From the monthly archives:

April 2004

UK troops in Iraqi torture probe

by admin on April 30, 2004

Following the revelations of abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners by US troops, now it seems that British troops are under investigation
The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation into allegations that British soldiers have been pictured torturing an Iraqi prisoner.
The photographs, obtained by the Daily Mirror newspaper, show a suspected thief being beaten and [...]

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Why Fear the Dark?

by Richard on April 30, 2004

Why fear the dark?
How can we but love it
when it is the darkness
that brings the stars to us?
What’s more: who does not know
that it is on the darkest nights
that the stars acquire
their greatest splendor?
Dom Helder Camara
Source: Daily Dig

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A question of etiquette

by Richard on April 30, 2004

You’re out for a walk with your dogs. They’re on their leads, so one hand is occupied. You’ve been a responsible dog owner and cleaned up after them but haven’t yet got to the bin, so your other hand is occupied too. You see a friend’s car approaching, and they’re waving a cheery greeting to [...]

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I’m not a cynic, but…

by Mike on April 29, 2004

You can give a man a fish, and he can feed himself for one day.
Give a man the means with which to catch his own fish, and he can feed himself and his family for a whole lifetime.
Nice.
But last week they sold the fishing rights to McDonalds.
…Maybe he can sell his fishing rod [...]

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Things not to say in a restaurant…

by Richard on April 29, 2004

Jonathan on Tipping the Waitress

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Sharing joy

by Richard on April 29, 2004

I have to offer congratulations and best wishes to Richard & Shannon, who have just become adoptive parents
May the Lord bless you and keep you
May the Lord make his face to shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord Look on you with kindness
and give you peace.

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Sheep gets TV haircut

by admin on April 28, 2004

Sheep gets sheared doesn’t sound like much of a headline. But when that sheep is called Shrek, and has avoided the shears for 6 years by escaping into the hills of New Zealand’s South Island it does take on a certain interest. The animal has managed to grow enough wool to make 20 men’s suits [...]

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Bearing the name

by Richard on April 28, 2004

My two faithful hounds belong, I think, to the dog breed with the longest name. They are Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, a breed which traces its roots back to 16th cent France. Bred for following huntsmen on foot rather than horseback, what they lack in speed they more than make up for in stamina. Their [...]

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When does life begin?

by Richard on April 27, 2004

Antioch Road has an interesting post, When Life Begins According to the Bible. I need to take issue with one point.
Exodux 21:22-25: Penalties stated for harming a pregnant woman.
Some pro-choice “Christians” use this verse to support their belief that God supports the right to an abortion. But to do so, they have to use the [...]

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Some words…

by Mike on April 27, 2004

Ten thousand flowers in spring,
the moon in autumn,
a cool breeze in summer,
snow in winter.
If your mind isn’t clouded
by unnecessary things,
this is the best season of your life.
Wu Men (1183-1260)

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More Problems

by Richard on April 27, 2004

I’ve just noticed I haven’t been getting any email through from theconnexion.net - something’s gone awry with my settings since I upgraded. I’m sorry if you’ve emailed me in the last day or two and are waiting for a reply. richardhall AT ntlworld dot com will find me if you’re desperate. On the plus side, [...]

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The Climate Group Launch

by Richard on April 27, 2004

Oil Giants BP and Shell have joined with businesses, environmental campaigners and politicians in the UK to form The Climate Group, a consortium which aims to find ways of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by even greater amounts than envisaged by the failing Kyoto Protocol. The group, which is launched today, said through its Chief [...]

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South Africa Celebrates

by Richard on April 27, 2004

Freedom Day for South Africa, marking 10 years of democracy.
It’s worth remembering today that Nelson Mandela was once denounced as a terrorist.

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Dan on Everything Dull

by Richard on April 27, 2004

Dan discovers the dullest blog in the world. Dull, but popular!

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St Ikea Day

by Richard on April 26, 2004

OK, I’m late linking this. But it’s too good to miss.
Rhys has a special look at one of England’s most popular activities. And it isn’t Morris dancing.

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Happy Birthday

by Richard on April 26, 2004

Randy McRoberts notes a celebrity birthday.

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Culture gap

by Richard on April 26, 2004

Wood has struggled to explain British attitudes on firearm ownership to his American friends.
Haven’t we all?

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How peaceful these summer days

by Mike on April 26, 2004

The fields are chill, the sparse rain has stopped;
The colours of Spring teem on every side.
With leaping fish the blue pond is full;
With singing thrushes the green boughs droop.
The flowers of the field have dabbled their powdered cheeks;
The mountain grasses are bent level at the waist.
By the bamboo stream the last fragment of cloud
Blown by [...]

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Here lies my national pride

by Mike on April 26, 2004

Us Brits have seen our fair share of eccentrics throughout our history. None, however, quite matches our favourite adopted prince, Philip. In these overly-PC times, the Duke of Edinburgh never fails to remind us of our true outlook on life. You’v gotta admire the man.
Here’s why:
Do you still throw spears at each [...]

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Whatever happened to Dungeons and Dragons?

by Richard on April 26, 2004

If you ever played (or still play) “FRP Games”, you’ll want to read Whatever happened to Dungeons and Dragons?
(I preferred RuneQuest, but what do I know?)

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