Posts by Stuart Irvin

This message will self-destruct… Part 3. October 2018

When the above phrase was uttered to the agents in the TV and Film adaptations of Mission Impossible they all knew what they were expecting and with cool resolve did not overreact. What about something though that self-destructs when you are not expecting it, indeed something that causes shock and surprise? Last week the well-known, yet consistently illusive, artist, Banksy, pulled off…

This message will self-destruct… Part 2. October 2018

When the above phrase was uttered to the agents in the TV and Film adaptations of Mission Impossible they all knew what they were expecting and with cool resolve did not overreact. What about something though that self-destructs when you are not expecting it, indeed something that causes shock and surprise? Last week the well-known, yet consistently illusive, artist, Banksy, pulled off…

This message will self-destruct… Part 1 October 2018.

When the above phrase was uttered to the agents in the TV and Film adaptations of Mission Impossible they all knew what they were expecting and with cool resolve did not overreact. What about something though that self-destructs when you are not expecting it, indeed something that causes shock and surprise? Last week the well-known, yet consistently illusive, artist, Banksy, pulled off…

Time Out – September 2018

Time Out – September 2018 On Saturday the 8th of September the church elders and I took some time out together. It was great. Here you can see our ‘Team Photo’. We made use of the excellent hospitality at Liberton Kirk. Their minister, John Young, kindly led us in worship and reflection and then facilitated some really helpful discussion. When he later had to…

Scottish Hospitality – Josh and Lindsay Bruce

The following post was written by Josh and Lindsay Bruce. Josh has recently completed his PHD and they will shortly be moving back to America. We wish them well and look forward to hearing about their next chapter. Legend has it that when the humble Scot, James Boswell, was introduced to the intimidating English man of letters, Samuel Johnson, he said: ‘I…

Our First Edinburgh Nativity

What’s your lasting memory of nativity plays at school and or church? For this week’s blog we have the reflections of Josh and Lindsay Bruce, members at St Cath’s, who are over from America and in Edinburgh for studies.   The movie A Charlie Brown Christmas is an American holiday tradition: it doesn’t feel like Christmas in the states until you’ve seen…

The Ball Is In Your Court. Nov 2017.

How do we invest in future generations? How do we make sure that we pass on what is cherished? Also, what are the things that we would like to learn from those who’ve ‘been there, done that and got the t-shirt’. Today I read an article about one of our most decorated sports figures who’s done more than ‘get the t-shirt’. He…

Random Acts of Kindness. November 2017

Have you ever been on the receiving end of an act of kindness – how did it make you feel? Likewise – have you ever shown a random person kindness and felt good about it? What are the reasons behind showing kindness in this way? An article published in the Evening News last week reported on the recent exploits of Lothian Transport…

Satisfied with statistics?

How do you feel when you become a statistic? Would you rather be part of, or separate from, the crowd? Some recent statistics suggested a decline in those who identify themselves as ‘religious’. The research, commissioned by the Humanist Society of Scotland, asked 1,016 Scottish adults if they were religious or not. 24% said they were; 72% said they were not. I’m…

New Term, New Starts. August 2017

Term has begun – at least for a good proportion of schools anyway.  I did the nursery run Yesterday morning, taking our eldest to nursery and our youngest to the child minder.  The pavements were thronging with adults and young people fresh-faced and ready for the new term.  It brought back lots of happy memories of when I was at that stage.…