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Dec. 7th, 2013


Blasted LJ

I keep trying to post things but key strokes don't work.

Nov. 23rd, 2013


Dr Who

I can't believe that 'Dr Who' is fifty years old, because that means that I must be more than half a century old myself. I remember watching the first episode - well, not the first first episode, because I was in bed with some childhood illness, but they repeated it the following week. My brother and I watched it every week despite being frightened to death. I was terrified of the daleks but used to comfort myself with the thought that they couldn't go upstairs.

Nov. 15th, 2013


Unintentionally truthful

For ages now my Friends page has opened with a message at the top: "You're using the old version of the Friends page - switch to the new one and try to customize it". Try to? Is it going to be difficult? It sounds like some kind of training exercise because they know how useless I am when it comes to technology. Quite frankly, I had enough trouble setting up the old one, so I think I'll stick with that, thank you very much.

Nov. 11th, 2013


Remembrance Day


HOODED in angry mist, the sun goes down:
Steel-gray the clouds roll out across the Sea:
Is this a Kingdom? Then give Death the crown,
For here no emperor hath won, save He.

Herbert Asquith
from 'The Volunteer and Other Poems' 1917

Oct. 3rd, 2013


National Poetry Day

He looked at me with eyes I thought
  I was not like to find,
The voice he begged for pence with brought
  Another man to mind.

Oh no, lad, never touch your cap;
  It is not my half-crown:
You have it from a better chap
  That long ago lay down.

Turn east and over Thames to Kent
  And come to the sea's brim,
And find his everlasting tent
  And touch your cap to him.


Housman is probably my favourite poet, closely followed by Betjeman. I love the melancholy in Housman's poems.

Aug. 14th, 2013


The truth about Hamlet

hamlet-illustration-by-beardsley                                                                                                                                                            I heard this on the news yesterday and thought it was quite amusing:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23680689 Well, it's a very disturbing story - mentally unstable young man from a dysfunctional family plots to murder his stepfather and drives his girlfriend to suicide. I always think the ending is rather like Blackadder, everyone ends up dead.

Jun. 23rd, 2013


Birthday wishes

Happy birthday, alex_beecroft . Hope your health problems are soon sorted out!

May. 24th, 2013



Bishop David recommended this site http://cyber-coenobites.blogspot.co.uk/2013_05_01_archive.html    and so do I. I particularly like the Thomas Hardy plot generator.

Apr. 17th, 2013


Transexual archangel?

I've just started reading a book about the Gospel of Thomas, which was one of the Dead Sea scrolls. No, I don't subscribe to the Dan Brown school of conspiracy-theory bibles, I'm just interested to know more about where the Bible came from and what was, or was not, included in it. This is a scholarly book written in the 1960s by two American academics. However, I've just come across the following passage from the Gospel of the Hebrews: When Christ wished to come upon earth to men, the Good Father summoned a mighty Power in the heavens which was called Michael and committed Christ to its care. And the Power came down into the world, and it was called Mary, and Christ was in her womb for seven months. Gosh, wouldn't that put the theological cat amongst the gay marriage pigeons?


Feb. 11th, 2013


Well done, Bishop John!

Taken from our bishop's letter on the Same Sex Marriage bill:

'Whatever else happens, I hope that those of differing views on this contentious issue in our church and nation will treat each other with respect. In speaking about this matter as Christians we must be absolutely resolute in not giving any truck to homophobia. The Church's record here is not good. Whatever we think about same-sex marriage we need to proclaim as loudly as we can God's love in Christ for homosexual and heterosexual alike.'


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