Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Priority seating

Most trains have a small sign above the seats near the door, telling you to leave them for old/disabled/pregnant etc. people.

This is what a train I was on the other day has. Much more noticeable!

Monday, 13 May 2019


Your job here is to make one person look good, and that person is not you.
(Matt the speechwriter getting told off in Madam Secretary 1:18 The time is at hand)

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Outrageous grace


We do good, and we get rewarded.

Or, we do wrong, and we get punished.


(other hand behind back)

We do wrong, but we don’t get punished.


We do wrong, but we get a good gift.

My class of 6-8 year olds: WHAT?!?! No! That makes no sense!

Although I've taught the word 'grace' before, I think putting it in the contect of justice and mercy - and using the actions - really makes it clear how startling it actually is.

From Every Tribe and Language and People and Nation

Monday, 6 May 2019

Another DIY tip

If you can't find your sanding block, an old hymn book does a good job.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019


Sign in Glasgow Science Centre:

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. George Bernard Shaw

I was there with my family - ranging in age from 39 to 77. We did lots of playing :-D

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Wild garlic & chicken sandwich


  • Chicken (I use frozen chunks)
  • Wild garlic leaves
  • Bread & butter
  • Black pepper
  • Lemon juice
  • A spot of oil 

  1. Heat oil in frying pan.
  2. Slice chicken thinly and add to pan (if using frozen, fry chunks until just soft enough to slice, and then return to pan).
  3. While cooking, grind on some pepper and add a dash of lemon juice.
  4. When nearly done, add chopped wild garlic leaves.
  5. Maybe add a (very little) water to deglaze the pan.
  6. Make sandwich.
  7. Eat!

I pick wild garlic when it's there (like now), chop it, and freeze it to use throughout the year.