Want to stay alive? Wear a PFD / Lifejacket.

Three people sailing in keelboat

Wear a lifejacket (PFD). It’s a marine safety mantra. Yet people still opt out. A study of six years of RNLI incident data shows that in all inshore, coastal and near water activity wearing a lifejacket is indisputably the dominant factor in survival when things go wrong.

Holy angels on the loose

The Christmas story is full of Angels. Not nice metaphorical angels, but fearful bearers of the news of heaven, breaking into the both ordered and hardscrabble human life. As we live through the Third Lockdown of Coronatide, God’s holy angels who announced the birth of the Christ in Bethlehem, are still on the loose. These … Read more

Fatal casualties in recreational marine incidents. A Norwegian perspective

Small boats moored at Norwegian jetty

In a scoping study of recreational marine accidents in Norway 2008-2018 the Norwegian marine incident branch collated information about recreational fatalities, and incidents. Half the fatalities were attributable to drowning, associated with capsize especially in the context of small vessels, falling overboard, or falling between jetty and vessel. Due to collection methods the most reliable … Read more

Abandoned ordnance still hazards fishermen

Shortly before Christmas 2020 the 12m fishing boat Galwad-Y-Mor was hauling her gear when an underwater explosion occurred. The ships company of 7 were all injured, some in life changing ways. The boat was heavily damaged and but for the good practice of the crew would have sunk. The presumption at this stage is that … Read more

Christmas in Care Homes

In cooperation with Living With Harmony the leading Music Therapy consultancy and producer, a series of three short videos for use as reminiscence therapy in care homes or other settings. Key readings from the Christmas Story set with evocative video. The account of the Angel Gabriel appearing to Mary, mother of Jesus. A reading from … Read more

The sea knows

For the many thousands of people who were dragged into servitude through the Atlantic surf from Elmina this fort was their last link to African continent. The stones of the rough slave quarters and the passage through the gate of no return leak sadness. Consigned in sweetly evil trade. Enslaved, diseased, murdered. The deep bears … Read more

A migrant people

A young person wears a t-shirt reading No human is ilegal

Humans are a migrant people. Before the land was marked, we walked into the furthest corners of the earth. By mystery even the furthest islands were settled. It is the dust of the earth: carbon, that gives us life. In its abuse we make our stewardship pain. Pain for the earth. Pain for those who … Read more