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This fragile day

Posted by Simon Parke, 16 Mar 2018

When a fragile day appears

Don’t rush past it or drown it out

Some days are strong, confidently-filled

Some days are busy, carrying us unconscious…

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Ken Dodd remembered

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Mar 2018

Ken Dodd was very funny.

He must have been – he was idolised in Liverpool despite being a campaigning Tory.

He was, as Alan Davies said, a ‘relentless gagster’, who, with an audience before him, just couldn’t stop…

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Look, weep, live!

Posted by Simon Parke, 13 Mar 2018

I don’t believe in guilt.

I don’t believe guilt changes people… but hardens them.

It sits like cold sick in our being, uncomfortable, unpalatable, unmoving…

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Cover of Another Bloody Retreat

In the first of my Abbot Peter mysteries, in a prequel to the Abbot’s Stormhaven adventures, Peter takes us back to the monastery of St James-the-Less. There in the shadows of Mt Sinai, Abbot Peter faces a discomforting cocktail of deception, delusion and death.

Cover of The Indecent Death of a Madam

The Abbot Peter murder mystery series continues with The Indecent Death of a Madam. What brings together the Stormhaven Etiquette Society, Model Services (the town’s only brothel) and Bybuckle Asylum, a desolate shell on the seafront that housed over 700 mental patients prior to the dubious dream of ‘care in the community’? A cold-blooded execution that both shocks and confounds.


The Beautiful Life retreat offers a contemplative experience, including input from Simon, meditation, sharing, silence and time for yourself. Here you will find community and solitude, rest and inner search, based on material in Simon’s book The Journey Home (originally published as The Beautiful Life). In a climate of safety and acceptance, we dare to contemplate the truth of ourselves, the mess and the magic, the place to which our journey has brought us.

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