Power to the People!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In the early part of the 20th century there was probably no more exciting and lethal place to be than an Edwardian home – exciting because of the increasingly widespread use of electricity, and the numerous appliances that could use it; and lethal because no one really understood quite how dangerous this new power was! Bare cables were laid around … Read More

A Great Relationship?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

I was intrigued to read a few weeks ago that while Donald Trump describes himself as a good person with a great relationship with God, he has never felt the need to ask God for forgiveness.   What particularly intrigues me is the idea that you can have a ‘great relationship’ with somebody without the need for forgiveness. It presupposes … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 2:13-20

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

13-14 Then Jesus went again to walk alongside the lake. Again a crowd came to him, and he taught them. Strolling along, he saw Levi, son of Alphaeus, at his work collecting taxes. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” He came.   15-16 Later Jesus and his disciples were at home having supper with a collection of disreputable guests. Unlikely as it … Read More

Cleared for Take Off!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Eighty years ago on 6th June 1936 the Air Minister Lord Swinton officially opened Gatwick Airport in West Sussex. Three weeks earlier on the 17th May the first flight from Gatwick had taken off bound for Paris – the few passengers having paid the princely sum of 4 pounds and 5 shillings! In its first year the airport served just … Read More

Top Gear – or struggling to find 2nd?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

So this was the week that the British TV car magazine show, Top Gear, re-launched with new hosts. Everyone it seems has an opinion about the new show, and so not wanting to miss out, here’s what I thought – it wasn’t new enough! I guess because the old format was so well known and so successful the new team … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 2:1-12

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

2 1-5 After a few days, Jesus returned to Capernaum, and word got around that he was back home. A crowd gathered, jamming the entrance so no one could get in or out. He was teaching the Word. They brought a paraplegic to him, carried by four men. When they weren’t able to get in because of the crowd, they removed part … Read More

Fragrance Before the Dawn

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

In the early years of the 20th century the American journalist, James Creelman, was travelling through the Balkans in search of the exiled queen of Serbia. Quite by chance he discovered that at the time the world’s supply of rose oil came from the Balkan Mountains. What fascinated him the most was the fact that the roses were harvested in … Read More

Keeping Connected

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

It’s amazing to think that a little over 20 years ago most of us had never heard of the Internet. Now we take it for granted and depend on it for work, communication, entertainment, and information; and we become incredibly frustrated if we can’t make an instant connection. Long gone are the days of dial-up when I would happily go … Read More

Sixty Second Gospel Mark 1:35-45

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

35-37 While it was still night, way before dawn, he got up and went out to a secluded spot and prayed. Simon and those with him went looking for him. They found him and said, “Everybody’s looking for you.”   38-39 Jesus said, “Let’s go to the rest of the villages so I can preach there also. This is why I’ve come.” … Read More

Small Beginnings

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

While you may never have read Paul Gallico’s book ‘The Man Who Was Magic’, it’s a fair bet that you will have heard of perhaps his most famous novel, but not because you have read it. On it’s publication in 1969 Gallico’s novel, ‘The Poseidon Adventure’ attracted little attention – the New York Times gave it a one-paragraph review, calling … Read More