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

Don’t be scared!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

I’ve never forgotten the day I walked into a remote village, high in the mountains of Lesotho in Southern Africa. A small boy about 3 or 4 years old took one look at me, burst into tears, ran to his father and hid behind him, burying his face in his legs. This was not exactly the reception I had been … Read More

We’ve only just begun

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

I love the scene in CS Lewis’s book, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, in which Lucy runs into the wardrobe to hide from her siblings. They have been having enormous fun playing their game, and as Lucy pushes to the back of the wardrobe she faces the door certain that there can be nothing behind her. But to … Read More

The Big Secret

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Built in 1965 the BT Tower was for some 15 years the tallest building in London, open to the public with viewing galleries, a souvenir shop and a revolving restaurant. Bizarrely, however, because it housed sensitive communications equipment it was designated an official secret – no one was really supposed to know it was there, and for thirty years it … Read More

Be Still

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Returning to the changing room, after a relaxing sauna and Jacuzzi, I was dismayed to discover that my locker key was not in the pocket of my swimming trunks where I always put it. There was only one place it could be – it must have floated out of my pocket while I was in the Jacuzzi and now be … Read More

God of Comfort?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

As I kid I used to love being taken to the theatre by my mum. I particularly liked messing around with the opera glasses – small binoculars that allowed you to see the stage more clearly; especially if you were way back in the cheap seats as we usually were! Used properly the glasses bring the action on the stage … Read More

Unlikely Guest

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Some years ago a homeless gentleman turned up on the doorstep of one of Britain’s YMCA’s. Disheveled and smelling to high heaven he sat in the doorway and sheltered from the rain. The following day he appeared again and took up the same position, and then the day after that. Soon the staff became accustomed to his presence, and despite … Read More

Feeling Empty?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

I wonder how you might be feeling now that Christmas is fast becoming a distant memory and the credit card bills are on their way? A few years ago we gave my youngest daughter a gift for Christmas – she tore off the wrapping paper to reveal a large colourful box, which she opened… to reveal another smaller box… which … Read More