The Meaning of Crisps..

As you may know, I am on the rota for the ‘Thought for the Day’ slot on BBC Radio Bristol’s breakfast show. At some point the day before, I receive an email telling me what subjects are going to be discussed the next day…usually three or four topics. This week, there were several interesting topics […]

Looking Up

Today, Major Tim Peake became the first Briton to complete a spacewalk from the International Space Station (others have done so but with dual UK/US nationality). Here’s my Thought for the Day for Radio Bristol about today’s events: It’s very easy to look down at your feet – but some people make you look up. […]

Pentecost/Aldersgate/Wesley…(A Methodist Mash Up)

On Pentecost Sunday, the Church tells the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ disciples in Jerusalem and the amazing things that happened to them (see here for the story from the Book of Acts) This year, Pentecost Sunday also fell on May 24th, which in Methodist circles is also known as […]

International Women’s Day or Mothering Sunday?

I’ve had one of those moments. A moment when a question pops into your head for no reason and suddenly it makes perfect sense. A moment when you want to see if anyone else thinks it makes perfect sense as well. So here goes: March 8th was International Women’s Day. According to the official website, […]


Today’s Thought for the Day, regarding the Ofsted inspector in a school assembly: “On Tuesday I was due to visit a local school to take an assembly. I had everything planned and prepared, but then I got a message – “We’ve had THE PHONE CALL – the Ofsted inspector is coming in”. My initial reaction was […]

The Everlasting Arms (for Becky Watts)

This morning’s Thought for the Day had to be prepared carefully and delivered sensitively. On February 19th, 16-year-old Becky Watts, from St George in Bristol, went missing. Her family live about a mile away from Kingswood, where we live. Today (March 4th), her stepbrother Nathan Matthews was charged with her murder after body parts were […]

Prawn Cocktail Pancakes….anyone?

This week my Thought for the Day fell on Shrove Tuesday. This was also the day that a nostalgic feature on Berni Inns was being discussed on the breakfast show. The Rummer Hotel, (site of the very first Berni restaurant) was staging a Berni Inns Revival Night. The menu comprised of classic retro food – prawn […]