From the monthly archives:

January 2011

Adam, Eve — and Lilith

by Richard on January 31, 2011

Velveteen Rabbi has a fascinating insight into midrash.

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Has the Golden Eagle come home to Wales?

by Richard on January 31, 2011

According to a BBC report, it may have. Wouldn’t that be cool?

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The Daily Mail and Stephen Green: a torrid romance. Great stuff from Botherer

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Save our Libraries!

by Richard on January 30, 2011

Public libraries have been a ‘cinderella service’ for too long, and now they’re being taken as a soft target in the present government’s ideological assault on public expenditure. Libraries provide access to information, education and entertainment to many who might otherwise be denied them. They’re places of learning and opportunity that have often been under-valued, [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 30, 2011

A change from Wesley today.
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent Word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
You, who to Jesus for refuge have fled?
In every condition, in sickness, in health;
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home and abroad, on the [...]

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Those Palestine Papers

by Richard on January 28, 2011

Velveteen Rabbi offers a helpful roundup of the reactions.

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Taxed about tax

by Richard on January 28, 2011

Union bosses to decide whether to hold anti-cuts strike says the headline.
Union leaders will decide later whether to support a co-ordinated campaign of industrial action to oppose the government’s spending cuts.
Several large public sector unions are warning of possible strikes over pension changes, BBC political correspondent Norman Smith says.
But TUC officials are hopeful any action [...]

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Wrexham & Shropshire Railway hits the buffers

by Richard on January 27, 2011

This is very sad. The Wrexham Shropshire & Marylebone Railway has been running services from Wrexham directly into London since April 2008. The journey was quite unlike the alternative route operated by Virgin Trains: rather slower, but much friendlier. More old-fashioned, somehow. The rolling stock was comfortable and the staff always friendly. Unfortunately, I don’t [...]

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Creating God

by Richard on January 27, 2011

PamBG has decided to make God in her own image
I’m coming out of the closet: I have decided to create God in my own image. Really, I have.
I’m going to call Her Godde. Godde is a white middle class woman. Or, in your case, Godde might be an African-Caribbean young woman, or a disabled elderly [...]

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Numbers

by Kim on January 27, 2011

“In truth, Auschwitz signifies not only the failure of two thousand years of Christian civilization, but also the defeat of the intellect that wants to find Meaning - with a capital M - in history. What Auschwitz embodied has none. The executioner killed for nothing, the victim died for nothing. No God [...]

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Can’t resist sharing this

by Richard on January 27, 2011

The Journal of a Georgian Gentleman is an account of the life of Richard Hall, who apparently kept a haberdashery close to London Bridge at the end of the Eighteenth Century. I like the idea of the possibility that John Wesley bought his socks from my namesake.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2011: Untold Stories

by Richard on January 27, 2011

HMD 2011 Untold Stories from Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Vimeo.
More HMD resources

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CO2 Prediction

by Richard on January 27, 2011

It’s true. Both Exxon and BP are predicting that CO2 will continue to rise.
How long will a minority continue to promote the fiction that there is any real doubt about climate change?
More Throbgoblins cartoons…

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Digitizing the Shoah

by Richard on January 26, 2011

A new partnership with Google has enabled Yad Vashem (”the world center for documentation, research, education and commemoration of the Holocaust”) to make it’s remarkable archive of photographs documenting the Holocaust available online. The aim is to make original documents available too, searchable through experimental optical character recognition technology for the project.
via ReadWriteWeb

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Adam and Eve (not Adam and Steve)

by Richard on January 26, 2011

Wood reflects poetically, adding “I wrote this quite a long time ago, and for various reasons, I did not post it here then. I don’t care anymore though. I know this isn’t my best. But I like it a lot.”
It may not be his best (I’m in no position to judge, and his best is [...]

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Churchgoers and what to do about them

by Richard on January 25, 2011

Another splendid cartoon from Dave Walker which originally appeared in the Church Times.

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Apparently you can even see it from space

by Richard on January 25, 2011

Gap Between Rich And Poor Named 8th Wonder Of The World
At a press conference Tuesday, the World Heritage Committee officially recognized the Gap Between Rich and Poor as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” describing the global wealth divide as the “most colossal and enduring of mankind’s creations.”
“Of all the epic structures the human race [...]

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Now ET can phone home

by Richard on January 24, 2011

Soon, anyway
British engineers are planning to put a mobile phone in space.
The team at Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) in Guildford want to see if the sophisticated capabilities in today’s phones will function in the most challenging environment known.
The phone will run on Google’s Android operating system but the exact model has not yet been [...]

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Hymn of the day

by Richard on January 23, 2011

Thou God of truth and love,
We seek thy perfect way,
Ready thy choice to approve,
Thy providence to obey:
Enter into thy wise design,
And sweetly lose our will in thine.
Why hast thou cast our lot
In the same age and place?
And why together brought
To see each other’s face?
To join with softest sympathy,
And mix our friendly souls in thee?
Didst thou [...]

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It’s very exciting!
But if I was going to be blogging, I’d be picking up on Will’s post,

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