Waiting to Fly




I’m very pleased today – ‘proper chuffed’, I might say – to have had the opportunity to observe and photograph a few young cheepers up close.  The above photo is a particular favourite.

You know, in my life, I regularly see a lot of ugliness (not least when looking in the mirror), and so it’s always a tonic to behold the beauty and wonder of Creation.

Journalism, especially of the investigative kind, often involves poking one’s nose into ugliness, noise and filth.  It’s therefore always a blessing to see and hear that which is good to behold – be it in people or in nature.

Today I came across a nest with three young Wrens (I think they were Wrens; may be wrong) in an old chicken coop, although in fact the Wrens were flitting around the walls of the coop in premature attempts to fly the nest.  They aren’t developed enough to fly quite yet, but they’re well on the way – just waiting to fly and to do all that God created them for.  Wonderful.

Thanks be to Him for the opportunities He gives when we’re ready to shoot, right place, right time.

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Archbishop Justin Welby snubs victims of Satanist Ritual Abuse

EXCLUSIVE by Richard Carvath.  23 May 2016.



Archbishop Justin Welby has stunned survivors of Satanist Ritual Abuse (SRA) by his failure to speak out on their behalf.

Nobel Peace Prize nominee and children’s campaigner Robert Green wrote to Welby in a letter dated 14 March 2016.  The subject of Green’s letter was “Satanist ritual abuse”.

Mr Green wrote: “…not enough is being done in order to counter this evil and protect the most vulnerable from horrific acts of abuse.”

“It is my view that a public statement made by you on this terrible situation would have an immense and positive effect.  Would you be prepared to do so?”

On 18 March 2016 Welby’s correspondence secretary Andrew Nunn wrote a reply to Mr Green.

On behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Mr Nunn assured Mr Green that Justin Welby would “respond appropriately … robustly and without delay” to criminal convictions made against perpetrators of SRA.

Mr Green duly replied, in a letter dated 11 April 2016, in which he cited the conviction of Colin Batley (2011, Kidwelly) as just one example, and also referred to the well-known cases of the Satanist paedophile Jimmy Savile and SRA victim Hollie Greig.

Mr Green wrote: “…a public statement from Archbishop Justin would undoubtedly bring comfort and hope to those who have and are suffering SRA ordeals and would encourage others within and without positions of authority to speak out and confront this issue.”

To date, Mr Green has received neither acknowledgement nor reply from Lambeth Palace to his letter of 11 April, or to a reminder letter dated 17 May 2016.

Mr Green said: “I’ve supplied Lambeth Palace with undeniable evidence of SRA, as requested, but it looks as though Justin Welby has broken his promise to speak up for the victims of Satanist ritual abuse.”

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Hester Ruoff to play lead in Carry On Cathedral?

Well, if the rumours are right, the Carry On film franchise is to make a comeback next year with new film Carry On Cathedral.  What an exciting prospect.

Hollywood is thought to be lining up English actress Hester Ruoff for the leading role of Mary MacAvelly, the scheming Anglican mother who plots to…  but far be it from me to spoil it by giving away the plot.

If you thought church was boring, think again.  Carry On Cathedral will leave you in stitches as you watch the unfolding disaster of Mrs MacAvelly’s increasingly desperate efforts to stitch up every churchman who dares to stand in her way.

Will Mrs MacAvelly get her man to the top?  Who will be Archbishop?  Who can say?

We’ll just have to wait and see.  I’m sure Carry On Cathedral will be a five-star blockbuster in 2017.  Everybody loves a good Carry On.

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Crown Office Procurator Fiscal and the Press

Last month (6 April) the Response and Information Unit of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (in Edinburgh) responded to an FOI request by Mr David Scott in an emailed letter (COPFS ref: R011963) as follows:

“Dear Mr Scott,

Thank you for your request dated 14 December 2015 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) for the undernoted information:

1.  ‘Please confirm whether the COPFS has issued any letters, instructions, notices, directions or other correspondence to any newspaper, media organisation or broadcaster concerning the Hollie Greig case during [the] period 2010 to the present date.

2.  If the answer to item 1 is yes, please provide copies of any correspondence or the information contained therein.’

I can confirm that COPFS has issued information to newspapers, media organisations and broadcasters concerning the Hollie Greig case during the period 2010 to 14 December 2015.

However, I consider that the information issued to those newspapers, media organisations and broadcasters is exempt from release in terms of Section 34(1)(a)(i) of FOISA.


Hmm.  So Mr Scott has now been told officially that COPFS has indeed been in contact with the press over the Hollie Greig case, but COPFS have decided he’s not allowed to know what COPFS has said to various editors and journalists.  Isn’t that interesting?

Perhaps COPFS contacted journalists to say just what a delight it is to read the newspapers and do keep up the good work.  Or maybe it was something more sinister, such as legal threats to silence reporting of the Hollie Greig scandal.

Since COPFS won’t say what they said, we’re entitled to conclude that COPFS has something to hide.

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Mrs Alison Ruoff: the Sex Files

Article pending.

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Patrick Sookhdeo set for February 2017 trial at Snaresbrook

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, 69, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court today, for a hearing (Plea and Trial Preparation) presided over by His Honour Judge Oscar Del Fabbro.

Dr Sookhdeo was represented by Mr James Scobie QC.

Dr Sookhdeo re-affirmed his plea of Not Guilty to a charge of indecent assault on a woman (aged 16 or over) between 01 May 1977 and 30 September 1977.

Dr Sookhdeo was bailed to stand trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday 06 February 2017.  The trial is expected to last for five days.

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Background reading on British Christians and Israel

This Melanie Phillips article in The Spectator archive provides some useful background to two miscarriage-of-justice cases with which I’ve been publicly associated in the past year (victim Linda Jones and victim Patrick Sookhdeo).

Melanie Phillips wrote the article in 2002, just months after 9/11.

Phillips’ article considers exactly the sort of anti-Semitism which lay behind the appalling attacks on Linda Jones, a British Messianic Jew, in Watford in 2014.

Phillips’ article also mentions Dr Patrick Sookhdeo’s experience of encountering anti-Semitic hostility to Jews in British churches in 2002.  Patrick Sookhdeo’s views – then and now – are not popular amongst liberal ‘Christians’ such as David Ison (also mentioned in the Phillips article), who is nowadays the pro-homosexual Dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral.

‘Christians Who Hate The Jews’ is well worth a read.


[For the record, I am opposed to Replacement Theology and I love the people of Eretz Israel.]

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