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Above: Rourke Bike
Thoughts and Prayers from Sri Lanka:
These articles come from my friend and colleague The Rt Revd Duleep DeChickera (Anglican Bishop of Colombo 2001 - 2010) who I met while studying at The World Council of Churches Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, near Geneva, in 1991/92.
Recent statements and reflections concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and Sri Lanka
Posted 20.03.20 - A Lent Reflection written in the context of the Coronavirus outbreak, and drawing on other issue in Sri Lanka too (PDF)
Earlier statements and reflections following the Easter Day 2019 bombings in Sri Lanka
Posted 09.09.19 - Parliamentary Elections and the Peoples Options
A media release from The Friday Forum about the political context. (PDF
Posted 10.06.19 - Keep it Clean:
A reflection form Bishop Duleep De Chickera. Click image opposite (PDF)
Posted 15.05.19 - Restraint with Empathy and Kindness:
A statement from Religions for Responsible Governance, a group of leaders of Sri Lanka's four main faiths. Click image opposite (PDF)
Posted 11.05.19 - Sensitivity, Solidarity and Social Stability:
A theological reflection from Bishop Duleep DeChickera, Anglican Bishop of Colombo 2001 - 2010. Click image opposite (PDF)
25.04.19 - Easter Sunday's Suffering:
A statement from The Friday Forum (democracy, good governance, human rights and the rule of law). Click image opposite (PDF)
22.04.19 - From Death to Life
A reflection by Bishop Duleep DeChickera, Anglican Bishop of Colombo 2001 - 2010, on the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. Click image opposite (PDF)
Reynolds 853 steel tubing.
Campagnolo Athena groupset (50/34 and 12/29)
Ritchie Pro stem, bars and seatpost.
Chris King headset
Handbuilt wheels on Mavic rims
Continental Gatorskin tyres (700x23C) (*currently GatorHardshell)
Brooks Swift saddle.
Currently running with rear rack fitted.
Brian Rourke Framesets
194 Waterloo Road
Campanology (Bell Ringing)
In the 1980s I was an enthusiastic church bell ringer. This included ringing 132 peals*. I also visited hundreds of towers on outings, canal boat holidays, local band practice nights and for quarter-peal and peal attempts. Ringing is complex and not all attempts are successful!
*A peal is long length ringing usually lasting for two or three hours depending on number and weight of bells. During a peal, on seven or eight bells, the same sequence of bells; eg 21436587, 24163857 etc isn’t repeated. Each sequence is one ‘change’ and peal has to be 5040 changes long (on seven bells or less) or 5000 on eight or more. The way these changes are derived is called a ‘method’, for example Cambridge Surprise or Stedman.
A PDF record of my 132 peals giving place, date, method, ringers, time etc.
My dad (Eric Claridge) and granddad (Harry Claridge) were also bellringers and rang several peals. Here are their records:
Eric’s 7 peals (left) and Harry’s 9 peals (right)
Peal records are from
From my Peal Record Book:
My first peal, note the number in top right-hand corner. Rung at Pelsall, my home tower.
A special peal at Lichfield Cathedral started as the Queen left the Cathedral
after the Royal Maundy Service in 1988.