From the monthly archives:

February 2006

Shrove Tuesday - Pancake Day Recipe

by Richard on February 28, 2006

Can’t have Shrove Tuesday without pancakes. Otherwise you’re not properly set up for the Lenten discipline. It was also my daughter’s birthday, so I had an experiment. Allow me to introduce my “Pizza-ish Pancakes”
Make about 8 medium sized pancakes. Spoon a couple of good dollops of sieved tomatoes into the middle. Sprinkle with a little [...]

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A Reflection for Lent

by Kim on February 28, 2006

You’re walking along Oxford Street, minding your own business, when they pounce. “Have you had an accident in the last five years?” they ask. Curbing my gut reaction to tell them to piss off, I curtly reply, “Not interested.” They look at me askance. Undeterred they forge ahead. “You may [...]

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Bird flu fears

by Richard on February 28, 2006

As Britain’s chief scientist says that he expects bird flu to become epidemic in Britain, and remain for up to 5 years, a story that turned up in my email this morning:
A bear, a lion and a chicken meet.
Bear says: “If I roar in the forests of North America, the entire forest is
shivering with fear.”
Lion [...]

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Bishop Willimon, Meet Jacob Arminius

by Joel on February 28, 2006

In an interview that appears in the March/April issue of Good News: The Magazine for United Methodist Renewal, North Alabama Conference Bishop William Willimon, the following exchange appears:
Interviewer George Mitrovich: “What is your view of Jacob Arminius?”
Bishop Willimon: “Don’t know much about him, except that I do know that Wesley has sure come across [...]

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A snack for St David’s day

by Richard on February 27, 2006

Welsh Rarebit What could be more pleasant for a light snack or a spot of supper on St David’s Day? For those who think that beer is the work of the devil - try this, you’ll discover you’re wrong.
To make Welsh Rarebit, grate 8 oz of cheddar cheese and put it in a [...]

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Three St David’s days?

by Richard on February 27, 2006

St David is, of course, the patron saint of Wales. His day is March 1st. Unfortunately, this year that is also the date of Ash Wednesday. The Church in Wales has decided to celebrate St David on March 2nd, whereas the Catholics are getting it in early on February 28th. Sounds like we’re going to [...]

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Gay adoption

by Richard on February 26, 2006

Bene Diction is angry about attempts in Ohio to pass a law preventing gay couples from adopting children.

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Technorati woes

by Richard on February 26, 2006

For some reason Technorati doesn’t seem to want to recognize updates to this blog. I’ve been using the ping form (I’ve never succeeded with the automated pings that WordPress is supposed to send) and it used to work fine. But I’m being told that my blog hasn’t been updated for 4 days, and I’ve no [...]

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More toys from Google

by Richard on February 26, 2006

Google continues in its quest to take over the web. Now they’ve added a web page creator with 100MB of storage. Whether the world needs another web page creator is open to question, but this one would be adequate for someone wanting to dip their toes in the water with a few static pages.
[tags]Google, gmail, [...]

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4 things…

by Richard on February 26, 2006

Randy tagged me…
Four jobs I’ve had
Shop assistant
Wholefood buyer
Cooperative development worker
Methodist minister
Four movies I can watch over and over
RoboCop
Angels With Dirty Faces
The Shawshank Redemption
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Four TV shows I love to watch
Life on Mars
Doctor Who
Sharpe
Dog the Bounty Hunter
Four places I’ve been on vacation
Florida
Alonissos
Iceland
Dinas Mawddwy
Four favourite dishes
Beans on toast
Chocolate Lime Pie
Mushroom Balti
Treacle sponge pudding
Four Web [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 26, 2006

This, this is the God we adore,
Our faithful, unchangeable Friend;
Whose love is as great as his power,
And neither knows measure nor end.
‘Tis Jesus, the First and the Last,
Whose Spirit shall guide us safe home;
We’ll praise him for all that is past,
And trust him for all that’s to come.
Joseph Hart

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Culture and theology

by Richard on February 26, 2006

Faith and Theology has a round-up post of his Essential culture for theologians series. Everything from paintings to buildings. I still feel that the series is incomplete: I was looking forward to “Essential hairstyles for theologians” and “Essential underclothes for theologians”. But despite this lack, there has been some very helpful material along the way.

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Faith, luck and the believer

by Richard on February 25, 2006

Strange how things sometimes come together, isn’t it? I’ve never really given much thought to what might be a Christian view of “luck”, but recently I’ve found my attention dragged in that direction.
I was reading over at La Shawn Barber’s blog two posts which I know she intended to be inspirational: Work! and Believe!. A [...]

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Sing lustily!

by Richard on February 25, 2006

Speaking of things folkie, I’ve really been enjoying Sing Lustily and with Good Courage by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band. It is a collection of 18th and 19th century hymns played and in a vigorous, ‘folkie’ way — not an organ in sight. The album is an homage to the West Gallery style of [...]

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Radio Ballads

by Richard on February 23, 2006

I’m hardly qualified to call myself a “folkie”, but I do have an interest in folk music and have been known to murder the occasional folk tune on my trusty tin whistle. (My children leave the room and my wife mutters about divorce lawyers, but my shoulders are broad. :)) Any true folkies out there [...]

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Have Christian bloggers lost the plot?

by Richard on February 22, 2006

…asks Christian blogger Ales Rarus
If I had to summarize in one sentence the main reason I blog and how I choose what to blog about, I’d say that I’d like to help people stop begging questions, talking past one another, and calling each other silly and rude names, and start thinking critically, listening to one [...]

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Save our Sands!

by Richard on February 22, 2006

Gower Holidays is “up in arms” about sand dredging off the Gower coast
The Helwick Bank is a sand bank running along the South Gower coast between Port Eynon and the Worms Head (Rhossili). At the Port Eynon end it is about 1km off shore and at the Worms Head it is about 4kms off shore. [...]

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Blog merger

by Richard on February 22, 2006

Dave Walker makes an announcement.

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Bicycles - surely a sign of the kingdom

by Richard on February 22, 2006

Staring into the Distance: Riding a bike as a theological statement
And there’s something truly wonderful about a machine which can propel a human being at speeds exceeding our running speed, without contributing a single ounce to global pollution. The bicycle is a parable of faith: needing the rider to work with the machine, enjoying its [...]

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Writing music: As easy as abc?

by Richard on February 21, 2006

abc is a simple system for notating music. Instead of the traditional lines, dots and sticks of a conventional musical score, abc uses letters, numbers and a limited number of symbols to write music. The advantage? First of all, music files can be kept very small compared with the the large, graphic-intensive files needed to [...]

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