A Word from the Other Side by Trevor Plumbly

No Flowers by Request The day started out normally enough: tea in hand, talkback radio blaring (if you’re reasonably sane it’s nice to know what the nutters are up to) and the untouched cryptic crossword sitting like a cerebral kickstarter on the table. This pleasant little vignette of normality got a bit shattered when Pam announced, ‘I’ve just had an email from Glen offering his condolences on your recent demise.’ I considered this for a second or two. It’s not every day you get told you’ve conked it and the news quite… Read More

On Being in Limbo by Angela Caldin

Many commentators on the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 have described the situation of the friends and relatives of those on board as being ‘in limbo’. Starved of news and without any plausible explanation of what had happened, feeling neglected and overlooked, they found themselves in a state of continuing uncertainty which led to deep frustration, anxiety and despair. What is Limbo? The word limbo derives from the latin limbus meaning a hem or border or something joined on. The concept of limbo was developed by Peter Abelard in the… Read More