On the number 64 to the Vatican

Just after I was ordained priest in 1987, four of us friends (including one other priest) went to Rome on holiday.  The other priest and I were so amazingly happy to celebrate Mass on the altar at the tomb of St Peter.  Sadly, we couldn’t have any photos back then, but my name is etched…

“It’s you boys who know all about these things!”

On the 25th August 2016, I visited Buckingham Palace for what I’m sure must be over a dozen times in these past 23 years of summer openings.  In my more pious days as a teenager, a good little Catholic boy, whenever I would visit the outside of the palace railings, I would say the Pater,…

Tales of the Coleherne

My heart would be pounding as I got on the underground and headed for Earl’s Court … it seemed that there were more men ‘like me’ … some even used to wear pretty coloured hankies in their back pockets!

Her jaw dropped … from his toes up!

Leaving home at 17, and moving into the Nurses’ Home, was my first real chance at anything like a long term relationship.  My boyfriend was Paul.  We were together for about 9 months, during my two years’ orthopædic nursing at the Prince of Wales’ Hospital, Rhyd-Lafar, when we were both about 18, or so.  The…

She’s “THIS” big!

My Mother was such a good cook!  We had a coal fire in the kitchen, with a built-in oven.  Whether it was family-picked black current, blackberry or apple tarts, steak or corned-beef pie, or any other number of gorgeous home-made goodies, she blamed all this family cooking as the reason for why she put on…

“Which position do you play, Mate?”

“Which position did you play, Mate?”  If I had had a pound for every time I have been asked that question, in relation to rugby, I would be rich!  Heavier now in these later years than when I was younger, I am often asked if I played in the front row.  It would be great…