When you’re surrounded by enemies…

In many big Hollywood blockbusters, there’s often a bad guy and a good guy. From pantomime villains to gun-toting psychopaths, loads of films are based on the idea of baddies versus goodies.  In the Bible, the ‘baddies’ were a group known as the Amalekites.They pop up quite a lot and were known for their unrelenting […]

What Netflix and the Bible have in common…

I read a tweet the other day about the Bible, which left me feeling a bit confused. The gist of the post was that while the Bible is important, reading it doesn’t necessarily make me a ‘good’ Christian.   After all, before the printed press, most people (other than Priests and people who were super […]

Risen movie – the Jesus I know.

I’m not a film buff. I can’t spot subtle character nuances in films or speculate on what directors were trying to subconsciously communicate. But I do love a good movie with a clever plot and Risen (which I saw tonight) is just that. It tells the story of Clavius, a high-ranking Roman official serving under Pilate’s rule. […]

The day I was famous.

I’ve been reading the slightly odd and narcissistic-sounding tweets of a famous musician this week. He’s been tweeting about his own genius and influence and his incredible new music. You probably know who I mean. I was famous once too…for about 60 minutes. It was years ago and I was asked at short notice to […]

Are you destroying yourself?

This week, I’ve been gripped by another Netflix special; Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Jessica is a tortured, messed-up, alcoholic private investigator who has a secret – she’s also a superhero. She developed the gift of super strength after surviving a car accident which killed her whole family. She’s now mostly alone in the world, trying to […]

What are you watching?

Oh Netflix, how I love thee.  Ever since I discovered the joy of US drama boxsets, I’ve been gripped by The Good Wife, Greys and more recently (and somewhat darker), the US version of House of Cards. Many of the dramas usually start out innocently enough; great plot, quirky characters mixed up with a few […]

Jesus comes to London…

So, apparently Jesus has arrived in London.  Ok, to be fair, it’s a guy who looks a bit like Jesus. He’s well known in LA,  has his own TV show, rides public transport, turns up to bars and gigs and gets selfies with celebrities.  There’s a tumblr about him and Californians of all religions and none, queue up to […]

A crashed plane in Kenya…and water in the desert.

About 7 or 8 years ago, when I worked for an aid agency, there were terrible reports filtering through of a looming food crisis in Turkana, Northern Kenya. Turkana is a really dry and arid place (one of the hottest parts of Kenya…and trust me, that’s HOT!) and the chief occupation there is herding and […]

The Shawshank Redemption…and hope.

The Shawshank Redemption is my favourite Hollywood movie of all time. I have it on DVD, must have seen it at least 10 times and every time it comes on TV, I still hunker down for the night and watch it again. I sometimes even pause and then rewind to my favourite bits…even though I […]