Why do I do this to myself?

Why do I do this to myself?

Do you ever find yourself asking that question? I did the Sunday before last! At 8:55am, I was stood on the start line with another thousand likeminded lycra-clad runners wearing just a vest and a pair of shorts in the freezing wind about to run five miles as fast as...
I didn’t see it coming

I didn’t see it coming

In the run up to Christmas a few of us got together and filmed a spoken word video titled “You Are Not Alone”, to use as part of the Freedom Church Carols event. I hope you had a chance to watch it, but if not it is still available...
It’s my first day!

It’s my first day!

“It’s my first day” was an excuse I used for not knowing what I was doing for the first year of my last job! The excuse seemed to work indefinitely for Homer Simpson, but my ex-colleagues certainly clocked on quickly and the excuse didn’t wash with...
Can you spare a pound for the Donkey Sanctuary?

Can you spare a pound for the Donkey Sanctuary?

I often receive well intended but unwanted post asking me to give to various charities. I also, periodically, get stopped on the street by someone in a tabard with a clipboard asking me to set up a new direct debit for a charity I’ve never heard of. And whilst...
Take Me To The Alley

Take Me To The Alley

Last week I had the privilege of seeing the critically acclaimed jazz singer-songwriter Gregory Porter performing in concert. Listening to his easy-on-the-ear creamy baritone was a moment to treasure. Gregory Porter was raised in California, and taught to sing gospel...