From the monthly archives:

July 2004

Family Feuding

by Richard on July 20, 2004

I know that if you go back far enough we’re all related, but still… I thought this was fun.

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Face it — You were sold a ringer

by Richard on July 20, 2004

Almost exactly a year ago, British scientist Dr David Kelly committed suicide, caught up in the row over whether a British intelligence dossier had been “sexed up” to justify the war with Iraq. The Butler Report said that there had been no intent to deceive, but nonetheless “important caveats” had been removed from the intelligence [...]

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What the…?

by Richard on July 20, 2004

An email I sent 4 days ago has just reappeared in my “in box” as undelivered.
How does that work, then? I thought email was supposed to be fast!

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Using the Bible

by Richard on July 19, 2004

More top stuff from Real Live Preacher
Somehow you have come to think that the bible is like everything else in your life. You think it is something to master and something you can own. The more you know about the bible, the more power you hope to gain. The more verses you can quote, the [...]

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On Being a Liberal

by Richard on July 19, 2004

Simon Says …: On Being a Liberal

It is certain that, having said all of this, Liberals fail to live up to their liberalism. A reverence based on the mystery of God all too easily becomes a refusal to say anything at all about God. A critical approach to faith slides into an uncritically dogmatic agnosticism. [...]

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The Gutless Pacifist: A Tale of Two Marthas

by Richard on July 19, 2004

Interesting piece from Mike M.
Amusingly, if Martha Stewart went to chruch this weekend, she would have heard about a different Martha. You should know the story, Martha complaining to Jeusus that Mary should be helping her prepare the household and meal for Jesus. But, Jesus tells her that Mary made the right choice by listening [...]

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Save me!

by Richard on July 19, 2004

My wife having to change her working hours this week to make way for our travels, it fell to me to accompany my smallest daughter to the playgroup end of year party.
Is there anything more gruelling than a pre-schoolers party??

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No wonder that desk is messy!

by Richard on July 19, 2004

Eating lessons from kids
Spaghetti: Wind too many strands on fork and make sure at least two strands dangle down. Open mouth wide and stuff in spaghetti; suck noisily to inhale dangling strands. Clean plate, ask for seconds, and eat only half. When carrying plate to kitchen, hold tilted so that remaining spaghetti slides onto the [...]

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Mercy for all

by Richard on July 18, 2004

THY faithfulness, Lord, Each moment we find,
So true to thy word, So loving and kind!
Thy mercy so tender To all the lost race,
The foulest offender May turn and find grace.
The mercy I feel To others I show,
I set to my seal That Jesus is true:
Ye all may find favour Who come at his call,
O come [...]

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On my travels

by Richard on July 17, 2004

No posting today — apart from this, which obviously doesn’t count — because I’m delivering one of my dogs to my father-in-law, who’ll be looking after him while we’re away. This time next week I’ll be in Kentucky!

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No man - even a millionaire - is an island

by admin on July 16, 2004

The myth of the self-made millionaire

Individuals profiled believe that they prospered in large part thanks to things beyond their individual control, such as social investments in education, research, technology and infrastructure, the report says. Or as Jim Sherblom, former CFO of Genzyme, says, “We are all standing on the shoulders of those who came before [...]

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Good Friday

by admin on July 16, 2004

I’ve always said, I’m not much of a lad for poems and stuff. Call me a philistine. But in the last week or two I’ve been filling in some of the gaps in my education. I came across this poem by Welsh poet R. S. Thomas and couldn’t resist sharing it.

Good Friday
It was quiet. What [...]

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Bare Branches

by Bene Diction on July 15, 2004

In keeping with Mike’s posts from India this article looks at the social implications of the practise of gender selection.
In Asian countries a generation of young people are reaching the marrying age - and for males the probability of finding a wife is problematic.
Many of these men caught in a marriage squeeze are the first [...]

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Well, it made me laugh

by Mike on July 15, 2004

A snake says to his friend, “you think i’m poisonous?”
“Dunno, why do you ask?” he replies.
“…I just bit my lip”.

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All in a day

by Mike on July 15, 2004

The cool breeze that blows softly through the trees; the echo of the flowing river as it winds through the dark valley; the goofy kid with the banana skin on his head.
Each day, it makes more and more sense - the beauty is in the small things.

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This land…
(It’s a big download, but worth the wait)

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Shalom

by admin on July 15, 2004

I went on another school visit yesterday with my daughter’s class, this time to Swansea’s Orthodox synagogue. I was fascinated - it was the first one I’ve ever been inside. What struck me particularly was not the main worship area, which could have easily passed for a church to a casual glance, but the entrance [...]

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A Word on Tibet

by Mike on July 15, 2004

As has been mentioned, i’m currently spending a bit of time in India, and I think that I’ve mentioned that i’m doing a study into primary education amongst the Tibetan refugee communities here. Which has led me to think - how much do people actually know about Tibet?
I don’t want to begin by assuming [...]

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Dark is his path

by admin on July 14, 2004

Bene Diction is battening down the hatches.
Take care!

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So many suspicions have been confirmed. The 45 minutes claim was unsubstantiated, the limitations of intelligence were not made clear in the September 2002 dossier, doubt has been cast on a high proportion of human intelligence sources and Iraq did not have significant stocks of chemical or biological weapons in a state fit for use, [...]

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