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In this country, it's still unusual to see a clergyman arrested and taken to court. Rev Dan Woodhouse was, back in October. He allegedly broke into the BAE site at Warton in Lancashire in order to disarm jets. Rev Woodhouse was troubled by events in Yeman, and evidently thought that damaging the fighter planes was making a stand for those suffering in the war. A video of him on the BBC website shows him saying that he did a fine thing. 
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Let’s go back to last Saturday’s entry, and take another look at that list. 

Out of those thirty-two things that a man ought to know how to do, I can claim a total of twenty-nine. The things that I don’t know how to do are as follows: treat frostbite, perform the Heimlich manoeuvre, and whistle with my fingers. 

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One of Burnley’s panoply of pubs was once a chapel. Carved onto its date stone is the word Jireh, a strange-sounding word. It is ancient Hebrew and is usually suffixed to God’s Old Testament personal name, Jehovah. Together, they mean ‘The Lord will provide’.

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On Monday, a close relative died. I had caught the train to Hull once or twice a week for the last couple of months to spend time with him. At first, the visits were to his home, then the hospital, then the hospice. Seeing him so regularly, but with intervals, allowed me to better observe and chart his decline. It struck me that the cancer was merely a catalyst- it sped up a universal process that would have had the same result. The long train journeys afforded the time to ponder: which is kinder? A sudden death, or a slower, anticipated slog in a hospice?