The Journey Begins

Please enter your email below and I'll let you know when new items arrive. This year has been full of unexpected events, and it started for me with a pretty big one! After 25yrs of running my charity finance and advice business I have taken a back seat. That was March, what a different world... Continue Reading →

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When Will I Ever Learn?

“As we journey through life, discarding baggage along the way, we should keep an iron grip, to the very end, on the capacity for silliness. It preserves the soul from desiccation.” (Humphrey Littleton, quoted in The Times.) Right now we’re all trying hard to make sense of things. Danger threatens from different directions; serious hardship or... Continue Reading →

Gratitude

Having not written anything for a while, here’s a little piece of foolishness:  We were enjoying dinner in our hotel, a reasonable 3 star. I mostly listen these days, never a bad thing, particularly in my case. Partly this is related to my increasing hearing problems, which I sort of overcome with hearing aids.. Whilst... Continue Reading →

Let’s Welcome the Stranger

Getting home late from a week away, and needing bread and milk, Anita sent me off to Tesco while she unpacked. There’s a Polish supermarket 3 minutes walk away; one of half a dozen or more in the town, and I thought let’s give it a try.  It was a novel experience. I was completely... Continue Reading →

Thoughts from sunny but windy Cornwall

We’ve been resting up in a lodge in deepest Cornwall this last week. Visited the seals at Godrevy Point, immersing ourselves into the sights and sounds of a part of the country we all love. Today sadly was marred by a most unfortunate incident. Millie does not like wind or rain. It’s been windy for... Continue Reading →

Authority and Power (2)

My last blog on Authority and Power hit the spot with a number of readers. 'This almost exactly mirrors the situation I'm in'. 'You must have written this just for me', to mention a couple of comments. And I've been told some harrowing tales of charities where there's been a disharmony between authority and power.... Continue Reading →

Authority and Power

Last night we popped out to watch ‘Doubt; a Parable at the Festival theatre. A 5 star performance from 4 players who worked hard to produce a memorable experience. It came at a time when I’ve been reflecting on Authority and Power.  The play was all about the interplay of these two themes; on the... Continue Reading →

My Bet With God

I’m told there are over 12 million dogs in the UK. Many of the 3.2 million pets acquired during lockdowns will have been dogs. With us all being pretty much shut in for so long it must have seemed like everyday is Christmas Day for dogs who need our company rather more than self sufficient... Continue Reading →

Charity Briefing – New Charities Bill

I’d quite forgotten that a new Charities Act is underway until I was reminded by a question that arrived recently. The bill is still in committee stage and will be a while before it becomes an act. It’s a considered attempt by the government to make life simpler for charities by removing some of the... Continue Reading →

My Year Ahead

For the first time ever, I go into a new year with no major responsibilities, outside of Anita my wife and Millie, a small dog who thinks she's a big dog. I've stood down my trustee responsibilities and, though I'm still useful to my old business, I'm very happy to stand well back in the... Continue Reading →

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