Stories

Would you be ready?

When Christian Eriksen walked out onto the pitch for Denmark’s game against Finland he was in the prime of his life. Or so he thought.

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Birth Pains

David Attenborough has warned world leaders that we are “on the verge of destabilising the entire planet” unless urgent action is taken to limit climate change. Now

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When leaders come to town

It’s unlikely that anyone in the Cornish village of Carbis Bay missed preparations for the G7 summit in June 2021. With a population of slightly

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Last Words

The last words we say can leave a lasting legacy for those who follow.  In Stephen Spielberg’s famous film ‘Saving Private Ryan’, Captain John Miller sacrifices

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Satisfying our Hunger

I’ve sometimes wondered why the Very Hungry Caterpillar wasn’t given a name. Born on a Sunday he spends the first week of his life eating

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I found it!

In despair Viki Patel watched helplessly as the bespoke engagement ring slipped from his fiancée’s finger and sank to the bottom of Lake Windemere. After

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A Beautiful Flaw

The story is told of a man who collected water each day from the local stream. He carried the water in two clay pots hung

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Drinking to remember

Many may question the wisdom of Prince Harry’s very public baring of his soul in recent weeks. But no one can deny the emotional agony

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Finishing a Masterpiece

Michelangelo’s final sculpture remains unfinished. It depicts the moment when Jesus’s body is taken down from the cross and falls into the arms of his

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Wait and see

As Gary Lineker knows only too well sometimes its best just to wait and see. In 2015 his beloved Leicester City Football Club began their

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Ascended into where?

Forty days after His resurrection the Gospels record that Jesus ‘ascended into heaven’.  But where exactly did he go? In the early 1960’s it was widely,

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Unexpected Pregnancy

When Halima Cissé fell pregnant she and her husband Kader were delighted at the prospect of another child as a brother or sister for their

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Perfect love

There are some things in life which seem terribly unimportant… until they aren’t. Like the bolts I found at the back of a cupboard when

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Bent coppers

Where would we be without people like Superintendent Ted Hastings and his single-minded devotion to the law? Over six compelling seasons of the BBC drama,

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Parking spaces

For most of us parking at the supermarket is a means to an end. We need to get our food shop home and putting it

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Trashing artwork

Graffiti artist JonOne was upset to discover that his work of art had been vandalised. Painted before a live audience in Seoul in 2016 the

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It’s more than a game

It has often been observed that football is like a religion. Fans follow clubs with adoration verging on worship and make great sacrifices of time

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Jesus wept

With head bowed and heart broken the Queen cut a lonely figure at the funeral of her beloved husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. On a

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Are we ‘intruders’?

In his latest documentary David Attenborough gives a sobering assessment of our impact on the natural world. Human beings, he says, are ‘intruders’ and that

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Census 0000

Sitting in the comfort of my home while I fill out the 2011 census, I’m feeling very grateful not to have lived two thousand years

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