Simon Allaby

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Thanksgiving and kindness

By the spring of 1621 only half of the Pilgrims who had arrived aboard the Mayflower were still alive, and their chances of survival seemed

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Feeding the hungry

When King Charles was born on 14th November 1948 post-war food rationing was still in place. So, very fitting that he should mark his 75th birthday with

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The loneliest sheep

After being stranded at the bottom of a cliff for two years Britain’s ‘loneliest sheep’ Fiona has been rescued from Cromarty Firth in the Scottish

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Don’t interfere

It’s the naturalist’s rule of thumb when observing nature not to interfere. Ecosystems are finely balanced, and nature should be allowed to take its course.

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If only…

As once again conflict erupts in the Middle East, I’m reminded of a poem written by Steve Turner: History repeats itself. Has to. No one

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The wrong clothes

As snooker player Ding Junhui has discovered, wearing the wrong clothes can be costly. He turned up for his opening match at the England Open

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Five promises

On 4th January the British Prime Minister made five bold promises. He pledged to halve inflation, grow the economy, reduce debt, cut NHS waiting lists and

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Free indeed!

Being acquitted of a crime would normally be a cause for celebration. But not so for one inmate who was acquitted of all the charges

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The sound of freedom

While Barbie and Oppenheimer were this summer’s blockbusters, Sound of Freedom has been the unexpected box-office hit of 2023. It tells the fictionalised story of

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Rogue flight plan

Following a problem with air traffic control on Bank Holiday Monday thousands of travellers are now stranded far from home. The issue has been no

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Surviving the fire

To the amazement of its owners a single house remains intact in what was once the thriving town of Lahaina on the Hawaiian island of

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Red kettle boiling over fire
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The lost whistle

For one week each year I tolerate the deprivations that come with camping so that we can attend a Christian festival. Over the years we’ve

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Choosing a sovereign

But for an accident of history the Orkney Islands might still be part of Norway and ruled by men with names such as Erik Bloodaxe

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Jesus carrying his cross
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Forgiveness

It would seem that Vladimir Putin is unfamiliar with the saying that harbouring unforgiveness is like drinking poison and hoping the other person will die.

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Sunlight shining under the sea
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To seek and save

As I write the eyes of the world are focussed on the desperate search to find a tiny submarine lost in the North Atlantic. Last

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Bride and groom holding hands facing into distance
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A binding commitment

Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant tells the story of an American soldier, John Kinley, and his Afghan interpreter, Ahmed. The sole survivors of an ambush deep

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Travelling with ease

Pitching to the Dragons Den in 2006, the inventor of the Trunki ride-on suitcase for children was told his idea was worthless. It was one

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Power to the people

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

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The Greatest Love

‘Adoption is the greatest expression of love I can think of’. So said Brent, a Canadian who was giving a lift to Zainab and Mobeen

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