Sunday, December 31, 2006

Farewell 2006

A year of depressingly familiar international conflicts and problems but also a wide slice of life with friends and family.

A welcome:

A sentimental journey:

A reunion:

A lovely wedding:

A delightful trip to Gascony:


some medical attention; with many thanks to all who rallied round:

and a sad farewell:

Saturday, December 23, 2006

"O little town of Bethlehem........."

If Joseph and Mary, and indeed the three wise men of Matthew's Gospel, were to arrive at Bethlehem today they would be confronted by the Israeli constructed West Bank Barrier and would almost certainly be turned away.

The West Bank Barrier at Bethlehem

Monday, December 11, 2006

Vampire Rabbit aglow in Newcastle....or is it a hare?

photograph courtesy of Susan Chaplin

Newcastle upon Tyne is currently hosting Glow, a collection of lighting installations and illuminations scattered around its quayside district.

the photo above is of a doorway in Amen Corner near the city's St Nicholas Cathedral. Above the door is the 'Vampire Rabbit' a gargoyle with red fangs and long red nails.

photo by S Ellwood