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Tag Archive: Love

Remembering to love

It’s general election day here in the United Kingdom. Many of us will have been through this cycle many times and yet this campaign has seemed in some way different; it’s been more ideological and has at times appeared to get even more heated than normal. Glance at either the press or social media and you’ll find plenty of aggression and vitriol, usually written from the perspective of a perceived moral high ground. All too often when we don’t understand the choices of others, we dismiss their opinion and sometimes even attack their character. As James, the brother of Jesus, writes: ‘Out of the...
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His Love Never Quits

It’s funny, I wasn’t really surprised when it happened; I guess it had been coming for a while. Four years ago my then best friend of fifteen years cut me off cold. My sister had just died and I guess terminating the friendship was easier than having an awkward conversation around condolences. I don’t relate this in the hope of sympathy, or to air a grievance, I’ve long since forgiven, but I relate it because I know that so many people in life have, at one time or another, felt the feeling of being abandoned by someone they trusted. Don’t...
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Love is…

There’s a story I love about John the apostle; in his nineties, and unable to walk, his disciples would carry him to church in Ephesus. He was the only one of the twelve disciples left alive and people would press him for wisdom. Every time he answered them simply; ‘Little children,’ he said, ‘love one another.’ Little children, love one another. Yesterday morning I took a walk to Keleti station, Budapest. If you’ve seen any news in the past week you’ll probably know what’s been happening there. Thousands of people fleeing war in Syria have been camped under the concourse....
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No Record of Wrongs

Love. It’s probably the most written about topic in history; more than any other it has provoked men and women to write beautifully, chaotically, scarily, emphatically, dejectedly, emotionally, angrily, happily, disdainfully, jubilantly and everything in between. Love captures the human heart like nothing else. It was love, Homer tells us, that drove Menelaus to make war on Troy. It was love that inspired Byron to write so eloquently, Anna Karenina to hurl herself upon train tracks, Debbie Harry her heart of glass, and Eagle Eye Cherry to earnestly wish he could save tonight. Love captures the human heart like nothing else. In...
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Exit Stage Left

As I drove this morning I heard a story on the radio about the playwright, thespian and composer, Noël Coward. He had taken his good friend, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, then Queen and now fondly remembered as the Queen Mother, to the theatre to see his play, Blithe Spirit.  That night, the play was not performed as he had envisioned it. Embarrassed that his friend wasn’t seeing it at its best, he took matters into his own hands; after act one he demanded the lead role step down and replaced him with himself. I’m sure the second act benefited from having Noël in...
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