Presently, my dear friends Wim and Sharon are celebrating the 25 anniversary of their wedding. I celebrated their marriage at the Temple of the Winds in Mount Stewart, Newtownards in September in 1996.
Win and Sharon were in Ireland for the summer flying people to various parts of Europe for their holidays.
Weve remained friends all these years and they have visited me and and I have visited them on Lake Simco outside Toronto.
In fact I will be going to see them there in the coming weeks to celebrate their anniversary.
MY FLIGHT TO REUS IN THE COCKPIT.
1996 was before 9/11 and I had confessed to Wim at the top table on the wedding day that I had a fear of turbulence. He promised to sort that out.
A week later I joined him at Belfast International Airport at 8 am one morning to join him in the cockpit on a return flight to Reus in Spain.
Apart from take off and landing I spent time in the co-pilot seat and marvelled at the equipment and safety features of the Airbus.
On turbulence I was told:
An airplane’s wings can bent 12 feet in either direction so when you see it moving a few inches just think of a bird’s wing flapping.
After the flight and the experience on the cockpit and the new knowledge, I lost all my fear of turbulence.
The whole experience was exhilarating.
THE BAD TIMES:
This past week the two victims of abuse by Fr J J Murray of Down and Connor got closure as they saw a jury find him GUILTY.
They had waited a painful 40 years for this moment of closure and had been to hell and back.
Murray will be sentenced later this month.
CARDINAL KEITH O BRIEN:
One of Keith O’Brien’s priest victims has said the Vatican is SINNING in keeping the church report of him SECRET.
Surely Brian Devlin, as a former cleric, should know the the ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH has been burying its secrets for the last 1700 years.