Islam: religion of Peace

Islam is a religion of peace. True Islam has nothing to do with violence. True Muslims are moderate and peace-loving. Thus say the apologists. But it is not so. Islam is a religion of violence. It is a religion that is constitutionally...

The Heresy

This is the film for which Geert Wilders is being tried. The claim is that it is divisive and inflammatory. Yes, it is divisive because it reflects an existing division. One cannot wish social divisions away by pretending they do not exist and...

Heresy Trial

Heresy is again a crime in Europe. Geert Wilders, the Dutch parliamentarian, has been charged with making divisive and inflammatory remarks. The judges, in response to a motion from the prosecution, have ruled that the court will not hear...

New Politics?

The general election, the new parliament and the new government were, we were repeatedly told, to usher in a new politics. There would be an end to corruption. The seeking of personal and partisan gain would be consigned to the past. The new parliament...

Climate Change: numbers you can believe in

I do not know whether the Climate Change scientists are stupid or whether they simply assume we are, but more and more I am coming to feel that it must be one or the other. The latest piece of nonsense comes from here in Yorkshire. According...

Climate Change: the Fellows strike back

The Royal Society, which has consistently pushed  the anthropogenic global warming agenda, has now been criticised from within. Forty-three Fellows have complained about the Society's merging of fact and speculation and its characterisation of those...

Vesakha

Here is a thought from your Dudeist priest or minister or whatever. The subject for today is Vesakha. Today is Vesakha, the festival that marks the birth of Siddhattha Gautama aka the Buddha. Weirdly, it is also the celebration of his...

Guardians of the City

In the contemporary world it comes as something of a surprize to find a religious group that attempts to put into practice the exhortations of its holy scriptures. This is even more suprizing when this is done at obvious cost to its own interests. ...

Most memorable of teachers

We all have many teachers. Some leave little or even no trace at all; their endeavours apparently having been all in vain. However, some are so memorable as to remain etched in the memory decades later even more vividly than the present itself. Of all...

Childhood

'The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.' And nowhere is that more true than in relation to childhood. What constitutes childhood varies from place to place and from time to time. Childhood has always been culturally...

Flowers

Clematis Montana grandiflora This is a view of my garden. The beauty of flowers are beyond words. So, for my quincentenary blog post, I thought I would share this glimpse of the wonder of nature with you. ...

Sooty and Sweep

It appears that some people have never had the pleasure of meeting this famous duo. So, here is a brief taste of the delights that were Sooty and Sweep.

In praise of the side kick

The side kick is grossly under appreciated. Where would the hero be without his trusty side kick? What would have happened to Captain Pugwash without the ingenious assistance of Tom? Would we have been able to tolerate the drug addicted, obsessive,...

Cuts

So the government has announced the first tranche of cuts in public expenditure. Six point two billion with half a billion to be immediately reinvested. This is a start; but that is all it is, a start. It is less then ten percent of the cut that...

Scribbles 76

The Nominations: As Ian so eloquently expresses the idea, it is difficult to dissent. In no particular order, I would like to take this opportunity, so generously provided by Herr Scribbles, to suggest a few nominations for the title. ...

New Government

The new government has begun. There has been some fine talk, and some, well, not so inspiring. However, even though the issue of what would be done about the parlous state of the public finances was sedulously avoided during the election campaign, the...

Adding injury to insult

Pope Benedict, the holy man who condemns HIV prevention measures as sinful and equality laws as unjust, the man who condemns science as a sin and commends the Church's treatment of Galileo as just, is intending to visit this country. However, he is so...

Super Sleuth

Perhaps, my friends in America could enlighten me, for I am sorely puzzled. I have contemplated this for a while, but it remains an inscrutable enigma. Mrs Obama, apparently employing all her super sleuthing skills, tracks down an illegal...

Judges and Sense

Today, it was found that two young men were Islamic terrorists and constituted a serious threat to national security. However, the court held that these citizens of Pakistan could not be deported back to Pakistan as they would be in danger of...

You could not make this up?

For years, I have been saying to anyone who would listen (and indeed people who would not listen): 'There is no money!' On each and every occasion, the provocation has been the notion that we, collectively, would fund additional spending. I am sure...

A Reason to be Cheerful

In the aftermath of the inconclusive general election, there is at least one reason to be cheerful. Gordon Brown has packed his bags and seen the Queen and at last gone back to Scotland. If this strikes you as a judgement lacking in generosity...

Terrorism

Here is a thought from your Dudeist priest or minister or whatever. The subject for today is terrorism. So, how does one defeat terrorism? Can you do it by denying yourself all the liberties and freedoms that the terrorist does not enjoy? Can you...

Mr Brown

Mr Brown was the kind of person who had apparently been born to be a door-mat. All his life, everyone he had ever met, even for the most fleeting of moments, seemed to instinctively know that he could be used and abused and mistreated with impunity. He...