From the monthly archives:

February 2010

Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 28, 2010

A change from Wesley today…
Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.
O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With [...]

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Methodist blogging

by Richard on February 28, 2010

Allan Bevere has posted his latest roundup.

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Google Street View woes

by Richard on February 26, 2010

ReadWriteWeb :: Street View Hits a Speed Bump in Europe
Now, the company (Google, of course) that has set out to digitize everything from ocean bottoms to outter space has received a warning from the European Union that it needs to do more to warn people before sending out cameras to record images for its popular [...]

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Ffrwd Quarry Nature Reserve

by Richard on February 25, 2010

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In praise of the local bookshop

by Richard on February 25, 2010

I’m a big fan of online shopping in general, and Amazon in particular. But sometimes you just can’t beat the service you get from a proper shopkeeper.
A case in point. I needed to buy multiple copies of Balthasar’s Mysterium Paschale. Only 15, but that’s more than the British distributor keeps in stock. Amazon listed it, [...]

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Some quick links

by Richard on February 25, 2010

Bishop Alan :: What grace is not
maggi dawn :: What Lent is not
Mashable :: Using open source software makes you an enemy of capitalism
Banksyboy :: Let me through, I’m an Anglican

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The Dishonest Truth: Part One of Two

by Joel on February 24, 2010

The voting public has come to expect, quite rationally, that most politicians, when either promoting their own views or denigrating the positions of their opponents, will from time to time take something truthful, then twist the words. A harder matter to rebut though, is when the facts maybe haven’t been twisted so much as [...]

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Lunchtime

by Richard on February 23, 2010

A short break from a study day at St Deiniol’s Library. Papers this morning looked at religous values of teenagers and the relationship between religion and ’social meeting’ across Europe. This afternoon we’ve got Pentecostalism in Asia, and a short presentation on ‘blogging, believing and belonging.
Guess which I’m doing.

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Workplace bullying

by Richard on February 22, 2010

Workplace bullying has been much in the news recently. First came accusations that Prime Minister Gordon Brown bullies his staff. Then a spokesperson for a charity set up to help those being bullied at work confirmed that they had been contacted by someone from Number 10. In response to this breach of confidentiality, one of [...]

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Using the wrong model

by Richard on February 22, 2010

Michael Tobis confronts some uncomfortable facts about the debate over climate change: Childhood’s end
Windmills may or may not be pretty, but our situation is not pretty at all. We need to come to grips with it. And our frantic lives with their narrowing margins of sanity and declining capacities for contemplation make it very difficult [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on February 21, 2010

SON of God, if thy free grace
Again hath raised me up,
Called me still to seek thy face,
And given me back my hope;
Still thy timely help afford,
And all thy loving kindness show:
Keep me, keep me, gracious Lord,
And never let me go!
By me, O my Saviour, stand,
In sore temptation’s hour;
Save me with thine outstretched hand.
And show forth [...]

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How would you cast your vote?

by Joel on February 20, 2010

For maybe the first time on this blog, I’m writing about voting that while perhaps political in a certain fashion, nevertheless doesn’t involve what many might call partisan politics or one political party against another. There’s no red state, blue state division here. The vote I’m referring to resulted from this deep recession that [...]

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Some quick links

by Richard on February 19, 2010

Wood gets poetically angry (or maybe that should be angrily poetic). Whichever, it’s good stuff.
Virtual Methodist offers some West Texas wisdom
Dave Warnock asks What if we create a better world for nothing?

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Precocious five: a little Auden at Lent

by Kim on February 19, 2010

His thoughts pottered
from verses to sex to God
without punctuation.
He woke in the small hours,
dismayed by a wilderness
of hostile thoughts.
Few can remember
clearly when innocence came
to a sudden end,
the moment at which we ask
for the first time: Am I loved?
Passing Beauty
still delights him, but he no longer
has to turn around.
Thoughts of his own death,
like the distant roll
of [...]

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Video of the day

by Richard on February 18, 2010

Show of Hands: Arrogance, Ignorance and Greed

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As it has been reported at politicsdaily.com and elsewhere, the United States put the squeeze on the British High Court to block the release of summary information implicating the CIA, with MI5’s help, in the torture of United Kingdom resident Binyam Mohamed. Find out more on the eventual outcome here at politicsdaily.com and [...]

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Social media guidelines

by Richard on February 17, 2010

With a political row about Twitter raging, I’ve just been listening to a conversation on the Today Programme about responsible use of social media.
Two bits of advice struck me:
1. When you put something out on the internet, don’t assume it can be deleted. When it’s out there, it’s out there.
2. Remember that anything you write [...]

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Dust thou art

by Richard on February 17, 2010

Angela Shier-Jones has a joyful take on Ash Wednesday
Yes.. I remember that I am dust - and I celebrate the distinction. For when you created the heavens and the earth you spoke everything - except humanity into existence. Humanity was not spoken into being out of nothing, but was carefully, deliberately formed by you from [...]

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Climate Change in the media

by Richard on February 17, 2010

RealClimate :: Whatevergate rails against media distortion of climate science, listing some recent examples where newspapers have ignored important sources or just made stuff up.

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Video of the day

by Richard on February 16, 2010

John Cleese explains the Brain

H/T Michael Tobis

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