Wonderful Wonderful Ted and Sylvia (again)

I was watching a catch-up on TV  of  Happy Valley, and the magisterial acting of Sarah Lancashire.  Have you ever seen depression, despair and courage delivered with this weight of realism?  In the story her daughter Becky who committed...

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He turned writing of cricket into art and writing of music into young love.

Neville Cardus transformed writing about cricket into art, just as he turned writing about music into the enthusiasm of first falling in love.  Before him, fielders chased the crimson rambler across the greensward and wicketkeepers were the guardians of...

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Dear MP please don’t write me back a pompous letter…

Dear MP please don’t write me back a pompous letter telling me I can only write to my local constituency MP.  I appreciate that an individual MP cannot deal with every bleeding heart and blocked drain in Britain.  But...

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Singapore is passing away

Singapore is Passing Away The vision of Brexit is that once free of hampering EU regulations British entrepreneurs will create a dynamic economy, a Singapore-on-Thames.  It is an illusion.  History is a swiftly moving river ever flowing away, and those...

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Locke

The Great Diminishers  (1) Locke.   Scientists, and indeed all of us, usually think within pre-conceived thought worlds, that although we may not always realize it were originally the thoughts of the great philosophers, truisms, or so we assume, that we...

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How slavery fuels my rage against the Church, yet –

The Popes and Slavery   There have been many accusations recently that the Catholic Church blessed and permitted slavery.  In the bull Dum Diversas Nicholas Vth authorized the enslavement of Africans and the seizure of “all non-Christian lands” belonging to Saracens...

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Project Fear ? You bet

The Government’s incompetence over corona virus has been dismaying.  They say they are following the science but then ignore the scientific advice.  Contact tracing is a tragedy and a national humiliation.  It only works if you start it when...

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Yet I Still Want to be a Catholic: post 16

Yet I Still Want to be a Catholic - post 16. In my beginning is my end. The great philosophers are of immense importance.   They are important because they stake out the boundaries of thought. They supply us with basic...

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