This is a personal website of Dr. Norman Walford
My Site Title
A short secular autobiography
I was born in England and qualified in Medicine from
Cambridge University in 1976.
After training in Cellular Pathology I have pursued a varied
career in hospitals in Holland, Saudi Arabia, United Arab
Emirates, and latterly in Singapore, my current home.
I have had an academic interest in children's pathology,
and in 1993 gained a PhD from Amsterdam University on
the subject of kidney tumors in children.
Currently I work part-time in UK and Singapore hospitals to
support a writing career.
. . . and the Pharisee Church?
After becoming a Christian in my first year of University, and subsequently spending
time as a cult member, I spent many years as a chronic church-hopper, struggling
unsuccessfully to integrate. All too often God and the church seemed to be pulling in
All became a lot clearer with my dawning understanding of the Pharisee Principle and
the Pharisee Church, those taboo subjects that everyone seemed to rationalize out of
The last couple of years have been taken up with writing How to Survive in the
Pharisee Church and Other Questions for Confused Christians.
I still struggle to be accepted as part of a local church. Sometimes it seems to me that
the more ardently people believe in the inspiration and infallibility of the bible, the less
they are inclined to actually do what it says, and 'do unto others as you would have
others do to you'. I comfort myself that if everything was running smoothly in my church
life, then I'd have nothing to write about; so perhaps it's better this way.
About . . .
ST. ENEDOC, TREBETHERICK, CORNWALL,
The church was built among shifting sand dunes. The oldest
parts date from the 12th century.
From the 16th century to the middle of the 19th century the
church was almost completely buried by the moving sands,
giving it its popular name among the local people of "Sinking
To maintain its entitlement to tithes from the surrounding
landowners, the church had to hold a service at least once a
year. To do this the vicar and parishioners made a hole in the
roof and were lowered into the sanctuary, this being the only
means of access left to them.
In the 19th century the church was dug out and the dunes
stabilized with vegetation.
More recently the church has become know as the burial place
of the poet John Betjeman.
This is incidentally another church with a bent spire.
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