This is an old article I wrote about Churchill – which I was reminded of as I was working through old papers. It still seems relevant today (although it was written in 2003) Churchill – The Greatest Briton? I have just returned from a great holiday in the Netherlands. No computer. No TV. No phone (apart from the occasional mobile – yes I am one … Continue reading Was Churchill the Greatest Briton?
This is a paper I presented to a conference of academics in Cromarty celebrating the work of Hugh Miller. Miller is one of Scotland’s unsung great historical heroes. I was reminded of this when listening to Nicola Sturgeon’s conference speech last week – which contained a short section on Scottish history that was more interesting for what it missed out rather than what it said. … Continue reading Hugh Miller – The Christian Radical
This is a stunning film – albeit with weaknesses. It examines the morality of modern warfare, in particular people sitting in rooms in London or the US and pushing buttons to kill people in Africa. One thing I will say about the film is that it is intense from beginning to end and as such time just flies by – I could … Continue reading Eye in the Sky – A Review
I posted the following article on Christian Today this week. You can get the original here. http://www.christiantoday.com/article/camerons.drone.strike.in.syria.means.the.death.penalty.has.returned.to.britain/64210.htm I have to say that I have been surprised by the vehemence of much of the response. I have no objection to Christians and others disagreeing with what I say and seeking to correct me. I could well be wrong. But what really bothers me is the way … Continue reading David Cameron, Drones and the Return of Capital Punishment
American Sniper is about to become a somewhat surprising megahit. Already it has taken $250million at the US box office and it seems certain to be a hit all over the world – expect perhaps the Middle East. Myself and Annabel went to see it, at our favourite cinema, the DCA in Dundee, last Saturday. I was so keen to see it that we even … Continue reading American Sniper- A Review
This is the latest ‘Fleabytes’ from Solas. We look at the intractable problem of Syria. Amidst all the concern about bombing Syria and the West, spare a thought for the ancient Christian churches in Syria and the people who seemed to be faced with an impossible choice. Continue reading Bombing Syria