Soldiers do not go to war against eight-year-old girls

I can’t stop thinking about the victims of last night’s terrorist attack in Manchester. And I can’t begin to imagine what the parents are going through (even though I have had a rude introduction to real debilitating grief myself this year). And while there are many victims – each of whom is precious and deeply […]

Man the barricades!

Man the barricades. Halt the trains. Stop the busses. Hold the trains. Close the airports. Seal the Channel Tunnel. Clear the streets. Declare an emergency. Mobilise the Civil Contingencies Unit. Cancel all police leave. Hold a COBRA meeting. Pull the TV schedules for rolling news coverage. Bring Kate Adie out of retirement. Close the schools […]

Why can’t we have culturally relevant Christian TV in the UK?

In October last year I was invited by Sat-7, the Arabic Christian television network, to visit their studios in Cairo. I was impressed by what I saw: a small team of dedicated professionals committed to serving the church in their locality with culturally-relevant locally-produced programmes. Christians in Egypt are experiencing something of a transformation as […]

Today the Irish, tomorrow the Germans: Let us remember them together

Today, the Irish government will receive an official invitation to take part in the Remembrance Sunday commemorations at the Cenotaph: the UK’s annual flagship memorial event attended by the Queen and senior members of the royal family, senior politicians from across the political divides, former prime ministers, High Commissioners from Commonwealth countries, religious leaders, military officers […]

Walsall manager Dean Smith on transfers, injuries, pre-season games, and the season ahead

This morning the Walsall squad were put through their paces by manager Dean Smith, head coach Richard O’Kelly and Physio Jon Whitney at an open training session on the Banks’s Stadium pitch. It is a simple idea that the club has run a few times now in recent years and, as always, it began with a […]

St John’s Churchyard, Heath Hayes and the not-so “complicated procedures” on closure

When I left the Diocese of Lichfield almost three years ago to return to journalism, I took the decision that I would not report on the diocese. It is a rule that I have occasionally broken, when the circumstances are appropriate and when it is clear that there is no conflict of interest. Such instances have included […]

Backing #TeamGethin as Walsall’s quiet man defends British lightweight title

Walsall boxer Martin Gethin will fight to retain his British lightweight title when he takes on former champion Derry Mathews at the Liverpool Olympia tonight. The 30-year-old challenger told the Liverpool Echo that defeat tonight would result in his retirement; but Walsall’s Quiet Man, Martin Gethin, is equally keen to retain it. “Winning the British […]

Prince William in the IRA

Not a lot of people know this, but Prince William was once a member of the IRA! He has since left the organisation, as BBC Breakfast News reported this morning in this hilarious broadcasting Oops! (If the embedded video doesn’t work, click here to watch it at Moby)

I’m looking for a woman!

Recent matches at the Banks’s Stadium have seen the return of the half-time Crossbar Challenge, where four fans have a chance to win a 2014/15 season ticket simply by hitting the crossbar with a ball kicked from the edge of the D. We’ve had numerous near misses, some very wide misses, plenty of goals and […]

Walsall’s Open Training Session returns!

Dean Smith, Richard O’Kelly, Neil Cutler, Jon Whitney and the rest of the coaching team of Walsall Football Club will be putting the players through their paces at another open training session at the Banks’s Stadium later this month. The club has run this free event several times over the past three seasons and it […]

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