Why are there seven days in a week?

A week made up of seven days is part of our modern global culture, but its origins date back to ancient civilisation. The Greeks gave us democracy, the Romans bridges and roads but… Continue reading

Io Saturnalia!

Is how we celebrate Christmas down to the Romans? It could well be… Did the Romans invent Christmas? “Io Saturnalia!” Two thousand years ago this was the seasonal greeting which would have chimed… Continue reading

Analysis: Witches and pagans

The words ‘pagan’ and ‘witch’ have meant different things to different people throughout history. Pagan is a catch-all term for pre-Christian religions. Modern Paganism is based on a revival of some of these.… Continue reading

Pagan beliefs: nature, druids and witches

Thousands of pagans travel to Stonehenge every year to celebrate the Summer and Winter solstices   Almost 57,000 people in England and Wales identify themselves as Pagan, according to the 2011 census, making… Continue reading

Women bishops – a century of struggle

Jayne on women bishops: Women Bishops: a century long struggle for recognition The rejection of women bishops by the general synod of the Church of England is the latest twist in a long… Continue reading

Bridges, beers and Bruges

A long over due update. In September I and my fabulous sister jumped on a Eurostar (well jumped on a coach, then a Euroostar, then another train) to visit Bruges (we then went… Continue reading

How the Church of England is engaging with social media

Faced with falling congregations, the Church of England is finding digital engagement via Twitter, Facebook and blogging sites a powerful and important part of its ministry and mission. Sister Elizabeth Pio based in… Continue reading

Analysis: DNR orders and Islam

Many devout Muslims believe that DNR orders represent a soft form of euthanasia which is strictly forbidden in Islam. According to the Koran, Muslims cannot kill, or be complicit in the killing of… Continue reading

Belgium Ik hou van je! (Belgium I love you!)

Tomorrow I return to the office after a week and a day’s leave. I had no specific plans, except attending the wonderful Dani and Ian’s wedding reception in Cardiff on Saturday 15, I… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Edinburgh and Lake District (Ice stitches)

Edinburgh during the Fringe This picture was taken from the Scott Memorial. Windermere This picture was taken from the back of the Swan ferry on Lake Windermere. Dove Cottage I took the photos… Continue reading