The Revenant

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Well congratulations to Leonardo Di Caprio on finally winning the Best Actor Oscar on his 5th nomination. Di Caprio was nominated for his portrayal of Hugh Glass, a 19th century frontiersman mauled by a bear and left for dead by those who were supposed to rescue him. Miraculously surviving Glass sets out to take revenge on those who abandoned him, … Read More

Losing Confidence

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

It’s not that I’m losing confidence in my breakdown company, it’s just that in the process of diagnosing last week’s overheating problem the mechanic managed to break another pipe that is costing £470 to fix; and on a previous occasion two separate mechanics from the same company failed to spot that the reason for the clunking noise the engine was … Read More

Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Sitting by the side of the road after my engine had overheated, I reflected once again on the wisdom of not ignoring the early warning signs that something is wrong. Ten days earlier the heating inside my car had stopped working, but I was too busy to take the car into the garage. If only I had done so I … Read More

War of the Worlds

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Two nights ago I was in London’s West End for the gala opening of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of War of the Worlds. For those unfamiliar with the story it relates the imagined invasion of the earth by Martians at the end of the 19th Century. The human race responds to this threat with brute force but the weapons of … Read More

How much do you love me?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Over the years I’ve learned to be suspicious when one of my children starts a conversation with the words, ‘How much do you love me?’ It inevitably means that they are about to ask me for something, and they are working on the assumption that if I love them a lot then I won’t be able to refuse to give … Read More

Happy Valentines!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

For weeks my daughter had been pleading with me to allow her to invite her friend Anna round for tea. I had resisted on the grounds that while Anna was a sweet girl, she was also very high maintenance and about as welcome in our home as a tornado! Finally I gave in and after a surprisingly uneventful afternoon we … Read More

Follow me

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Call it a mid-life crisis but at the age of 50 I decided to join a gym. I quickly worked out what I was sure was the best route to get there, and for some months slavishly followed it certain in the knowledge that there was no quicker route to be had. That was until the day when I followed … Read More

Prove it

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Over the last few years I have flown to a number of different countries across Europe, Africa and South America, using a variety of airlines. On not one occasion, however, have I asked for any kind of proof either that the airliner I that I am about to board is airworthy, or that the pilot to whom I am about … Read More

Predicting the Future

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Predicting the future is a risky business, as any of us who grew up watching Tomorrow’s World on TV will know only too well. Whatever did happen to paper underwear and floating bicycles? History is littered with famous predictions that failed to come to true, not least that made by the Chair of IBM in 1943 who boldly declared, “I … Read More

Don’t forget the cloud!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

CS Lewis, academic, author, theologian and in his own words “the most reluctant convert [to Christianity] in all England once wrote, “Aim at heaven and you get earth ‘thrown in’, aim at earth and you will get neither”. What did he mean?   Well think of it like this: imagine that essential parts of your computer’s operating system are stored … Read More