The Easter Egg in the Toaster

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Recently I found myself taking an Easter Egg out of our toaster.  It fell in some weeks ago when my daughter’s attempt to open the bag didn’t go very well.  As it had fallen right to the bottom I decided to leave it until ‘later’.  Sadly, as so often happens when we put things off, ‘later’ was starting to become … Read More

60SG Mark 14:43-52

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

43-47 No sooner were the words out of his mouth when Judas, the one out of the Twelve, showed up, and with him a gang of ruffians, sent by the high priests, religion scholars, and leaders, brandishing swords and clubs. The betrayer had worked out a signal with them: “The one I kiss, that’s the one—seize him. Make sure he doesn’t … Read More

Everyone needs a Time Lord

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Well congratulations to Jodie Whittaker on becoming the first female Dr Who.  Like so many of my generation I regularly spent Saturday evenings watching TV from behind the sofa as Daleks, Cybermen, and those enormous maggots that came out of the ground, threatened the world with disaster.  As a child I was utterly terrified.  The good news of course was … Read More

A Very British Problem

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

On 12th June 1944, the British 22nd Armoured Brigade were racing to take the town of Caen in Normandy.  At 8.30am they paused before the final push, and got out of their tanks to brew up a lovely cup of tea.  It proved to be a terrible mistake.  A German tank commander, unseen by the British, seized his chance and … Read More

60SG Mark 14:32-42

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

32-34 They came to an area called Gethsemane. Jesus told his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” He took Peter, James, and John with him. He plunged into a sinkhole of dreadful agony. He told them, “I feel bad enough right now to die. Stay here and keep vigil with me.” 35-36 Going a little ahead, he fell to the ground and … Read More

The mystery that is SPAM

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

The enduring appeal of SPAM is a mystery to many of us.  Launched on 5th July 1937 during the Depression era, it quickly caught on as a cheap ready-to-eat pork product with a long shelf life.  Ideal for military use it found a ready market with the US Army who shipped some 45 million kg of the stuff overseas to … Read More

Intelligent Design?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Sitting at my desk I’m confronted with an amazing array of products – pens, pencils, scissors, books, a computer, a printer, the list goes on and on.  What they all have in common is the fact that they are all the product of intelligent design.  If I were to suggest that all these things came into existence purely by chance … Read More

60SG Mark 14:22-31

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

22 In the course of their meal, having taken and blessed the bread, he broke it and gave it to them. Then he said, Take, this is my body. 23-24 Taking the chalice, he gave it to them, thanking God, and they all drank from it. He said, This is my blood, God’s new covenant, Poured out for many people. 25 “I’ll not … Read More

Freely available

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Finding treasure is one thing, gaining access to it is quite another.  So next time you take your money from a cash machine, spare a thought for Scottish inventor John Shepherd-Barron who came up with the idea.  The first of its kind was unveiled by Barclays in Enfield, London 50 years ago.  Today there are 70,000 of them across the … Read More