From the monthly archives:

August 2006

Artful is God

by Kim on August 31, 2006

There is no more brilliant sunlight or mellifluous moonlight than there is on a Greek island. While I was lying on a beach in Cephallonia this summer, a hymn in praise of the Creator began to come to me, and I finished it back in Swansea. Here it is. I’m sorry if you [...]

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Theology for beginners

by Richard on August 31, 2006

Ben Myers has been pursuing his ‘Theology for beginners’ series with vim and vigour - some grand stuff! He’s reached the 9th ‘episode’: the most recent posts have been Crucifixion, Resurrection, Triunity, and Election. You won’t be wasting your time with Ben.

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BlogCymru

by Richard on August 30, 2006

Following on from my piece yesterday, I was glad to receive the tip about BlogCymru, an aggregator of Welsh blogs. I’m not sure that I qualify to join (not being Welsh!), though I would like to know about getting an aggregator running with WordPress. I’d like to move the UnRight aggregator, and this looks ideal.
[tags]wales, [...]

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Be Provoked

by Richard on August 30, 2006

Provoke Radio is a talk show hosted by a Jesuit priest, Father Stephen Spahn. It’s mission is “to engage you in a reflection of important contemporary issues from the perspective of your own faith as an illustration of how the principles we all embrace…can be lived out in every day life”.
Worth having a listen [...]

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5 minutes away

by Richard on August 29, 2006

5minutesaway.co.uk
…a directory of services and facilities available for motorists within 5 minutes of each motorway junction, so you should never find yourself stuck for somewhere to go.
…information on easily accessible pubs, hotels, restaurants, garages and petrol stations as well as places of interest and things to do and includes detailed directions on how to get [...]

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Last big chance for global Arms Trade Treaty

by Richard on August 29, 2006

From Amnesty International
his is a crucial time for the Control Arms campaign to secure a new international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). In October the United Nations will vote to begin the process of reaching an Arms Trade Treaty.
Over 50 governments have already pledged their support publicly for an ATT, but this is not enough. A [...]

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Reading the Bible

by Richard on August 29, 2006

A new publication from SCM is Reading the Bible, with articles by our good friend Wood. Should be well worth getting.

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Swansea blogs

by Richard on August 29, 2006

Writing about Jim’s World earlier today reminded me that I’ve been meaning for a while to do a Swansea blogs roundup. Now is as good a time as any. These are in no particular order…
I rather like The Pig’s Lip by Chris Elphick. What you get here is a mixture of personal blogging with pictures [...]

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Young by name…

by Richard on August 29, 2006

Swansea blogger Jim Young has been featured in our local newspaper for his habit of a daily dip in the briny. He feels that since he took it up he has had more energy and needed less sleep. Whatever you may think of this theory, Jim’s World is well worth looking at - some great [...]

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Cameron: Thatcher was wrong about Mandela

by Richard on August 28, 2006

Conservative Party leader David Cameron has admitted what many of us have been saying for years: Margaret Thatcher was wrong to call Nelson Mandela a terrorist.
David Cameron has made another decisive break with the Conservative Party’s past by admitting that Margaret Thatcher had been wrong to brand Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) “terrorists” [...]

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Climate Change

by Richard on August 28, 2006

A physicist examines global warming

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Drink up thee zider!

by Richard on August 28, 2006

It has long been claimed that ‘Guinness is good for you’. We know that red wine has coronary health benefits. Now it seems that cider may be good for what ails you too.
Just so long as my doctor isn’t going to make me start drinking Budweiser. Yuk!

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Modern Times

by Richard on August 27, 2006

Ben Myers enthuses about Bob Dylan’s latest album Modern Times, to be released in the UK tomorrow. I heard some of it on Radio 2 last week (on the Ken Bruce show) and I agree with Ben. It is rather good.

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Ultimate Swansea

by Richard on August 27, 2006

One of the things that I have to rediscover every summer is just how much fun you can have with a Frisbee® (or other brand of flying disc, of which there are many). I can happily ignore my little collection of such things in the winter, but come summer I’m soon pestering my children (and [...]

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An Inconvenient Truth

by Richard on August 27, 2006

Peter Glover continues to be vexed about predictions of hot weather for August
July was indeed a hot month. Towards the end of July they told us “August will be even hotter”. Basically, it has not stopped raining or showering - and thus cooling - the countryside since. Now they confirm what most of [...]

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Meet the bloggers

by Richard on August 27, 2006

I read that BBC Radio 4 is to broadcast a series on blogging, starting this Tuesday. Ought to be worth at least half a listen.

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on August 27, 2006

Saviour, and can it be
That Thou should’st dwell with me?
From Thy high and lofty throne,
Throne of everlasting bliss,
Will Thy majesty stoop down
To so mean a house as this?
I am not worthy, Lord,
So foul, so self-abhorred,
Thee, my God, to entertain
In this poor polluted heart:
I am so frail and full of sin,
All my nature cries, ‘Depart’!
Yet come, [...]

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Seduced By War?

by Joel on August 26, 2006

Recently, I finished reading The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced By War (Oxford University Press: New York, 2005), written by West Point graduate and Vietnam veteran, Andrew J. Bacevich. I highly recommend the book to anyone who wonders how and why Americans have been so easily drawn into war in recent decades. [...]

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The Blogger’s Return

by Richard on August 26, 2006

I’m back from my summer holiday, 10 days camping in the lovely county of Cornwall. I did miss blogging, and though I’m sure it does me good to be away from th computer for a bit I was surprised at how often I found myself coming across something and thinking “I’ll blog that.” Now I’m [...]

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Sticks and Stones: reblog of the day

by Richard on August 23, 2006

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but calling names can’t hurt me.”
So goes the playground chant. It’s an incantation to protect ourselves from the evil of the words of others. It’s a reassurance that whatever others may say we are secure in our own person.
The problem is that like all the other incantations I’ve [...]

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