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Saints – should we pray to them?

The ‘veneration’ and proposed canonisation of Elizabeth Prout (aka Mother Mary Joseph), the latest in a…

Ninja Nuns and Nunjas

Extract from Flight from Fernilee “One by one, they approached the golden dragon, raised their hands…

Nature or Neutering

Ok, in the overall scheme of things, a cat’s castration is not very high on the…

Time off Purgatory for following Pope Francis

       Reading this, I could hardly believe my eyes! Is the Roman Catholic Church…

Ghosts, zombies, vampires….Is there life after death?

        With an unprecedented fascination for the occult over the last few years, spiritistic themes…

Hang-gliding – Hitting the Heights in the Peak

“Joe and the others held their breath, awaiting their awful fate but, suddenly, from out of…

Christians in Ancient Rome – Why were they hated?

Child sacrifice, ritual drinking of human blood, sedition, brainwashing, breaking up families, hatred of men, intolerance…the…

“In the Blink of an Eye Reborn” – The Story of Locked-in Syndrome Sufferer Peter Coghlan

On the 21st March 2011, Peter Coghlan suffered a massive brain stem stroke, leaving him totally…

The Purple Cave – Extract ‘Flight from Fernilee’

Slowly and steadily, they continued along an underground river, the tunnel now so dark and narrow…

Truth or Tradition?

War is raging between Pope Francis and members of his flock. Abortion, LBGTQ rights, political affiliations,…

When coronovirus is over…

Seeing as I’ll be using at least some of my lockdown time to regenerate my blog, …

Life after Locked-in Syndrome

3 Soldiers Finish the Job Together As members of the 22nd Cheshire Regiment, Andrew Harding (left),…

A literary look at locked-in syndrome by Alexandre Dumas

Did you know that the first description of locked-in syndrome was written by Alexander Dumas in…

Is your future already written?

Omens, superstitions and predictions all have one thing in common – Fate, a philosophy which began…

Social Media: Avoid the Pitfalls

Avoid the pitfalls        Before signing up for a social network, it’s good to set a few…

Who were the Magi?

Every December, schools and churches throughout Christendom attract adoring parents, grandparents and assorted relatives to the…

Neurologist David Blacker on locked-in syndrome

 “I knew it was vital to get through to him, and make him understand there was…

Evolution: Fact or Fiction?

       Pre-Charles Darwin, faith in a Creator went virtually unchallenged, the only disputes being those relating…

Flight from Fernilee – Chapter 39 & 40

“Avalanche!”          Once the troops had disappeared, there were only the nunjas to…

Flight from Fernilee – Chapter 38

“You can’t own people!” said Joe. “Oh yes I can! There’s no one on earth who…

Flight from Fernilee – Chapter 37

To a man and woman, the residents of Fernilee estate grabbed the nearest weapons to hand – from…

Flight from Fernilee – Chapters 35 & 36

  “You don’t think you’re going to leave me here when my best friend’s in danger, do…

Flight from Fernilee – Chapters 33 & 34

The Speaker was even good enough to give up his Woolsack for Alice to sit on,…

Flight from Fernilee – Chapter 32

Above the marble was a long pole, and at the top of it was a horrible…

Flight from Fernilee – Chapter 31

“What am I meant to see?”  “Life!” came the reply. “Life, Joe!” Sure enough, poking defiantly…