Painful news

Those of us with soldier sons are accustomed to terrible news from the badlands of Middle East but former R & A Captain Sandy Dawson’s daughter died in a quiet café in Sydney.

Katrina, a barrister and mother of three young children, was gunned down while shielding a pregnant friend and colleague from a crazed Islamist gunman who should have been in jail.

I played golf with Sandy occasionally and he talked a lot about his two sons but it was clear that, as with many powerful men, the father-daughter bond was especially intense.

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He will be utterly destroyed and such bleak anguish is best expressed in WH Auden’s poem:

“The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.

For nothing now can ever come to any good.”

(Rev Dr) John 

Howard Place

St Andrews

A horrendous amount of cruelty has been carried out this week in the name of religion.

It makes our little squabbles over gay and female ordination seem almost quaint.


Oswald Road