War of the Worlds

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Two nights ago I was in London’s West End for the gala opening of Jeff Wayne’s musical version of War of the Worlds. For those unfamiliar with the story it relates the imagined invasion of the earth by Martians at the end of the 19th Century. The human race responds to this threat with brute force but the weapons of … Read More

How much do you love me?

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Over the years I’ve learned to be suspicious when one of my children starts a conversation with the words, ‘How much do you love me?’ It inevitably means that they are about to ask me for something, and they are working on the assumption that if I love them a lot then I won’t be able to refuse to give … Read More

Happy Valentines!

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

For weeks my daughter had been pleading with me to allow her to invite her friend Anna round for tea. I had resisted on the grounds that while Anna was a sweet girl, she was also very high maintenance and about as welcome in our home as a tornado! Finally I gave in and after a surprisingly uneventful afternoon we … Read More

Follow me

Simon AllabyAudio, Story

Call it a mid-life crisis but at the age of 50 I decided to join a gym. I quickly worked out what I was sure was the best route to get there, and for some months slavishly followed it certain in the knowledge that there was no quicker route to be had. That was until the day when I followed … Read More

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