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How do they......?
"There are more questions than answers....” was the opening line of a popular song recorded by Johnny Nash in my much younger days – as always, if you are interested just Google or go to Youtube. The song continues thus “....and the more that I find out the less I know”. Nowadays most of the programmes I watch are quite informative, usually but not always, intentionally. I am am finding it to be true, the more that I learn the more I realise that there is an incalculable amount that I do not know.

Playing It Safe
I was recently talking to somebody about the trip I made to India in some years ago. It was through a Christian missionary organisation that sent out teams of volunteers to various different countries for short term projects, not unlike the BMS Action Teams but the usual duration was for only two or three weeks. The team I joined consisted of nine of us of varying ages both male and female and we undertook a variety of tasks spending a day at a school, a day at a drug and alcohol abuse residential centre where the aim was to rehabilitate firstly and to demonstrate Christian love in action.

Is It A Freebie?
We all know the sayings such as 'there is no such thing as a free lunch' or 'if it seems too good to be true then it probably is'. Any reader who uses an ipad or computer, will be familiar with 'pop-ups' that come from companies trying to sell you something. Often it is quite plainly an advertisement but sometimes they are like trojan horses saying why not have a look at this but when you dig deeper, yes, it is your money they are tying to part you from.

Doors and Rooms
Over the years a few people have shared with me details of a vision they have seen or other spiritual experiences and miracles. They have all been devout Christians whose words I trusted in absolutely, such as the lady I knew well who told me that one day when she was praying quietly at home she had suddenly begun to speak in tongues. She is a dear soul not given to flights of fancy or to boastfulness and I never heard the information since from anyone else so I do not believe it was shared widely.

Wandering Winnie
Whether this was a saying known only to my Mum I am not quite sure. However, as the phrase suggests, she used it to describe females of a wandering disposition, an inability to settle in either job, place, relationship or all three.

Yack, yack, yack
One of the online definitions of the word 'yack' that I read described it as trivial and incessant conversation. It sums up well the situation I found myself in recently when I was obliged to listen to the conversation of a woman close by.

Bitter Sweet Success!
Sometimes there are small successes amongst things that are not going so well. Take, for example, our raspberries. We bought two pots each with five canes from a Garden Centre I won't name.

What's that you heard?
One of my childhood pleasures was to go round to the next door neighbour's house.

Bit Of A Waddle
The birds have been entertaining me again. Watching two fat pigeons waddling up the garden as fast as they could. I couldn't make up my mind whether they were having a race, whether the back one was chasing the front one or whether both of them were in a hurry.

Not The Dentist!
I feel rather the same way about poems as I do paintings. There are some that I really like but in the vast scheme of things they would be a minority and, in case you are wondering, I don't write poetry though I have written the odd limerick from time to time.

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