Removing Obstacles

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

There really is nothing worse than the pain of being separated from those whom we love, and human beings will often spare no effort to reunite those who have been driven apart. For example when a mine collapse, in the Chilean Atacama Desert, left 33 men entombed nearly a kilometre below ground in 2010, US$20m were spent, and resources gathered … Read More

Revolutionaries

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In about 1913 two politicians met at the Central Café in Vienna. One had recently returned from Moscow and raised the likelihood of there being a revolution in Russia before too long. His sceptical companion glanced across the room at another man and said, “And who’s going to lead it? – him?” The man to whom he referred was none … Read More

Freedom from Shame

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Late one night a man was driving down a country lane when he accidentally hit and killed a pedestrian. There were no witnesses. Terrified of the consequences he drove off, repaired the damage to his car, and told no one. But he knew.   Twenty years later he walked into a police station and confessed. In the intervening years the … Read More

What a mess!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

I once went to visit a friend at university. At the time she was sharing a house with four male students. I will never forget walking into the kitchen and being greeted by a scene of utter devastation – the sink was piled high with dirty crockery, and on every counter were plates with the remains of previous meals in … Read More

Short Hand

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Every day one member of my family takes our dog Percy for a walk. We are surrounded by lovely countryside and there are lots of walks to choose from; so over the years we have developed a short hand way of referring to them. If I return from a walk and say that I have been ‘Under the A23’, or … Read More

Every story needs a context

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Some years ago I found myself virtually naked with a woman who wasn’t my wife. We had only just met and oblivious to our state of near-nakedness we talked for some time about our lives and families. I was dressed only in my boxers, and she in her bra and knickers but it all seemed quite acceptable, not least because … Read More

Not as good as we think we are!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

The other night I was speaking with a friend who works on the self-service check out counters at a local supermarket. They told me that every day they have to look out for people trying to cheat the system – people who have two of the same item in their basket but only scan and pay for one, or people … Read More

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