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Coffee and Fellowship

There is a ritual. At the end of the service (which may or may not include Communion just before the end), there will be one last song, one last prayer, and some closing remarks. You may be expected to recite “the Grace”, but that is...

Very White and Very English

I remember one dark-skinned family. I think they were Middle Eastern but they might have been North African. I remember one white South African woman, married to an Englishman, and two or three American families. Everyone else I can remember was white and English. Not...

Wherever Two or Three Meet Together

One of the more reliable aspects of an evangelical church building is that they don’t really look like churches. It’s quite common to meet in school halls, while a church is young or otherwise doesn’t have its own building. But even dedicated church buildings are...

Ex-GLE

Finding an Advent Science subject was difficult this year. I seriously considered not taking part at all. It’s been several years since I graduated and my professional speciality is pretty arcane, though one of these years I might regale you with tales from the self-corrective...

Audacious Widgets

Who are these dreaded auditors who will ask so many questions? Auditors are grey-robed, hooded figures who speak only in the third person and wish for the universe to be comprehensively catalogued, explain, and, if at all possible, static. No, wait, that’s Auditors. Mundane auditors...

Sign And Date

The reason to obsessively write things down is that if you write down what you did, then later, you’ll know what you did. It’s as simple as that. It’s good record-keeping. Don’t wait until four pm when you’ve been fighting fires all day to write...

Widget Emergencies

Change control doesn’t mean making sure that nothing ever changes. It means making sure that when change inevitably does happen, it happens in a controlled fashion. It’s like the difference between a floor and a safety line – it’s not there to stop you falling,...

Changeable Widgets

No matter how good your systems, there will be times when things go wrong. There will be times when your widgets need to be put back through the polishing machine again, or when you have to get all hands on deck to package them because...

Limited Edition Widgets

Why is an over-narrow limit bad? Why is an over-narrow limit even a meaningful concept – surely getting things more right is always better? If you define your widgets as a particular shade of red, and you define that shade as narrowly as you can...

Free-Range Widgets

How narrowly a range should be defined depends entirely on what you’re making and what its purpose is. Red paint for car repairs needs to be very exact in shade, but the levels of bacteria are probably completely irrelevant. Red icing for cakes needs to...