View from the Whitehouse
Sep04

View from the Whitehouse

This year, I’ll be holding South Zeal Flower Show on our front porch and judging my own garden produce. Obviously, given this whole crazy year, the real thing has been cancelled but that doesn’t mean we can’t all still be properly chuffed with what we’ve managed to grow and, even more, what we managed to save from the August weather. The show is one of the highlights of my year and I love my crazy competitive spirit, entering as many...

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View from the Whitehouse
Apr18

View from the Whitehouse

It’s time to admit once and for all that I am an Old Fart. Once you’ve realised that every single pocket contains Polo mints, dog kibble or chicken feed there really aren’t any other options. All I can aim for now is becoming a magnificent Old Fart. Horsey people are probably the best at that; farmers are pretty good and dog-owners a close third. Cat people are, of course in their own category of bonkers but a previously...

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View from the Whitehouse – Chickens
Mar22

View from the Whitehouse – Chickens

I may have a few talents but I’m definitely not a chicken whisperer. Last year, I purchased three bantams at point of lay. I thought that, being smaller, they’d be less destructive than the Marans we’d had before. Pardon me while I laugh bitterly at the wreck that once was the rockery… What I really hadn’t counted on was a) the lightness and b) the flat-out awkwardness of these mini-chickens as they conspired to get through,...

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View from the Whitehouse
Feb23

View from the Whitehouse

One of the oddest things about being a professional comedian is not that you live in a twilight world of madness and stupidity; you get used to that. I’m also dyslexic and frequently wonder why life keeps giving me melons… The strangest thing is that folk will keep asking you to perform for free. In my case, being a vicar as well, they probably assume that God will pay but while God may be love and compassion, He’s a bit like...

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View from the Whitehouse
Dec14

View from the Whitehouse

It is entirely possible that sometime in the next week or so you might venture into a church. It may be a concert that tempts you or a carol service or, perhaps, a last-minute somewhat tipsy decision to go to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve but, whatever the reason, it’s handy to have a vague clue as to what might be going on. So here are a few pointers that the secular church-visitor may find useful to know… Christianity...

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