Open air concerts by Angela Caldin

I’d never been to a big open air concert, not properly, so when my friend suggested that we could go and see Carole King perform in Hyde Park this July, I leapt at the chance. We were on the last minute with our booking, but managed somehow to get half price tickets in the Premier View section. My friend spied a picture of some chairs as we were booking and we convinced ourselves we’d be comfortably seated just near the stage with a clear view of the delightful Carole. Going back in… Read More

New Zealand Leads the World! By Angela Caldin

It may not be the most exciting way to spend New Year’s Eve, but going to see the film Suffragette in my favourite cinema at Mission Bay was definitely both rewarding and thought-provoking. Votes for Women in the United Kingdom It’s hard to believe that only about a hundred years ago, the women of the UK had to resort to sustained violent action to advance the cause of votes for women. In the film, which is set in 1912/13, it is made clear that the women of all classes of society were… Read More

On a Positive Note by Trevor Plumbly

The Piano Lady Looking back, I’ve decided that I’ve been a bit curmudgeonly lately and I feel it’s about time I strayed to the positive side. Being a grumpy old git suits me most of the time, but I like a bit of variety and, of course, I’ve got what I prefer to describe as my avid readers’ interests to consider as well. I’ve just finished watching a documentary on Pavarotti and it occurred to me how little thought I’ve given to the importance of music in my life. Mercifully for the… Read More

Gossip: harmless chat or destructive bullying? By Angela Caldin

I was interested to see that one of my fellow blogger’s heroes of 2014 is Pope Francis. I have to agree that many of his calls for action have come as a breath of fresh air to those of us who think of the Catholic Church as bogged down with stale theological argument rather than giving us a helping hand in our daily lives. He’s advised us not to waste food, to make time for others, to choose more humble purchases and to meet the poor and marginalised person to person. I… Read More

Looking back by Trevor Plumbly

It’s that time again! Most of us have recovered from the excesses of feel-good and overindulgence and are bracing ourselves for the new year. But hang on folks! What about putting the last one to bed. Lots of stuff happened in 2014, and it seems a shame to let it go without some comment. Enlightened Faith Man of the year? I am not a Catholic but surely it must be Pope Francis. Rising from relative obscurity to become the world’s most recognised religious leader must be daunting enough, especially in the light… Read More