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by Kim on February 14, 2018

We are made of dust, we are
Flying on every wind,
Blown to the back of the earth,
Stormed at, broken, defiled.
We are people of dust
But dust with a living mind.
Dust with a spirit, grace
Goes to the end of the earth,
Follows the dark act, the thought
Lying, wounding, distraught,
We are dust from our birth
But in that dust is wrought
A [...]


The first Britons were black

by Richard on February 7, 2018

This story must have had the likes of Britain First and the EDL choking on their sugar puffs* this morning: DNA shows early Briton had dark skin

A cutting-edge scientific analysis shows that a Briton from 10,000 years ago had dark brown skin and blue eyes.
Researchers from London’s Natural History Museum extracted DNA from Cheddar Man, [...]


Women, Know Your Limits

by Richard on January 31, 2018


Baptism and Eucharist at Auschwitz

by Kim on January 28, 2018

Häftling*: I have learnt that I am Häftling. My number is 174517; we have been baptized, we will carry the tattoo on our left arm until we die.
The operation was slightly painful and extraordinarily rapid: they placed us all in a row, and one by one, according to the alphabetical order of our names, we [...]


Immigration and the NHS

by Richard on January 27, 2018

If conversations I’ve had recently are anything to go by, it seems to have been widely accepted that the current problems of the NHS can be laid at the door of “runaway immigration” and “health tourism”. This comment from a recent article in the Daily Mail about sums it up

It isn’t true, as a few [...]


The Fuck prayer

by Kim on January 25, 2018

When I write that my own situation in those months of pain and decision can be described as prayer, I do not only recall that during that time [of illness] I sometimes read the Psalms and they became my psalms, or that … I occasionally cried “Jesus” and that name was my prayer, but I [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 21, 2018

Eternal Son, eternal Love,
Take to thyself thy mighty power;
Let all earth’s sons thy mercy prove;
Let all thy saving grace adore.
The triumphs of thy love display;
In every heart reign thou alone;
Till all Thy foes confess thy sway,
And glory ends what grace began.
Spirit of grace, and health, and power,
Fountain of light and love below,
Abroad Thy healing influence [...]


Alms for an ex-leper

by Richard on January 11, 2018

A gratuitous bit of Monty Python


It’s incredible, isn’t it?

by Richard on January 7, 2018

This sketch from Not the Nine O’Clock News following the election of Ronald Reagan seems more relevant than ever.


Well, so that is that. Now we must dismantle the tree,
Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes –
Some have got broken – and carrying them up to the attic.
The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt,
And the children got ready for school. There are enough
Left-overs to do, warmed-up, for the rest [...]


GH at his learned, deep, and witty best: a seriously self-critical confession, yet spoken with no strained stained-glass voice, rather sung serenely with wit, modesty, and charm to the Judge who is his Friend.
Sorry I am, my God, sorry I am
That my offences course it in a ring.
My thoughts are working like a busy flame,
Until [...]


Is Trump a liar? If only.

by Kim on February 3, 2017

Donald Trump is often called a liar, but such a judgment is facile, both far too generous and gravely mistaken, underestimating the enormity of the shit that’s coming down from the president and his administration. Politicians lie. But Trump is not a politician, he’s a shyster businessman, and the shyster businessman (”shyster”, possibly [...]


…. How then, I asked Ambrose, should one portray the prince of darkness?
After a pensive moment, Ambrose replied, “A merciless real estate developer whose largest projects are all casinos.”
And recalling this exchange brought Donald Trump to mind. You know the fellow: developer, speculator, television personality, hotelier, political dilettante, conspiracy theorist, and grand croupier—the one with [...]


“The accurate articulation of unhappiness was his trademark, and the wretchedness of life was his inspiration.”
– Simon Parke
The difficult part of love
Is being selfish enough,
Is having the blind persistence
To upset an existence
Just for your own sake.
What cheek it must take.
And then the unselfish side –
How can you be satisfied,
Putting someone else first
So that you come [...]


Marilynne Robinson’s universalism

by Kim on April 16, 2016

“Is it conceivable that the God of the Bible would shackle himself to the worst consequences of our behavior? Reverence forbids… I know the refutation. If salvation is universal, what about Hitler, Stalin? Well, hard cases make bad law. I am not willing to open an abyss, conceptually speaking, just to accommodate Hitler and [...]


Death, thou wast once an uncouth hideous thing,
Nothing but bones,
The sad effect of sadder groans:
Thy mouth was open, but thou couldst not [...]


For us like any other fugitive,
Like the numberless flowers that cannot number
And all the beasts that need not remember,
It is to-day in which we live.
So many try to say Not Now,
So many have forgotten how
To say I Am, and would be
Lost, if they could, in history.
Bowing, for instance, with such old-world grace
To a proper flag [...]


Gravity waves and theology

by Richard on February 12, 2016

I’m still not finding the space for blogging that I’d hoped for. But here’s a good piece on the announcement that gravity waves have finally been observed.
Mind you, I have to say that gravity waves seemed like old news to me. I saw them years ago on Star Trek.



by Richard on January 11, 2016


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