Easy, like Sunday morning?

HOW do people spend Sunday morn­ings? Perhaps by having a leisurely lie-in, reading the paper or Facebook messages, catching up with chores or visiting friends or family. They may also manage to fit in the weekly food shop, do some sport or take the kids to the park.

Something is missing from that list of activities.

Poet shows the funny side of rhyme and reason

HARRY BAKER is a Poetry World Cup champion, a rap battler, a dinosaur enthusiast, a fan of maths and, according to Ed Sheeran, ‘a champion’ for his witty wordplay and command of the English language. Whether he is performing his puns in front of a class of school kids, taking the stage at the Glastonbury Festival or entertaining TV audiences alongside his musical pal Chris on The Russell Howard Hour, Harry’s poetry captivates those who hear it – as can be judged from the 1.6 million views of his TED talk on YouTube. It’s smart and funny. Touching and punchy.

Keeping it real

IT may never make it onto the pages of a nouvelle cuisine cookbook but, thanks to a new film, the world now knows that potato peel pie is a real dish.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society depicts the life of people on the island while it was under Nazi occupation during the Second World War. In this issue of The War Cry Barbara Lyne describes some of the reality of that time as she recalls her experience of growing up on Guernsey with people who had lived through the war.

Good to know

HOW good are you at judging some­body’s character? What criteria do you use to decide what kind of person they are? Some people believe that first impressions are never wrong; others are more cautious.

Getting to know someone well takes time. The people we live or work with are the ones who know us best. They see us on our good days and our not-so-good days.

'I am an overcomer, not a victim'

MARILYN FUAH-DURUGO was 18 years old when she started talking to a man she had met at a friend’s party.

‘I hadn’t known him very long,’ says Marilyn, ‘but I’d met him through someone I trusted, so it didn’t raise any alarm bells. I had just moved back to England from the States, so I felt pretty lonely. He was friendly and charming and we liked each other.

A life that doesn't cost the earth

‘WE live in the world, and we’re not separated from it,’ says Ruth Valerio. ‘If we live in an environment that is harmed, then we are harmed as well. We can’t argue between either caring for people or caring for the environment – they go together.’

Theologian and social activist Ruth works for environmental justice in her role as director of global advocacy and influencing with Christian relief and development agency Tearfund. But when Ruth gets home, the environmental action doesn’t stop.

Not all right, Jack

‘HOW many more young people will it take for us to declare the knife stabbings as a national emergency?’ asked the Bishop of Woolwich, Dr Karowei Dorgu, a fortnight ago. The Bishop was speaking on the theme of social justice during a service at Westminster Abbey commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

It's time we spoke

IT’S a question that is often asked with a dry mouth and a fast-beating heart. One of the couple takes the other’s hand, looks into their eyes and asks: ‘Do you love me?’

The rest of their lives could depend on the answer that is given. If the response is no, then hopes are likely to be dashed and a relationship could end; but a yes opens up a world of happy possibilities.

Love may make the world go round, but it also comes with high expectations of commitment.

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