Born a King

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Prince Charles was born on 14th November 1948.  At birth his official title was His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Edinburgh, a title that changed on 26th July 1968 to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.  Over his life he has collected dozens of additional titles and honours and his current official title reads as follows: His Royal Highness … Read More

Familiarity breeds contempt

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

‘Familiarity breeds contempt’ is one of the warnings I remember from childhood.  It was something about not getting too friendly with staff at my boarding school and thereby losing respect for them.   But it strikes me now that the same principle can apply to the way we view the Christmas story – as a society we have become so … Read More

No expense spared at Christmas

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Many of us will have spent the past few weeks deciding what to give as gifts this Christmas.  Undoubtedly the most thought will have been given to those that we love the most, and when considering what to get them we will probably have wanted to spend as much as we could afford and possibly a bit more.  But then … Read More

We all hate Brussels sprouts

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In the UK, its’ widely known that everyone hates Brussels sprouts.  Many of us have childhood memories of forcing down the over-cooked and bitter-tasting vegetables at Christmas – an unwelcome intrusion onto a plate filled with delicious roast turkey, potatoes and crisp Yorkshire puddings.  Clearly the meal would be improved by the removal of the offending veg.   In a … Read More

The Problem with Self-assessment

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In the UK cars over three years old must pass an annual test to ensure that the vehicle is roadworthy.  The test covers 20 different aspects of the car and if something as small as a lightbulb is broken the car will fail.  Incredibly over 40% of cars do fail on their first attempt.   What would undoubtedly improve the … Read More

Don’t be Cinderella

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

It was 10pm and my youngest daughter called me to say that she was on her way home from a party in London.  The only problem was that, like Cinderella, she had left it too late.  She had to catch a bus and then a tube, and she simply didn’t have enough time to get to the station before the … Read More

Nothing there?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In CS Lewis’s famous tale. ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’, four children, Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy are sent to live with an eccentric professor in order to avoid the bombing of London during the Second World War.  His house is large and rambling with a seemingly endless number of staircases, corridors and rooms.  Exploring the house on … Read More

I was not lost

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

“I was not lost and did not need to be rescued.”  So said British adventurer Benedict Allen after being rescued from the jungle of Papua New Guinea.  He had missed his flight home, was suffering from the effects of malaria, and had recorded a video message in case he wasn’t found.  While Benedict was supremely confident in his ability to … Read More