they would have drawn a curtain over those frowsty robes in the vestry, and collected […]

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Richard on March 5th, 2016

Cross Purposes In September 1989, I did something I wouldn’t dare do now – it wasn’t ‘PC’ then, and could put me in the hands of a PC now! It was during the Mission to Colchester, and a colleague and I were in the Town Centre. We walked up to a young lady by the […]

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