Kindness, acknowledge me 

Last week I ran a marathon, some people I know never even mentioned it, not a good luck or a well done even though I talked about how gruelling it was. Acknowledge me.. There’s a Prince song of that name. It’s a simple message. Acknowledge someone for the good they have and help them be a part of the world, we’ve no idea what hell people might be going through.

Kindness, the fearful and the brave

This weekend, I listened to a story on radio 4, it was a documentary about a guy who had raised money for refugees and went to ‘the jungle’ in Calais to help them. It resulted in him trying to smuggle a 6 year old girl into the UK. He was caught and faced prosecution in France. The thing that shocked me was the reaction from people. Some said he was a hero some said he shouldn’t go to prison instead he should be hung to die because he tried to smuggle a future suicide bomber into the country. How frightened people are, and how brave people are. 


The morning of my wife’s birthday I handed her her first gift. As she unwrapped it she said, “It’s a wand! What do I want with a wand?””It’s not just any wand,” I replied, “It’s a magic wand!”

“Really?” she said. “What does it do?”

“Why don’t you give it shake,” I told her, “and don’t forget to say the magic words.”

“Okay,” she said shaking the wand. “Abracadabra!”

“Bloody hell my love!” I said, peering down the side of the bed. “You’re not going to believe this.”

“What is it?” she asked all excitedly.

I said, “You’ve just made all your other presents disappear!”