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When It All Goes Wrong!

Taken from PENNIES FROM HEAVEN – HOW TO GET THEM AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM by Barrie Lawrence. Available from amazon.co.uk (UK) and amazon.com (North America) Chapter 18 When It All Goes Wrong! I have been there – twice. I know something about life when it all goes wrong. It happens, and sometimes quite unexpectedly, which intensifies the pain. * * * * * I have mentioned my friend John. He was doing well in his business and prospering in every way. With a beautiful wife and family, and a horse or two, life was good. What could go …

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A Romance Restored!

A Romance Restored. (Taken from ‘THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CONSTIPATED CAT – and Other True Stories of Answered Prayer.) It was towards the end of the 1990s when I first got hooked up. I had been using a computer since 1983, when a Sinclair Spectrum had enabled me to play Space Invaders, and games where spiders chased me round the screen. Not a good idea for a man who suffered from arachnophobia anyway! Then came a free offer that looked too good to refuse. A free computer. No catches or trickery – a free computer was offered to dentists …

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Thank You!

Thank you for buying my books! Well, some of you have, during the past 6 months, because I received my royalty cheque in the post yesterday. And some of you will have borrowed my books from libraries, and I receive payments for that twice a year; so long as sufficient numbers are borrowed, which has been the case so far. So another Thank you. BUT – it’s a strange world! I wrote my latest book (Pennies From Heaven) in order to help people who struggle with personal finance. Three significant people have gone out of their way to tell me …

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Dead Funny! – my patient, the undertaker.

DEAD FUNNY (Taken from ‘PATIENTS FROM HEAVEN – and Other Places’. “Dead funny, that,” said Bert. “Dead funny is what I say.” And his face expressed sadness, grief, and melancholia. Funny that. I always liked to see ‘new patients’ in my appointment book, though we had hardly entered the twenty-first century when appointment books as such virtually ceased to exist. We entered the age of the dental practice computer, and almost everything went paperless, including the appointment book. 11.00 ‘Mr. Albert Walpole. New patient. Full new patient examination.’ I have always told people that I liked my work and loved …

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An Angel in Venice!

This is a chapter from the book, THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE CONSTIPATED CAT! (a book on prayer and God’s provision). An Angel in Venice Suddenly – he was there. He showed us the way. And suddenly – he was gone! * * * Which is your favourite city? As a boy, Norwich, in the east of the UK was my favourite city. Well, it was my only city as I had not been anywhere else. We lived seven miles to the north of what is probably the only city in East Anglia, and if anyone had any doubt about …

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Aldeburgh

Wendy and I are just back from a few days on the Suffolk coast. Aldeburgh was a Victorian holiday resort, and has not changed much since. There is no Bingo, and no amusement arcades. However, there is an elegant seafront facing the shingle beach, where fishing boats add to the atmosphere of time standing still. They smoke fish, and I enjoyed peering in the wooden huts where their wares are on display, and emerging with a bag of king prawns to enjoy back in our hotel room. The Aldeburgh Fish and Chip shop in the high street is recommended in …

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An Anaesthetic called ‘Sherry’.

This rather unusual story is taken from the Introduction to PATIENTS FROM HEAVEN. I think you will enjoy it! A Most Unusual Sedation! Clara’s heart was pounding. She started to break out into a cold sweat as she stood outside the big blue door – again. She had come this far before, perhaps four or five times during the previous so many months, and now she stood there again. “Go on. Ring the bell, or just go in like it says,” said her companion, placing one hand on her arm and offering a weak smile. But Clara felt paralysed – …

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That Curious Constipated Cat – The Introduction!

INTRODUCTION Just Coincidences? – Come On! Malcolm was a builder, but also a pilot. In fact, he had a flying school. Some businessmen had asked him to fly them to meetings in various parts of the UK, and now he was with 5 of them in his plane on a runway at RAF Valley in North Wales, unable to take off because of dense fog. The control tower radioed him and told him to go back to the hotel as nothing and nobody would be taking off that day. “Sorry – we have to abandon this flight today,” he explained …

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The heavy hand of the security guard at Tesco landed on my shoulder… (Introduction – PENNIES FROM HEAVEN!

Introduction Biblical Prosperity is for You! Have you ever wished for a financial miracle? I have. Or even prayed for one? That was me in 1973, 1974, 1983, 1984, 2002, and 2003. Those days were difficult and challenging, and I learnt many lessons. I want to share them with you. Have you ever felt that you were perched on the edge of a financial abyss, and could slip off into dark despair and disaster any day? That was me in 1984 and 2002. More lessons learned. Have you ever wondered how you were going to manage, with your income barely …

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The Windmill

While looking for a restaurant where we could meet up with friends in north Norfolk, I came across Cley Windmill. I had passed it, and hardly noticed the fact that it was a restaurant. But it is more – it is a hotel. So we booked to stay there to belatedly celebrate my birthday last week. It gets booked up ahead, so we had to have a ground floor room, but still with access to the balcony (Is it called a balcony?). It was cottagey, quirky, and brilliant. We walked to Blakeney, and back through the salt marshes, and on …

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