Wednesday, 25 November 2015


Read it:

For the fruit of all creation,
thanks be to God.
gifts bestowed on every nation,
thanks be to God.
For the plowing, sowing, reaping,
silent growth while we are sleeping,
future needs in earth's safekeeping,
thanks be to God.

In the just reward of labor,
God's will is done.
In the help we give our neighbor,
God's will is done.
In our worldwide task of caring
for the hungry and despairing,
in the harvests we are sharing,
God's will is done.

For the harvests of the Spirit,
thanks be to God.
For the good we all inherit,
thanks be to God.
For the wonders that astound us,
for the truths that still confound us,
most of all that love has found us,
thanks be to God.

(A hymn by the late Fred Pratt Green, a Methodist Minister in England)

Sing it

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Curfew (Cover Fire)

William the Conqueror set a curfew (from the French couvre-feu or cover fire) at 8:00 p.m., which was widely adopted across medieval Europe. 

Though this was ostensibly imposed to prevent fires from catching while people slept, those who will have read "William I – 1066 by Eleanor Farjeon" will recall that it was more likely about preventing candlelit late-night public plotting.

Monday, 23 November 2015

Let's be clear about this - immigrants and refugees.

Let's be clear about this.

1. The current expressions of xenophobia, paranoia, fear-mongering, ill-informed, anti-immigrant, Islam hating, Islam fearing, Mexican hating, deceitful pronouncements by "would be" 
 presidential candidates in the U.S.A. will bring about nothing that is good.

It will bring about  much which is  bad.

2. This vile rhetoric, especially as espoused by Mr. Donald Trump and Dr, Ben Carson (both Republicans) is tacitly supported by the silence of "would be" Democratic presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, Silence = Complicity.

3. My beloved native land (The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is also in the grip of unthinking xenophobia, anti-immigrant, anti-Islam rhetoric.

4. If (in the U.S.A.) your main source of news is Fox News, CNN, or CNBC  do understand that you are being fed a dangerous diet of Islamaphobia and anti immigrant rhetoric,  much of which poses as "news",  but  which in fact is biased propaganda,  masquerading as commentary.

5.  If (in the U.K.) your main source of news is one of the popular daily newspapers (i,e, "The Sun" or  "The Daily Mail")  do understand that you are being fed a dangerous diet of Islamaphobia and anti immigrant rhetoric,   much of which poses as "news" but which  in fact is biased propaganda, masquerading as commentary.

6.  If you think that I am being politically unrealistic then you are correct, For my thinking is not rooted in that which is politically popular or expedient.

Indeed it is rooted in the Jewish biblical tradition which mandates a generous welcome to the alien, and in the Christian biblical tradition in which Jesus tells his followers to welcome the stranger.

I much prefer the pure  teachings of the Torah, and of Jesus of Nazareth as opposed to the temporizing of politicians (left and right), and the propaganda of news sources in the U.K. and the U.S.A. 

Sunday, 22 November 2015

I, together with my brothers-in-law Bern and John are notoriously bad...

.. at parking in the marked spaces in parking lots.  It's often the case that we do not move forward enough, and that we park at strange angles which take up the whole of one parking spot, and a bit of another.

We always fail the validation test.