Shockwaves in heavenly places

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

New research in 2018 has discovered that bombs dropped during the Second World War were so large that they had an impact in the upper atmosphere up to 1,000km above the earth.  Chris Scott from the University of Reading said that, ‘each raid released the energy of at least 300 lightning strikes.  Fortunately, the effect of these shockwaves was short-lived, … Read More

Back where we started

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In an attempt to prove that ‘normal people can do unusual things’ amateur rower, Duncan Hutchinson, decided to row across the Atlantic from New York to his home town of Lochinver in the Scottish Highlands, in a boat he had built himself.  Unfortunately, some 800 miles short of his goal the forces of nature overwhelmed him, and he had to call … Read More

No visa required

Simon AllabyUncategorised

The family had spent 9 months planning a trip to Barcelona. It had been a complicated business because their foster children were refugees from a war-torn North African nation and endless paperwork had to be completed to obtain visas for them to travel. The final hurdle was an interview at the Spanish Embassy in London. But on the appointed day, the boys … Read More

Leaving a review

Simon AllabyUncategorised

On-line comments sometimes make for interesting reading. Take for example the comment posted by one Dr Montague underneath a YouTube video of a famous evangelist speaking on the subject ‘What is Christianity’.  I suspect that the good Dr had not watched the video because he wrote: ‘If you believe in the trinity then Jesus was god incarnate. In the Old testament … Read More

The proof of the pudding

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

This week on the Great British Bake Off it was bread week, and contestant Karen proudly presented her showstopper to the judges.  It looked like a triumph with Paul Hollywood commenting ‘I think the decoration’s incredible.’  Sadly, however the inside of her creation revealed a different story – doughy and underproved – and any hope she had had of being … Read More

Outbursts in Court

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

‘You are a liar. You will never be on a court of mine as long as you live.  When are you going to give me my apology? Say you are sorry.’  So said a clearly frustrated and angry Serena Williams to the umpire of her US Open final, after he repeatedly fined and penalised her for ‘code violations.’  Her outburst … Read More

Lift up your eyes

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Having once broken my glasses by walking into a pillar while reading a text, I was interested to read that a government transport advisor has suggested placing road signs at ground level to guide ‘zombie pedestrians’ who are glued to their phones.  His suggestions include red lights on kerbs to warn people to stop at junctions, and ‘text walking lanes’ … Read More

Advances in communication?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

I recently returned to the village where I lived when I bought my first mobile phone nearly 20 years ago.  A lot has changed in the world of communication since then. My first mobile was a chunky handset with an aerial protruding from the top.  It had a tiny screen, could make and receive calls, and could store of maximum of … Read More