Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq (1805/06-1887) ended a long life full of jokes and paradoxes with a final farewell jest.

Humour is a strange word, in so far as we mostly use it in a very limited way today, a way that does not reflect the original wide range of its meanings.

In March of this year, I had a conversation with a Sierra Leonian member of the church where I am vicar. He lives with his wife and children in London and sends financial support to the village in Sierra Leone where he grew up.