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

New Year, New Direction?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In 2013 intrepid aviator Tracey Curtis Taylor flew a 1940’s bi-plane from Cape Town, South Africa to Goodwood, England. It was a flight not without mishap and adventure. Coming in to land in Uganda she was informed by the control tower that a passenger plane was coming in behind her and that she must abort her landing and make a … Read More

The Unwanted Gift

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Some years ago I bought a Christmas present for someone that I had been out of touch with for a few years. I thought I knew the kind of present they would appreciate, and so chose one with care and sent it off in the post. So you can imagine my surprise when a few days after Christmas the gift … Read More

It wasn’t me!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

When I was a young child we spent Christmas’s at my aunt and uncle’s house. They had an open fire in the lounge filled with pinecones sprayed with gold and silver paint, all resting on a bed of newspaper. One afternoon, finding myself alone in the lounge with nothing to do, I borrowed my uncle’s lighter and played a little … Read More

Christmas Newsletter

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

If there’s one thing I dread at Christmas its receiving Christmas newsletters from friends that are full of the amazing achievements of their children – how little Jonny has been made captain of the school football team, passed his grade 8 piano exam, and won a scholarship to Oxford – and how much he’s looking forward to going to primary … Read More

God’s Black Friday

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

God’s Black Friday On Black Friday 2014 I bought two TV’s.  I didn’t mean to buy two, but the website kept crashing and desperate not to miss out on a bargain I accidentally placed the order twice!  I wasn’t alone in my bargain hunting as on that one day UK consumers splurged a whopping £810m.  Great news for the retailers.  … Read More