We’ve just got back from a great weekend with the family on the Dorset coast.  One of our activities was to climb Portland Bill lighthouse (hands up everyone who is mentally singing ‘Portland Bill’ …) which was very interesting.

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(image from Trinity House)

My daughter in law took this picture.  It’s a noble sentiment, but it makes me wonder:  when did we stop being a nation offering hospitality to all nations?




  1. That’s a very good, if sad question. So many countries are becoming more insular now. xxx


    1. They are, and the extremists stack up false news and prejudice. 😦


  2. Hi Gill,
    Your question is valid to all other nations whose populations have been culturally enhanced by hospitality, which, now are cautious. Hospitality takes in many forms. It is not a simple question, nor will it ever have a simple answer.

    The local Fisherman’s Mission closed about three years ago. It provided pastoral care and social support for, primarily, fisher folk and from wheresoever they came. If another need presented itself, even if not strictly fishing related, the Mission would do what it could.

    A local R.C. priest joined the Mission’s Minister, ( he was more like your idea of a community Deacon) at his table while he was supping a cuppa . The priest’s question was, “How do you assess who is a Christian and so is eligible for assistance and support? I know this happened because I was sitting at the table too.

    I won’t go into my reaction. The Mission man stated his own role in hospitality to all people in need, very precisely. No further clarification was required after his response.


    1. Good gracious, that question horrifies me too. In Nigeria our hospitals always treated everyone, whatever their faith.


      1. It was an horrific question from a man of a religious cloth. Soon after he had Senior high school students up in arms for more prejudicial and inflammatory pronouncements.

        Hospitality, like all concepts starts off with a definition according to what it refers. Caring and human kindnesses are not minimalist, though in today’s climate many of us a made to feel they are. Many of us are made to feel what we do, (or think) is inappropriate. Populism stokes up the senses of fear and division in the macro perspectives of our political and social lives. It is awful.

        At a micro level, it follows the conversations we had about how an individual can assist poor people out on on the streets of our society. The question always arises, on what, or, whose criteria do we give and how as individuals do we draw a line? At a macro level the same discussion are active, I do feel though, decisions are made by those who are desensitized , or have become so. These issues in my view, apply worldwide.

        Individuals are not in a position to provide assistance on the levels that the [reduced] resources of the State are meant to, The goal posts have moved on the definition of a civilised society, which is deeply saddening. We can still be hospitable by caring and being kind to the best of our varied and collective abilities.


      2. I like this very much. Hear hear.


      3. A very good article, Gill, echoing many of the points I have made.


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      1. Fine thanks. But old man winter gave us a blast this weekend. We had one of our warmest Autumns in history.

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