Orkney Chapel of Peace and Reconciliation On its 70th anniversary, May 2014, Pope Francis gave his blessing and a wish "that this chapel, built in time of war, may continue to be a sign of peace and reconciliation". Days later a door was kicked in by vandals. Months later three Stations of the Cross plaques were stolen. They have since been replaced by exact replicas with sophisticated security monitoring. (Maev Kennedy, The Guardian, 18 Aug 2014; Maggie Parham, Independent, 13 May 1999)
White Easter flower The one remaining flower in bloom in this clump in our garden, the others having shed their petals for this year and begun to form seeds.
I remember watching the film Chocolat, based on Joanne Harris's book of that name, on an overnight coach returning from a holiday in France. The priest began his Easter Day sermon with these words (as I remember them):
'I speak to you today, not of Christ's divinity, but of his humanity.'
Jewish medical physicist, Josef Rotblat, whose wife, Tola, died in a concentration camp, ended his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech years later with these words:
'Above all, remember your humanity.'
It's almost two years since I published In Our Fathers' Footsteps (see under BOOKS). My latest book, One Dog and His Cop, about my cousin's police dog,was published 30 November this year (see under BOOKS).