the courage of Churchill’s convictions: the man who couldn’t win but who DIDN’T LOSE

It all happened behind closed doors; it depended on the discussions between a handful of senior English politicians; no one else outside their circle had the slightest idea of the importance of these discussions. But if the arguments held between…

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abolition of slave trade bill – 25th march 1807

Sunday 25th March was a remarkable day at All Souls. In the morning, CHRIS WRIGHT (my Langham Partnership boss) preached a gripping and profound sermon on the crucifixion narrative in Luke 23:26-43 in which he was able to bring out…

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the blogging menace

  I can't, for the life of me, remember where I got this from (I think it might be from the New York Times - if so apologies). But it was too good to be true. I will definitely regret…

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the changing status quo – political shifts in the abortion debate

Abortion protests in Washington DC

There was a fascinating short article in the latest BBC History Magazine (as well as a really helpful pull out section on the anniversary of slavery’s abolition) about some recent research into the history of the abortion debate. It is worth quoting in full:

“Going to War Over Abortion”

The current debate over abortion in the USA is polarized, with pro-choice opinion coalescing around the political Left and pro-lifers being associated with the Right. yet, as Richard Hughes of Illinois State University reveals in Burning Birth Certificates and Atomic Tupperware Parties: Creating the Antiabortion Movement in the Shadow of the Vietnam War (The Historian, vol 68, no 3), when the anti-abortion movement took off int he 1970s it had much more in common with the radical anti-war movement.

As the Vietnam War drew to a close in the early 1970s, former activists became instrumental in the pro-life movement, (more…)

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the pressure to change

i've succumbed to the perennial search for novelty and innovation. couldn't sleep, had early hours to kill with a brain that wasn't functioning enough to do something useful or sensible - so have come up with this. not completely convinced…

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Turkmenistan follow up – good news??

If you read the posting here about Turkmenbashi, the late (dictator, persecutor and rampant, lunatic egotist) President of Turkmenistan, back in December, then you may be interested by today's BBC article from Ashgabat. It seems that his successor, Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov,…

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Tattoed Mountain Women of Daghestan

Every year The Bookseller.com produces a shortlist for the Bookseller/Diagram Price for Oddest Title of the Year. 2007 entries contain some real classics and perhaps now is the time to broaden your horizons a little - both by voting and…

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