The season of the colour purple

I cannot claim to be the most disciplined reader, or indeed to be particularly widely read. However, when I do read I enjoy the experience of both fiction and non-fiction, of being guided through someone else’s heart and mind, of being a passenger and enjoying the journey of words and events, of being awakened to a greater knowledge. Continue reading “The season of the colour purple”

A pedagogy for Advent

St John’s College Oxford is the patron of St Michael & All Angel’s Church in Summertown, the two institutions are separated by less than a mile of the Banbury Road. St John’s, in fact, is patron to a good many parishes in the Church of England. It is one of the wealthiest, if not the wealthiest, college in Oxford – and alongside it’s namesake in Cambridge – represents a significant landowning body. According to popular legend one can walk from St John’s College in Oxford, to St John’s College in Cambridge, without ever stepping off St John’s soil! Continue reading “A pedagogy for Advent”

Advent: a speed awareness season

Quite a few years ago I attended a speed awareness course. I was late. Leaving too little time for the journey, I pre-empted the theme of the day – speeding has serious consequences for lives. The police had kindly given me the option of a fine and a further three point addition to my license or a more attractive option of attending a speed awareness course which would nullify the points. I had decided to take the medicine and made the arrangements to attend the course. Continue reading “Advent: a speed awareness season”