From the monthly archives:

June 2009

Methodist blogging

by Richard on June 29, 2009

I neglected to mention that the latest Methodist blog round-up was published the other day. Allow me to correct the omission.


Yay for the NHS!

by Richard on June 29, 2009

I was watching Pat Robertson on the 700 Club the other night. They were discussing Obama’s health care reforms, and I heard from Mr Robertson that same sneer that I’ve sometimes heard from other Americans about “socialized medicine”. The comment went something like (I’m paraphrasing from memory) ‘Forcing people to stand in line - it’s [...]


A weekend of singing lustily

by Richard on June 28, 2009

I’ve had an interesting couple of days. Yesterday I shared with Andy Watts and Jub Davis of The Carnival Band in a workshop celebrating the hymns of the late 18th and early 19th century, heavily featuring the works of one Chas Wesley. We had a day of singing and playing a selection of fine hymns [...]


Hymn of the day

by Richard on June 28, 2009

Light of the world, thy beams I bless;
On thee, bright Sun of righteousness,
My faith hath fixed its eye;
Guided by thee, through all I go,
Nor fear the ruin spread below,
For thou art always nigh.
Not all the powers of hell can fright
A soul that walks with Christ in light,
He walks and cannot fall;
Clearly he sees, and wins [...]


Gays in the military

by Kim on June 24, 2009

“I am ambivalent about … gays in the military. I see no good reason why gays and lesbians should be excluded from military service … I think it a wonderful thing that some people are excluded as a group. I only wish that Christians could be seen by the military to be as [...]


Life in the fast lane

by Richard on June 23, 2009

Another day, another supermarket cafe. This time it’s the Morrisons in Newtown that has the dubious pleasure of my company. I’ve had a lovely drive across Wales from Lampeter, but this cup of (Fair Trade) coffee was most welcome.
I really know how to live it up.


“For over thirty years, Ray Anderson has been quietly writing a body of work that is remarkable in its ability to awaken both theology and the church to a theology that actually intersects with the ministry of the church and a view of ministry that dwells in a deep place of reflection… Donald Mackinnon, the [...]


Anyone for tennis?

by Richard on June 22, 2009

In celebration of the opening day of Wimbledon, here’s a bit of Monty Python.
Why would blancmanges from the planet Skyron in the galaxy of Andromeda want to turn the human race into Scotsmen?

It’s just possible Andy Murray would argue with the central premise of the sketch.


Radio Revolution?

by Richard on June 22, 2009

Last week I offered five reasons why analogue radio should be left on air. So I was pleased to read Libby Purves’ column in today’s Times: Radio revolution will leave listeners in silence
Take-up of the costly and energy-guzzling DAB technology is so pathetic that we must fight for our beloved analog sets
The word “digital” [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on June 21, 2009

Jesus, we look to thee,
Thy promised presence claim;
Thou in the midst of us shall be,
Assembled in thy Name.
Thy name salvation is,
Which here we come to prove;
Thy name is life and health and peace,
And everlasting love.
We meet, the grace to take
Which thou hast freely given;
We meet on earth for thy dear sake
That we may meet in [...]


Methodist Art Collection now online

by Richard on June 18, 2009

Betcha didn’t know that there was a Methodist art collection. I just picked this up in my in box:

A masculine Christ, a radiating Cain eyed by a simmering Abel and a floating vision of a dove are just a few of the works of art now online in the Methodist Art Collection
Art lovers have already [...]


A bizarre front page

by Richard on June 18, 2009

Let’s see what is going on in the world. There’s a continuing political crisis at home. Romanian immigrants have to flee their homes in Northern Ireland because of violent bigotry. Public sector borrowing has reached record levels. Further afield, there’s the turmoil in Iran. Violence in Somalia. Hillary Clinton fractures an elbow. There’s some real [...]


The Digital Britain report was published yesterday, coming up with a series of proposals to help Britons into the digital era.
The one which surprised me, though I haven’t yet heard any fuss about it, is the proposal to turn off both AM and FM radio signals by 2015, freeing up the bandwidth for other purposes. [...]


On the road

by Richard on June 16, 2009

Heading south for a meeting in Cardiff. It’s too hot to be driving. Hereford’s a bottle neck. I’m cheesed off, and the Asda cafe is the best I can do.
Yes. I’m after sympathy.



Jet Pack

by Richard on June 15, 2009

Jet Pack :: a new site from our friend Wood and some of his chums
Dispatches from the Money-Mouth Interface: Today, we (that’s my colleagues Will Hindmarch and Chuck Wendig and I) launch Jet Pack, a gallery and maybe a storefront for our fiction ambitions. Look out for chapbooks and other stuff in the near future. [...]


Methodist Conference in Wolverhampton

by Richard on June 15, 2009

The Methodist Conference will meet in Wolverhampton this July. The Conference is the governing body of the Methodist Church and is also a festival of celebration, worship and friendship.
More than 300 representatives from across British Methodism will gather at the Civic Hall from July 2 to 9, as well as hundreds of visitors. New Methodist [...]


Vote for a Change
Alongside the next general election there should be a binding referendum on whether to change to a new more proportional electoral system. This should be drawn up by a large jury of randomly selected citizens, given the time and information to deliberate on what voting system and other changes would make parliament [...]


“My hovercraft is full of eels”

by Richard on June 14, 2009


G. K. Chesterton - 10 bons mots

by Kim on June 14, 2009

The great writer, fantasist, and apologist G. K. Chesterton (b. 1874), the “prince of paradox” who fired his salvos at liberals and conservatives alike (so my kind of guy!), died today (June 14th) in 1936. Here are ten of the big (21 stone!) man’s brilliant bons mots.
“There is only one unanswerable argument against Christianity: [...]