Mike Claridge

website and  resources


This page is where further details are given of items referred to in my Profile
or elsewhere on the website.

Left:  Rourke Bike

Sri Lanka

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 10.08.20 - Friday Forum - Ahead of elections  (PDF)

Posted 22.04.20 - New Life amidst a threat to all life- Easter in Retrospect (PDF)

Posted 08.04.20 - The Eleventh Commandment - A conversation with trees. (PDF)

Posted 31.03.20 - Meditation to counter anxiety and stress (PDF)

Posted 23.03.20 - Prayers for the Corona virus pandemic  (PDF)

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) 

Other items from Duleep

Sermon 20 July 2008

by The Rt Revd Duleep DeChickera

at the Opening Eucharist of

The Lambeth Conference 

in Canterbury Cathedral.
For transcript from Anglican Communion New Service:
Click here.

Interview 12 June 2012
On ‘The Interview’, Young Asia TV
A series that gives insights on Peace and Politics;

Business and Development;

Society and the Environment; Culture and the Arts.


My Rourkie

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.

Peal Records

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:

Peal records are from


From my Peal Record Book:

Above left:

My first peal, note the number in top right-hand corner.  Rung at Pelsall, my home tower.

Above right: 

A special peal at Lichfield Cathedral started as the Queen left the Cathedral

after the Royal Maundy Service in 1988.

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