The dangers of slaying

The Week includes this in its "It Must Be True, I read it in the tabloids" section - so who knows. But I've googled and found a few things, including the public court documents so perhaps it is. But the…

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The politics of obesity? Hurd on Peel and Now

Have been reading Douglas Hurd's weighty but impressive bio of Sir Robert Peel (UK Prime Minister for 6 months in 1834-1835 and then 1841-1846) - full of anecdotes and interest about a man who is much maligned but arguably the…

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U2 Africa style – a gift of a response

The thought didn't thrill me. Especially after a friend tipped me off about a similar, earlier album of U2 covers by US Christian bands (called In The Name of Love - Artists United for Africa). One or two of them…

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The genius & gleanings of Bombaugh

I've no idea who Charles Carroll Bombaugh was but he was clearly some sort of literary genius. Thanks to a wonderfully pointless blog that I've recently come across (called Futility Closet), a number of his moments of brilliance have been…

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The Development Set

Thanks to my sister-in-law Lucy for this - it's quite old now, but still worth passing on. It is barbed, of course - but if anything, the situation is even worse 30 years on... The Development Set by Ross Coggins…

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The pastor’s wives’ revenge…

Thanks again to my transatlantic source, Paul Carter, for this fantastic demonstration of Christian revenge (er, hang on - that doesn't sound quite right). But pastor's wives are on the turn - they're fed up with being the butt of…

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No more retreat? – ethical nerve and hate crimes

Thanks to Alex Webb-Peploe for this link - fascinating article from the Sunday Times - about the impact that Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali is having, and the similarities with Mary Whitehouse, although the main difference being that Nazir-Ali is getting more…

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