From the monthly archives:

May 2004

Cheese Rolling

by Richard on May 31, 2004

Today is the day of Cooper’s Hill Annual Cheese Rolling and Wake, a strange custom which involves a group of people chasing a 7-8lb cheese down a steep rough slope. Injuries are common among the runners, who find it almost impossible to remain upright for the descent. Even spectators are not entirely safe. Being struck [...]

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Yet another song chart

by Richard on May 31, 2004

Britains most listened-to radio station has been conducting a poll to discover the Top 100 songs. The Top 10 are:

A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harum
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Angels - Robbie Williams
Hero - Mariah Carey
Imagine - John Lennon
Move It - Cliff Richard
Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
Everyday - [...]

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A hymn for Pentecost

by Richard on May 30, 2004

Father of everlasting grace,
Thy goodness and thy truth we praise,
Thy goodness and thy truth we prove;
Thou hast, in honour of thy Son,
The gift unspeakable sent down,
The Spirit of life, and power, and love.
Send us the Spirit of thy Son
To make the depths of Godhead known,
To make us share the life divine;
Send him the sprinkled blood [...]

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A weighty problem

by Richard on May 30, 2004

Andrew Careaga is in denial. And if recent media reports are anything to go on, he isn’t the only one. Every news bulletin of the last couple of days has carried some reference to Britain’s “epidemic of obesity” and there is particular concern about the amount of weight many of our children are carrying. I [...]

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Pulpit advice

by Richard on May 29, 2004

Three rules for preachers:

Stand up
Speak up
Shut up

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Goodbyes

by Mike on May 29, 2004

I hate goodbyes.
I think everyone does. It’s nice to think that at least you’ll always have the memories. But when you’ve missed out on the memories that you could have had, you can’t help but feel a little saddened.
To think what could have been is a dangerous thing; it helps no one. [...]

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Paperwork 2: The Admin Strikes Back

by Richard on May 28, 2004

Do you remember that a little while ago I was whingeing about paperwork?
No?
Well, I suppose there’s no reason why you should. It was a bit “cryptic”. Some things can’t be talked about in a public space like this. The issue that prompted the whingeing hasn’t gone away. In fact, it has got worse. Much [...]

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All you need is love

by Richard on May 28, 2004

One of the happiest duties of my ministry - but also one of the most onerous from an administrative point of view - is the conduct of marriage services. There’s something moving about the new beginning that it represents that always touches me somehow.
Most of the marriages ceremonies that I’ve been involved in have have [...]

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Creative Commons 2.0

by Richard on May 27, 2004

Following Tim’s example (and yes, that’s the second gratuitous link of the day - awarded in response to meritorious conduct on a wiki) I’ve decided to put a Creative Commons License on this little site. Just for clarity…

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

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Gratuitous Link

by Richard on May 27, 2004

Tim Samoff is a fine human being. A thoroughly top bloke. You should read his blog.

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I wonder…

by Mike on May 27, 2004

So, what’s all this about peace then?
Sometimes, i’m led to think that some people might actually ask such a question. In reading our own history, it’s easy to imagine that a concept - or even a dream - like peace for all humanity has never even featured. In amongst the more pertinent issues, [...]

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Traditional Northumbrian Music

by Richard on May 27, 2004

Ok, I know this is a little “off the beaten track”, but I found it interesting…
FARNE - Folk Archive Resource North East is an online resource for learning about the music of the North East of England.
FARNE has gathered material from across North East England to create a folk music archive on the Internet. Material [...]

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BlogWiki

by Richard on May 27, 2004

I haven’t quite ironed out the problems at BlogWiki yet, but I am getting there. There’s a particular problem with the Blog software page where I could use some help. Would all the wikicitizens please step forward! What I want to do is copy the software sub-pages into pages of their own. It’s no [...]

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Rodney takes a historical turn, retelling the story of Mary Jones and her Bible. And it was his 200th post, so congratulations on that!
On the subject of the Welsh Bible, the Bible Society is celebrating its 200th year with a recording of the New Welsh Bible New Testament, using both professional actors and volunteers. More [...]

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Compass: A Christian Wiki

by Richard on May 26, 2004

Compass like BlogWiki got broken when I moved servers. I’m pretty sure I’ve got it working again now. Thank you for observing all safety precautions.

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BlogWiki

by Richard on May 26, 2004

After a bit of downtime caused by the server move, BlogWiki is back. Have a play with it to check that it’s working!
Update: Spoke too soon. It’s only mostly working. Bummer.

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Lamenting evil - but whose?

by Richard on May 26, 2004

Randy links to this lament for the victims of Halabja. (Reminder: On March 16, 1988, Saddam Hussein killed 5000 Kurds in the village using chemical weapons). To my mind, though, there is just the faintest whiff of hypocrisy about this “film”. At the time of the massacre it laments, Saddam was an ally of the [...]

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The Archbishop of York has obviously “had it up to here”, according to a report in The Telegraph
The Archbishop of York, Dr David Hope, launched a fierce assault on his own Church yesterday, accusing it of abandoning the mysterious for the banal and indulging in ineffective debate.
The Archbishop, who is second in the Church of [...]

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A Survey of Christians

by Richard on May 24, 2004

Via Bene Diction comes A Survey of Christians:
This is a survey of the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors of Christians.  Due to the nature of the survey, it will only make sense for those who consider themselves Christians to complete it.  Completing the entire survey should take no longer than 15-20 minutes.  There are a total [...]

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Whilst we’re on the subject of words…

by Richard on May 24, 2004

I just picked this up in Saturday’s edition of The Independent
Another word that should always ring the alarm is “plethora” - it is often misused. It means a harmful excess of something that, in due measure, would be harmless or beneficial. To say that a certain amount or number of something constitutes a plethora implies [...]

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